About the Library
The Maplewood Public Library serves the community of Maplewood, Missouri, a near suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. Founded in 1935, it is one of the oldest libraries in the St. Louis area. The Library belongs to a nine-member cooperative of independent libraries, with reciprocal borrowing privileges. In 1996, these libraries formed the Municipal Library Consortium to implement a shared automation project, providing access to the Internet for their patrons and a combined title catalog for the member libraries.
- The Library can give you answers to your questions, plans for your projects, and help with your problems. The Library has books, magazines, newspapers, pamphlets, audiotapes, videos and DVDs.
- We offer word processing, Internet access, voter registration cards, shut-in services, a VCR player you can use to view the Library's videos and a copy machine.
- Maplewood's history is preserved at the Library in photos, documents, clippings and interviews. Ask about the history video.
- Your questions can be answered in our Reference section in person or by phone.
- Children up to the age of 18 may obtain a library card with the signature of their parent or guardian.
- A weekly Preschool Story Time is offered for 3 - 5 year olds. It's a fun introduction to books and stories, and helps increase a child's attention span.
- Each year, the Library sponsors a Summer Reading Club to encourage young readers. Participants keep track of the books they read, and attend special events at the Library.
- Other special programs for children are held throughout the year.
- All events at the Library are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is usually required.
Anyone is welcome to use the Library at any time; however, to check out materials, you must have a library card.
Library cards are free for anyone living in or owning property or a business in Maplewood. Library cards are also available for free to residents of St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles Library districts. It's easy to get a card: simply bring in identification showing your current address.
You are responsible for all items checked out on your library card, and you will be charged any fines or replacement costs.
Please report a lost library card immediately, as well as any address or name changes.
Borrowing period and fines for most items are:
|Borrowing period||Overdue fine||Limit|
|Books||2 weeks||5¢ per day||None|
|DVDs - Adult||2 week||5¢||None|
|DVDs - Kids||2 week||5¢||10 checked out|
|HOT Items||1 weeks||25¢||5 checked out|
There is a 1-day grace period when the fine will not be collected.
NOTE: Each Library in the Consortium has its own loan periods and fines. It is your responsibility to know the policies of each Library you utilize.
Books may be renewed by phone if there are no requests for them.
There is a 50¢ fee to replace a lost library card. Fines of $5.00 or more make your card unusable until fines are paid.
A convenient book return box on the sidewalk allows you to return items when the Library is closed.
The "Libraries Without Boundaries" program provides you with access to most other public libraries in the area. Ask about this service.
Friendly staff are always ready to help you. Please ask if you don't find what you want at the Library.