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Using the Library

How Do I?...

Get a Library Card

Fill out the online application or stop by any St Louis County Library location and present photo identification, such as a driver's license, showing your name and current address.  If the photo ID does not include the current address, other documentation must be provided. Library cards are free to those who live in or pay property taxes to the SLCL district or the following library districts (SLCL has reciprocal lending agreements with these libraries)

  • Brentwood Public Library
  • Ferguson Public Library
  • Kirkwood Public Library
  • Maplewood Public Library
  • Richmond Heights Public Library
  • Rock Hill Public Library
  • St. Charles City-County Library
  • St. Louis (City) Public Library
  • University City Public Library

A card is $50 per family, per year for anyone who lives outside St. Louis County, St. Louis City or St. Charles County. Some restrictions on database access may apply to non-resident cardholders. Additionally, Interlibrary Loan Service is not available to non-resident users.

Sign up for Library Elf service to get email & text reminders when my items are due?

Library Elf is a third party Internet-based tool for keeping track of what's due, overdue and ready for pickup. You can keep track of one or more library accounts in one place and receive reminders and notification. Reminders are sent when you want it -- before items are due (up to seven days advance notice, weekly notice or everyday reminders). For families or anyone who would like reminders before an item is due, you can set a notice for a selectable number of days in advance. If Library Elf is for you, sign up for an account.

Reserve a meeting room

Auditoriums and meeting rooms are available to groups and organizations that meet the guidelines listed below.

Applications will be accepted for January through June 2017 at any St. Louis County Library location starting on Saturday, October 1, 2016.
Applications will be accepted for June through December 2017 at any St. Louis County Library location starting on Saturday, April 1, 2017.

Reserve an Auditorium/Meeting Room

Take a computer class

All computer classes are free. Registration is required and begins 28 days prior to the class date.<br>
To register for a class, please call 314-994-3300 or visit any branch. Registered students MUST give 24 hour cancellation notice to allow others on the waiting list to attend.

View upcoming classes

Get help with eMedia

Book a Trainer!

Free assistance on a variety of computer-related issues and mobile devices is available at all SLCL branches. You may request a 30-60 minute session with an SLCL computer trainer by filling out a request form or calling 314-994-3300. Advance reservation is required and appointments are subject to availability. Topics and times are limited.

Contact Us

Fill out our contact form and we will answer your questions about our eMedia services.

Start researching my family history

Founded in 1998, the History and Genealogy Department is a major research destination offering access to a growing collection of more than 85,000 print items, 850 periodical titles, 40,000 microfilm rolls, and a variety of electronic databases.

History and Genealogy Department collections offer unique sources emphasizing research in the St. Louis metropolitan area, the state of Missouri, and states and foreign countries that fed migration into Missouri. The collections also offers substantial holdings for New England states, the original 13 colonies, and a growing collection of sources from foreign countries. Military history and sources for research on various ethnic and national groups are well represented.

Book a Librarian

  • Do you need help assembling a list of companies?
  • Are you writing a resume or cover letter?
  • Do you need to learn how to download eBooks, eAudiobooks, or eVideos from the library?
  • Would you like for a librarian to come to your business, incubator, co-working center or school to provide database training to a group?

Reference Librarians are available for one-on-one appointments to learn how to use the library's electronic resources such as the Reference USA database, demonstrate how to work with U.S. Census data, or show you how the library's eMedia service works.

Please contact the Reference Department at 314-994-3300 ext. 2050 or by completing a form to schedule an appointment. We will get back to you as soon as we can to set up a time.

Get my eBook (PDF/ePUB2 or 3) included in the library eBook collection

Are you a local author looking to get your work into the St. Louis County Library's eBook collection? The library has a new service just for you!

SELF-e is a collaboration between Library Journal and BiblioBoard that lets local authors upload their work for inclusion into the Indie Missouri collection, available to all participating Missouri libraries. Submissions will also be considered for the Library Journal's SELF-e Select collection. LJ's SELF-e Select submissions go through a rigorous curation process by Library Journal. Titles accepted into LJ's SELF-e Select collection are available to participating libraries nationwide.