All St. Louis County Library branches reopen with limited capacity, services

The Grant's View County Library at night.

The Grant’s View County Library at night.

All St. Louis County Library branches have reopened with limited capacity and limited services, while still offering curbside pickup for books and materials. Masks will be required, and the number of people allowed in the building will be enforced to encourage social distancing.

Starting Friday, June 19, all branches reopened with a number of safety precautions in place, including Grant’s View, Cliff Cave, Weber Road, Meramec Valley and Oak Bend, the libraries in and around South County.

But the branches will only be open for computer use, browsing the collection, checking out materials, using the scanner or copier and returns of larger items. Anyone who is experiencing symptoms of any illness is requested to stay home.

Hours of operation for all SLCL branches are Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Patrons 9 years and older will be required to wear a mask to enter the library. Free masks will be available. Patrons are also asked to stay 6 feet apart, and 6 feet away from employees.

Capacity is limited at each branch to maximize social distancing. Cliff Cave, Weber Road, Meramec Valley and Oak Bend have a limit of 15 people at a time, with eight on the computers. Grant’s View has a limit of 20, with eight on the computers.

Visits will be limited to 60 minutes in the library per patron. Access will be on a first come, first served basis. If a line forms outside, the library requests that visitors keep 6 feet apart.

Computer usage will be limited to 45 minutes, and other than at computer tables, no chairs will be provided for library users.

The library has also installed Plexiglas shields at service points to protect employees and is advising staff to limit interactions. Returned books and materials will be quarantined for 72 hours. The buildings will regularly be disinfected and sanitized. Hand sanitizing stations will be provided, and frequent hand washing will be encouraged.

Additional safety measures are outlined below. Visit www.slcl.org/reopening for more information or call 314-994-3300.

Due dates on all materials have been extended until June 30. Overdue fines will not be charged.

Additional safety measures:

  • Maximum occupancy is restricted per location
  • All library usage will be limited to a maximum of 60 minutes.
  • Limited numbers of computers will be available
  • Computer usage will be limited to a maximum of 45 minutes.
  • Other than chairs at computer tables, there will be no seating for patrons.
  • Copying, scanning, faxing and retrieval of printouts will be performed by employees on behalf of patrons.
  • Public restroom access will be limited to one patron at a time.  
  • Discovery Zones will remain closed.
  • In-person History and Genealogy services will be offered by appointment only. Other History and Genealogy services will be offered via email and phone.

Curbside service will continue to be available. This contact-free service allows patrons to reserve and pick up books and movies at all 20 SLCL locations. Learn more.

Book drops at all 20 St. Louis County Library locations reopened to the public on May 26. Patrons may return books, music and movies to the book drops. Larger items such as musical instruments, puzzles, telescopes, Sci-finders kits and binoculars can be returned inside the branch starting June 19. 

SLCL will continue providing drive-thru mealsemergency diapers and period products at select branches, including the Weber Road Library.