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Special Collections, located on tier five of the headquarters branch of the library, has extensive holdings of over 80,000 items. Our StLGS Collection consists of approximately 20,000 items, including books, journals, maps, and CDs.
We also have a much smaller collection of books at our office reference room. To view a list of the books available in the StLGS Reference Room, click here.
The research library collection is largely a reference collection; most items in the collection do not circulate. Where duplicate copies exist, the duplicate may circulate. See the library catalog for details.
Most of the materials in the Special Collections Department are on open shelves. A notable exception to this is that all family history books and most genealogical periodicals are in closed stacks and must be requested.
To protect the collection, purses, briefcases, and any type of closed containers may not be brought into the department. Free lockers are available to store these materials on tier four.
Microfilm and Internet
There are many microfilm machines available for patron viewing of microfilm records. Also, there are several computers in the department with Internet access, including subscriptions to Ancestry Library Edition and ProQuest's HeritageQuest Online databases.
9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday
1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Sunday (Sept - May)
St. Louis County Library Headquarters Branch
1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63131-3598
Phone: 314-994-3300, ext. 208
St. Louis Genealogical Society · #4 Sunnen Drive, Suite 140 · St. Louis, MO 63143 · 314-647-8547