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Read, watch, listen… our collection is growing every week! Take a look at what’s new at your Library.

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A web-based tool for keeping track of what’s due, overdue and ready for pickup. Users can keep track of one or more library accounts in one place and receive reminders (sometimes called pre-overdue or early notification). Reminders are sent when the user wants it — before items are due (up to seven days advance notice, weekly notice or everyday reminders). A great tool for families or anyone who’d like reminders before an item is due.

Technology

Take home technology & discover new ways to see the world! These devices are available for checkout.

Kits

Handy resources for your family, classroom or book club! Grab-and-go kits include a variety of materials to entertain & enlighten.

Kirkwood Public Library values local nonprofits and the communities they serve. Nonprofits continue to enjoy a 90% discount when reserving our meeting room. The links collected on this page point Nonprofits to helpful local agencies that provide advice, counseling, and resources.

We have also introduced the Nonprofit Library Card to provide additional benefits to local nonprofits. These include 50% off all types of printing in the library and access to checking out special equipment. Come in any time with proof of your nonprofit status and proof of authorization to receive your card!

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Community Spotlight Collection

Kirkwood Public Library values our local authors and encourages the inclusion of their work in our collection.  The Community Spotlight Collection is a place for our area talent to share their work with the entire Kirkwood community.

Are you a local author, musician, or filmmaker? This collection is for you! The Community Spotlight is on CDs, DVDs, and fiction and nonfiction books by local creators, or on items featuring the St. Louis region.

To find out if your work is eligible for inclusion, click here to review the full policy.

To donate your work or request that the Library purchase a copy, please complete an application.

 

Book Clubs

All Library book clubs are open to the public. We hope to discuss books with you at an upcoming meeting! If you have any questions these book clubs, please call 314-821-5770, option 3 or visit us at the Reference Desk.  We can also help with Book Clubs to Go!

Book Club at the End of the Universe

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Meets monthly on a Thursday evening at 7 pm.

Explore new and fantastical worlds with a selection of Sci-Fi and Fantasy books.

Books on Tap

 

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Meets monthly on a Wednesday evening at 7 pm at 612 Kitchen & Cocktails.

Ever thought that books are best discussed over drinks and food? You’ll love Books on Tap. We read everything from biography to contemporary literature, chosen by popular vote.

Community for Understanding and Hope Book Group

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Meets monthly on a Thursday evening at 7 pm.

In the quest to transform the Kirkwood area into a prejudice-free community of highly respectful individuals, CFUH initiates ongoing dialogue and social interaction to create an environment of understanding and healing.  This group is co-sponsored by Kirkwood Public Library.

Mystery Readers

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Meets monthly on a Wednesday afternoon at 2 pm.

Crack the clues with the Mystery Readers Book Club! Join our super sleuths as we enjoy a wide array of new and recently released mysteries. Titles chosen by popular vote.

Readers’ Circle Book Discussion

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Meaningful discussions are held in the lower level meeting room on the first Thursday of September, November, January, March and May at 7 pm.

We all suggest books for the coming year and vote in June for the selections, which include best sellers, non fiction and classics. Run by Library volunteers.

Saturday Morning Perks

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Meets every 6 weeks on a Saturday morning at 10 am.

Wake up your body and perk up your mind with our Saturday morning group. We’ll provide the coffee; you just bring your thoughts! Selections are both fiction and nonfiction.  

Jun 10 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
7:00 PM
Join us for a discussion of The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah. This month’s discussion will take place via Zoom. Please sign up using the form below to receive a meeting invitation! Loading…
Jun 11 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
7:00 PM
Join us for a virtual discussion about all the Sci-fi and Fantasy-related things you’ve been reading lately! Please sign up by using the form below to receive the Zoom meeting invitation. This invitation will be[...]
Jun 17 @ 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
2:00 PM
Join us for a virtual discussion of Whose Body? by Dorothy Sayers. Please enter your email in the form below to receive a meeting invitation. Loading…
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Join us virtually (by phone or computer) for a discussion of Brown Girl, Brownstones by Paule Marshall. To find electronic and print copies in the Kirkwood Public Library catalog, click here. In a quest to[...]
Jun 20 @ 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
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Join us for a virtual book discussion! This month’s book is The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. Please sign up using the form below to receive a meeting invitation. Loading…

Book Recommendations

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Can’t find it at your Library? We’d love to hear from you! Please fill out the form below, stop by the Library or call (314) 821 5770, Option 3 to recommend new items to add for our collection.

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Inter-Library Loan

Inter-library Loan (ILL) allows a patron to request items not available through the Municipal Library Consortium from libraries across the country. ILL is available to Kirkwood cardholders who hold a valid library card with less than $10.00 in fines/fees.

To search for materials, utilize the WorldCat Discovery or FirstSearch database.

While in the library, inter-library loan items may be requested online using the FirstSearch database and Worldcat Discovery. Otherwise requests can also be made by visiting the Reference Desk or calling (314) 821 5770, Option 3. Please provide as much information as possible about the item you desire. Please note that we cannot request items that are currently owned by the MLC, including items checked out, reference items, items released in the past 12 months, or items on order in our system.

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KPL ILL Borrowing Guidelines

Eligibility and Limits on Interlibrary Loan Borrowing

  • Interlibrary loan service is available to Kirkwood Public Library card holders in good standing–i.e. owing no more than $10.00 in outstanding overdue fines. Eligible patrons may have up to five active requests at a time. Active requests include items currently on loan to the patron and requests not yet filled.
  • Books, audiovisual materials, including videotapes, audiotapes, DVDs, CDs, and photocopies of periodical articles not owned by KPL or the MLC can be requested through interlibrary loan.
  • Items that cannot be borrowed include any item currently owned by the MLC, including items checked out, reference items, items released in the past 12 months, or items on order in our system.
  • There is no cost associated with requesting an ILL for Kirkwood Public Library cardholders.
  • Overdue Fines and Replacement Costs Patrons are responsible for any overdue fines and replacement costs. Fines for overdue ILL items are $0.25 per day, per item. Replacement costs for damaged or lost items are determined by the lending institution, and may amount to many times the actual value of the item.
  • Loan periods and renewal options are determined by the lending institution. A lender may recall an item at any time. Some libraries do not allow renewals, or require that items be used only within the library.
  • Renewals, which are solely at the discretion of the lending institution (not KPL), cannot be guaranteed. KPL will request one renewal per item. Requests for renewal must be made at least 5 days before an item’s due date. If the request is made later, fines may be accrued while waiting for a response from the lending library.
  • Fines may be incurred by the patron for overdue ILL materials, damage to loaned items, or other abuse of ILL privileges. See Policy above for details.