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.

Library Services

Library Policies

On-Line Policy Manual

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
Magazines 2 weeks None
CDs 2 weeks None
DVDs - Adult 2 weeks None
DVDs - Kids 2 weeks 10 checked out
HOT Items 1 week 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 on-line or 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.

Friendly staff are always ready to help you. Please ask if you don't find what you want at the Library.

You can read about the Organization of the Library.