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Central Public Library

1301 Olive St, Saint Louis, MO 63103-2325
+1 314-241-2288
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Lots to see and more to learn!

First, let's state the obvious - the building is ridiculously pretty. Bring a camera, you're going... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Vanessa C
Beautiful building

This is one of the loveliest libraries I have seen, inside and out. They have kept the history... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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1301 Olive St, Saint Louis, MO 63103-2325
+1 314-241-2288
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First, let's state the obvious - the building is ridiculously pretty. Bring a camera, you're going to want to drool over it later. And moving on. So. We decided that we wanted to take a tour of the library and turned up a bit before...More

Thank Vanessa C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of the loveliest libraries I have seen, inside and out. They have kept the history alive in the building and it still functions as a modern library. They have special displays also, making it a mini-museum. At the time of my visit...More

Thank HkyLvr
Reviewed 29 May 2017

This library was recently renovated but I think a lot of it was the section that they added on. However, the older part is the dazzle in this building. Lots of woodwork and mosaic work through out the building. A lovely place to come study...More

Thank Deana M
Reviewed 22 May 2017

Recently went on a tour of the library. I was with a walking group but individuals can also arrange for a tour of the facility. With the docent, you got lots of facts and information - it was very interesting.

Thank Grandma991
Reviewed 26 April 2017

We had some time before a wedding on a recent Saturday and we were within walking distance. What a special building. We had a very nice tour guide and enjoyed both the temporary exhibition in the main hall and the beautifully detailed restoration of the...More

1  Thank CorrineAtlantaGa
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Like most main library branches, ours does not disappoint. I have found better research materials here than in come collegiate libraries. It's also very quiet, lots of places to hang out away from people, large meeting rooms, there's also a production studio where you can...More

1  Thank Rachel J
Reviewed 10 April 2017

For lovers of classic buildings and libraries. The hush draws visitors into various floors and subject areas. Extensive local history collection.

1  Thank lauriestlaurent
Reviewed 30 March 2017

The architecture of this stunning library designed by Cass Gilbert is a wonder. The library is sensational. We attended an architectural lecture that was so informative. The lecture is part of a series on architecture around the world. It is always on the last Tuesday...More

1  Thank Lorin G
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

My family of four (two daughters, ages 11 & 9) made a quick stop at the Central Public Library after our afternoon visit to City Museum. I think it is absolutely worth it from an architectural and historical perspective. The building was renovated in 2012...More

1  Thank houlihanmc
Reviewed 25 February 2017

The St. Louis Central Public library is located in a beautiful restored building on Olive. The building is a bit over 100 years old. There is wonderful wood work, statuary, stained glass, and ceiling work scattered throughout the building. There is exhibition space in the...More

1  Thank Davigeta
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