Central Public Library

Currently Open [Closes at 09:00 pm]
  • Address: 1301 Olive St, Saint Louis, MO 63103 (Downtown), United States
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  • Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-3142412288
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Library, Educational Site, Family And Kids

You’re at the King’s Crossing Station, between platforms 9 and 10 when a little girl goes hurtling passed you! She’s about to hit the wall! You’re about to cry out but you’re suddenly somewhere else. You’re on a desert island and you see a young boy with a conch shell in his hand, fair hair glistening in the sun. You wave at him to catch your attention when the sea water sucks you into the ocean. Thankfully, you’re floating down peacefully. When you come to a stop.. right next to a giant whale. Before you can think, you’re right back where you started: the Central Public Library in St. Louis.

The St. Louis Public Library is a library system that has been around for more than 100 years. It was built in 1865 as a members-only private library and opened to the public in 1874. It became a publicly supported free lending library in 1893, with a collection of 90,000 books. After an expansion and renovations, the library grew both in size and collection. Today, the library has 17 branches, including the Central Public Library, and is home to 4,600,000 books and other learning supplements. The Central Library is probably the most famous branch, and is known for its architectural beauty as much as it is for its collection.

  • Architect Cass Gilbert created an oval central pavilion surrounded by four large courts with a colossal arcade. The building is highly recognizable thanks to its beautiful rusticated granite facade, Tiffany windows and a colourful sunken garden at the back.
  • The rooms are large enough to help you immerse yourself in your book, and spaced in such a way anyone can easily cross genres. There are different rooms for every topic; genealogy, children, teens, archives, history, geography, fiction and more. There’s also a brightly painted and intricately carved children’s area filled with classic kids books.
  • If you don’t feel like reading, you can always listen to a few books. The library is home to numerous other learning aids as well, such as periodicals and nationwide/worldwide newspapers, audio-visual material like DVDs and VHS Tapes, books on tape and CDs, music CDs and music cassettes. You can also go on a tour of the library.

Central Public Library Travel Tips

  • When you leave the library, make sure you take a parking token from the front desk. You will have to use this token to exit the parking lot.
  • The tour lasts about an hour, and you are taken through the entire library.
  • Free docent led tours are conducted every Monday and Saturday at 11:00 am, noon and 1:00 pm.
  • Charging station tables are scattered throughout every room to make electronic use easy.
  • There’s a free parking area at Olive and 15th Street.

How to Reach Central Public Library

  • There will be a MetroLink station nearby, as well as buses.

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  • Central Public Library Address: 1301 Olive St, Saint Louis, MO 63103 (Downtown), United States
  • Central Public Library Contact Number: +1-3142412288
  • Central Public Library Timing: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Central Public Library: 02:00 Hrs
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  • 14.88% of people who visit Saint Louis include Central Public Library in their plan

  • 42.55% of people start their Central Public Library visit around 2 PM - 3 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Central Public Library

Monday, Tuesday and Friday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Central Public Library

People normally club together Powell Symphony Hall and Cardinals Hall Of Fame Museum while planning their visit to Central Public Library.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

Central Public Library Reviews & Ratings

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    On 20-Jul-2019

    I DON T LIKE ANCESTRY ITS KEEPING ME FROM MY RECORDS AND MY CHILDRENS RECORDS FROM KANSAS

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    On 20-Jul-2019

    MY LIBRARY ISN T WORKING AND I DON T LIKR ANCESTRY EITHER