Library Closed for Memorial Day

Items can be renewed 24/7 online. eBooks and Audiobooks are always available for checkout through OverDrive and Hoopla.

Sunday, May 28 - Monday, May 29

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Create a Paper Chandelier!

Wednesday, May 24, 7 PM

Author Visit with Bill Clevlen

Join us for a visit with Saint Louis broadcaster and travel writer Bill Clevlen as he signs copies of his new book "100 Things To Do In America Before You Die".  We'll play trivia games, share travel stories and help you get inspired for your next road trip across America!

Thursday, June 1, 7 PM

Cassette to DVD Conversion

Library staff will convert your old VHS, VHS-C and 8mm cassette tapes to DVD for you for free! Click below for...

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Author Visit with Harper Barnes

St. Louis journalist Harper Barnes discusses his book, Never Been a Time, accounting one of the deadliest racial confrontations in the 20th century―in East St. Louis in the summer of 1917―which paved the way for the civil rights movement. Presented in partnership with the Community for Understanding and Hope.

Wednesday, June 7, 7 PM

3D Print @ Your Library

Meet our new MakerBot Replicator, now on display in the newly remodeled Children's Library.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Are The Library's Hours Of Operation?

Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday-Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Holiday Schedule

What Hours Can I Have My Passport Application Accepted?

The Library processes Passports on
Monday-Thursday 9:30 AM – 8:00 PM
Friday-Saturday 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Please note that all Passports must be completed with Library staff by the time listed above (1-hour prior to library closing). For more information about Passport acceptance at the Library visit out Passports page.

Where Can I Park At The Library?

A few parking spaces are available directly in front of the Library. In addition, there is a small parking lot on the east side of the building which is not time-monitored.  There are also city parking lots across the street on E. Jefferson Ave. and behind the Library off of Argonne, both lots offer timed parking. Downtown Kirkwood has created this handy parking guide.

How Do I Obtain A Library Card?

Anyone residing in Kirkwood, St. Louis County, St. Louis City, or St. Charles City-County may obtain a free Library card with proper ID. Those under the age of 18 must have parental consent to acquire a Library card.

Residents of the nine districts of the Municipal Library Consortium (MLC): Brentwood, Ferguson, Kirkwood, Maplewood, Richmond Heights, Rock Hill, University City, Valley Park and Webster Groves, should obtain a card with the library in their municipality, but are  welcome to use their home Library card at the Kirkwood Public Library. Cardholders may use their home Library card to borrow materials from each of the MLC libraries.

Any person residing outside of these areas may obtain a card for a $50/year per family.

What Identification Is Required To Get A Library Card?

The following are acceptable identification for receiving a Library card: driver’s license, voter’s ID card, residency permit, lease or bill of sale for residence, utility bill, or checkbook. Acceptable identification should include the patron’s name and address. Picture identification is required.

How Do I Renew My Library Card?

Library cards come up for renewal every two years to verify that all information on the account is current and correct. To renew a card a patron should provide their library card and a form of photo identification with proof of current address (see what identification is required to get a library card). The library card will remain the same unless a new one is requested.

Is Kirkwood Public Library Affiliated With Any Other Area Libraries?

Kirkwood Public Library is part of the Municipal Library Consortium of St. Louis County (MLC) which consists of nine community libraries. Though we operate independently — our fines and loan periods may vary — access to one library provides access to all, including a collection of over 700,000 volumes!

Members include:
Kirkwood Public Library
Brentwood Public Library
Ferguson Public Library
Maplewood Public Library
Richmond Heights Memorial Library
Rock Hill Public Library
University City Public Library
Valley Park Community Library
Webster Groves Public Library

Kirkwood Public Library is not part of St. Louis County Library, though through a reciprocal agreement, Kirkwood residents may obtain a library card from the St. Louis County Library and vice versa.

Can My Kirkwood Public Library Card Be Used At Other Libraries?

Your Library card may be used at the libraries of the Municipal Library Consortium: Brentwood Public Library, Ferguson Municipal Library, Kirkwood Public Library, Maplewood Public Library, Richmond Heights Memorial Library, Rock Hill Public Library, University City Public Library, Webster Groves Public Library and Valley Park Community Library.

How Long May I Keep Library Materials?
Audio Visual Materials 3 weeks, 2 renewals
Books 3 weeks, 2 renewals
Hot Reads 2 weeks, no renewals
Hot DVDs 3 days, no renewals
Magazines (current issues do not circulate) 1 week, no renewal
Reference Materials do not circulate
Video Games 1 week, 1 renewal
Does The Library Have Record Of Everything I've Ever Read?

No, however we have two wonderful options for doing just that.

The first is to turn on your Reading History. This can be done by logging into My Account and updating the Contact and Preferences section of your Record, or by calling the Customer Service Desk at (314) 821 5770 x 0.

The second way is to sign up for Library Elf, which allows you to not only keep your reading history, but also to set up additional notifications about your library account.

How Do I Renew Library Materials?

You are able to renew most items, as long as there are no requests on item(s) you have checked out. To renew items 24/7 call (314) 821 1162 or you may log into your library Account on the Catalog. You will need your library card to renew items. You may also renew your items in person or by calling the Circulation Department at (314) 821 5770 x 0.

How Much Are Overdue Fines And Fees for Lost/Damaged Items?
Overdue Items 15¢ a day per item, up to $5 per item
Overdue DVDs 25¢ a day per item, up to $5 per item
Lost/Damaged Items Cost of the Item + $5 Processing Fee
Missing CD/DVD Case $3.00
Missing Audiobook CD $10.00 per Disc
DVD/CD Missing from Case Cost of the Item + $5 Processing Fee
Collection Agency Fee $10.00
Overdue eReaders/Blu-Ray Players $10.00 per day
Will I Receive Notification About Overdue Materials?

Notices are sent to patrons via email, phone, text or mail depending on the requested method and type of notice.
The day after an item is due the status changes from checked out to “overdue” and begins to accrue fines.

First Overdue Notice Sent at 7 Days Overdue
Final Overdue Notice Sent at 21 Days Overdue

After 42 days (6 weeks) overdue, an item ages to Lost at which time the account is billed for the cost of the item plus a $5.00 processing fee. A bill will be generated IF the value of the item exceeds $15.00, and will be mailed or emailed to the patron. If the fees/fines on any account exceed $35.00 dollars for a period 14-16 days the borrower will be sent to collection, incurring an additional $10.00 fee.

You also have the option of signing up for Library Elf, which will allow you to set up additional notifications about soon to me due and overdue materials. If you are already using Library Elf with another library, you can add your Kirkwood Public Library card to that same Library Elf account and keep track of your materials from both libraries in one convenient place.

How Do I Request An Item?

You may request items online using our Catalog.

  1. Use the search boxes in the middle of the screen to find the item you would like to reserve.
  2. Use the ‘Place Request’ button on the right of the item description.
  3. Enter your library card number (or username) and password.
  4. Choose where you want to pick the item up and click Submit Request.

Or you can call us at (314) 821 5770 and we will take care of it for you.

Once the request is made, we will take care of the rest. As soon as the item is available for you to pick up we will send you an automated notification through your preferred notification method. If an item is not in our catalog, it may be available through inter-library loan. Please contact the Information Services Desk for more information at (314) 821 5770 x 1012.

Can I Send Someone To Pick Up My Requested Materials?

In order to ease the process of having your requested materials picked up by someone other than you, the Library can now associate accounts together for this purpose.

Once an account is associated with another, permission can be granted between the associated parties to allow the other to pick up requested materials with their own library card. This is useful for families, friends and even neighbors. In order to set up an association, you must visit our Customer Service Desk and all parties should be present in order to confirm the association.

May I Return My Materials To Another Library?

Yes, most Kirkwood Public Library items can be returned to any member of the Municipal Library Consortium, as well as to the St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles City/County libraries. Materials returned to any MLC library are checked in immediately and routed back to Kirkwood. Any item returned to St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles City/County libraries are checked in when they return to Kirkwood, and credit is given for the original date of return.

Inter-library loan items, telescopes and eReaders must be returned to Kirkwood Public Library and may not be dropped off at another location.

Does The Library Offer Internet Access?

Yes, we have a number of computers available for public use which have Internet access. A Municipal Library Consortium card is required to access the computers. Nonresidents may be issued a guest pass. There is a limit of 150 minutes per day per person/card.  Minors must have a signed Internet Permission Form on file to access the public computers.

The Library also provides free wi-fi. All wireless users need a wireless access code to access the wireless system which can be obtained at the public service desks and is displayed on many of the Library’s tables. The wireless code changes every few months. The wi-fi is accessible to all ages.

Can I Print Documents At The Library?

Yes, the Library offers printing in black and white for $0.10 cents a page and color for $0.30 a page. Kirkwood Library Card holders are entitled to $7.50 worth of free prints annually. Non-Kirkwood Library Card holders and guest users are not entitled to free printing. Printing can be performed from any of the public computers and can be released at the Self-Service Print Station, located near the computer lab. Mobile Print users and guest users should see a staff member at the Customer Service or Information Services Desk. Printing is also available from the Children’s Room for pick-up at the Youth Services Desk.

Printing is also available from your mobile device and from home via the Library’s Mobile Printing solution. Use the Online Printing Portal to upload a document or forward and email and any attachments to kpl-public-bw@printspots.com for black and white or kpl-public-color@printspots.com for color. Mobile Print users, who are also Kirkwood Library Card holders, should see a staff member at the Customer Service or Information Services Desk to utilize their allotment of free printing.

The Library also offers access to a large format printer, capable of printing up to 36 inches wide and up to 10 feet in length.  The cost of which is broken down based on type and width of the paper used. See this Rubric to estimate your price. Please inquire with Library staff to use the large format printer.

3D printing is also available. Please see our section on 3D printing or contact Library staff at (314) 821 5770 x 1027.

For more information about these services visit the Library’s Technology page.

Does The Library Have A Copy Machine Or Scanner?

Yes, we have a black and white copier on main floor near the Information Services Desk. Copies are $0.10 each.

We also have a Simple Scan station which allows patrons to scan and export documents and images to Google Docs, and email account, USB drive or to even fax documents.

For more information about these services visit the Library’s Technology page.

Does The Library Offer Fax Services?

Yes, the library can fax items at a cost of $1.00 for local faxes. For long distance faxes the cost is $2.00 for the first page and $1.00 for each additional page. For international faxing the cost is $5.00 for the first page and $3.00 for each additional page. To receive faxes, the cost is $1.00 per page.

For more information about these services visit the Library’s Technology page.

Does The Library Have Tax Forms?

During tax season we have basic Federal tax forms. We can help you find other forms and instructions by using the IRS website. Visit the Reference Desk or call (314) 821 5770 x 1012. More information is available on our Research It page, just look for the Tax Information tab.

Is Food Allowed In The Library?

Food may be brought into the Library. We also have snack and drink machines located in the children’s area. You may eat throughout the Library except at the computer stations and the computer lab.

May I Leave An Unattended Child At The Library?

Parents are responsible for supervising their children in the use of the Library and its materials. The minimum age a child may be left unattended at the library is 10 years of age.  And child under the age of 10 must be accompanied by someone 14 years of age or older.  The Library cannot assume the responsibility for children left unattended. The Library is not responsible for materials used or borrowed by children that their parents may find objectionable.

Please refer to the Library’s Service and Administration Policies, Article III, Section 4.K

How Do I Donate Items To The Library?

Donation bins are located at the counter near the Information Services Desk and also outside, behind the Library. If a donated item is not added to the library collection, the Friends of the Kirkwood Public Library will sell it as part of their fund-raising efforts. Receipts for donations may be obtained at the Circulation Desk.