Research & Community Resources

If you’re looking for current, reliable information from a wide variety of resources, including research in specialized subject areas, then try using these Library databases.

A database is an indexed collection of articles and data from sources that include encyclopedias, newspapers, professional & trade journals, popular magazines, and specialty publications.  Each one offers a different set of titles, features, and date range of publication.  Some articles are provided in full-text, along with images such as photographs or tables; in some cases only a citation is provided.

Select the following links for online access; these resources are available to all Kirkwood Public Library card holders and are accessible from home, work or in the Library (some databases are accessible in the library only). Please enter your card number (without spaces) when prompted.

Also included on this page are a variety of resources you can use to help you find tax forms, call for tax assistance, or locate a tax help location in the St. Louis area. Jump to Online Resources

Arts & Crafts:



Universal Class


Consumer Reports on EBSCOhost



Learning Express Library

Learning Express – Computer Skills Center

Learning Express – Resume and Cover Letter Builder

Universal Class


America’s Obituaries & Death Notices by NewsBank Library Edition (Temporary In-Home access is available. Log into your patron account and look for the Research Databases from Home sidebar, located on your Items Out page.)

Heritage Quest Online

KPL Digital Archive

Missouri Digital Heritage


Foundation Center Directory Online (Temporary In-Home access is available. Log into your patron account and look for the Research Databases from Home sidebar, located on your Items Out page.)


Consumer Health Complete


Mango Languages


America’s Obituaries & Death Notices by NewsBank Library Edition (Temporary In-Home access is available. Log into your patron account and look for the Research Databases from Home sidebar, located on your Items Out page.)


Consumer Health Complete

Consumer Reports on EBSCOhost





Explora – Elementary

Explora – Middle and High School


FirstSearch – Online Inter-library Loan Requests In-Library / At Home

Foundation Center (Temporary In-Home access is available. Log into your patron account and look for the Research Databases from Home sidebar, located on your Items Out page.)




Heritage Quest Online


KPL Digital Archive

The largest and most comprehensive collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices. Extensive editorial review of all newspaper sections ensures thorough selection of obituaries for easy access. An easy-to-use interface allows searching by name, date range, or text such as institutional name, social affiliation(s), geographic location(s), and philanthropic activities. Library Edition (Temporary In-Home access is available. Log into your patron account and look for the Research Databases from Home sidebar, located on your Items Out page.)
Ancestry Library Edition is a genealogy research tool created for library users. It gives patrons instant access to a wide range of unique resources for genealogical and historical research. Includes records from the United States census; military records; court, land, and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists, and more. This database is only accessible in the library.

Consumer Health Complete is an EBSCO database that focuses on health issues. To find articles on health issues use this link!

Consumer Reports on EBSCOhost
Search the EBSCO database for articles in Consumer Reports.

Creativebug is an inspirational resource for DIY, crafters and makers with thousands of art & craft video classes. is a website for learners who want to practice their skills before taking the real DMV permit test. The site provides practice tests for every state in the U.S.

Search for articles in hundreds magazines, journals, and newspapers.

Explora for Elementary School students makes it easy for students to search by keyword or by topic. Results can be easily sorted by source type – -magazines, reference books, photos, flags, etc.

EBSCO’s Explora for Middle and High School students makes it easy for students to search by keyword or topic to find useful search results. Results can be easily sorted by source type—magazines, reference books, photos, flags, etc.

Increase awareness of all library collections with a powerful lens on the world’s largest library catalog, WorldCat. FirstSearch navigates through WorldCat’s 414 million bibliographic records in seconds, connecting searchers to exactly what they need. It’s a direct link to the authoritative content that informs collection development decisions, solves reference questions, and meets interlibrary loan demands. Offers online Inter-library Loan requests from home or within the Library. Or contact the Reference Desk (314) 821 5770, Option 2 to place a request.

Free access for library patrons. An inside look at jobs and companies. Anonymous reviews and salary data from employees and interview candidates.

HeritageQuest Online allows you to search images of the U.S. Federal census records from 1790 up to 1930. This database offers users over 20,000 book titles that inlude 8,000 family histories and over 12,000 local histories.

Welcome to Kirkwood Public Library’s Digital Archives! Our mission is to provide access to digital content that is in need of preservation, historically relevant, and meaningful to the Kirkwood Community. Explore our collection of historical photos, yearbooks, documents, and more! We currently have records from the Kirkwood Parks and Recreation Department, the Library, Kirkwood High School Yearbooks, and local businesses. We are always adding more to our collection!

Whatever your goal, Learning Express Library’s resources will help you succeed. Each of our Learning Centers offers the practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and information you need to achieve the results you want—at school, at work, or in life.

Part of the Learning Express Library family, the Computer Skills center offers more than 100 self-directed video tutorials for commonly used software applications from Adobe, Microsoft and the Windows operating system. Tutorials are engaging, self-paced, and allow you to save progress and return at your convenience.

Part of the Learning Express Library family, the Resume and Cover Letter Builder offers more than 200 expert-developed resumes covering a range of occupations and preparation levels. Build your own or use one of many templates.

Mango is the award-winning language learning resource for individuals and organizations around the world. The only single solution that combines quality content, intelligent technology, and an adaptive algorithm that delivers practical phrases from real situations. This is language learning centered around you.

More than 9 million records can be accessed through Missouri Digital Heritage, including the collections of the Missouri State Archives, the Missouri State Library and other institutions from across the state.

You can easily search multiple resources for quick subject and database searching on a single page! This search includes databases listed below such as Business Source and Discovering Collection. Additionally the search will include the St. Louis Post Dispatch and the Kansas City Star.

Source types include printed and online local newspapers. Explore a specific issue or event through the detailed coverage provided by local reporting or compare a wide variety of viewpoints from across the country on topics such as politics, business, health, sports, cultural activities and people. And now with the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

NoveList Plus – Your Guide to Reading. More than 150,000 fiction titles, 50,000 nonfiction titles and over 4,000 custom created articles and lists! Find information by author, title, read-a-likes, genre or subject.

Part of the EBSCO family, Read It! is designed for middle and high school students and adults who have a basic foundation in English grammar and reading but need adapted reading material for a variety of subjects. It offers resources to help build background knowledge, conduct research and improve study skills. Content includes step-by-step research guides, “Read Out Loud” text-to-speech tools that enables users to highlight and listen to text as well as Lexile Measures to indicate a text’s level of difficulty.

Explore a specific issue or event through the detailed coverage provided by St. Louis Post Dispatch on topics such as politics, business, health, sports, cultural activities and people. See past issues from 1981 to the present.

Science Reference Center is a comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full-text science-oriented content. Designed to meet every student’s science research needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, and periodicals.

Universal Class provides online continuing education courses to schools, libraries, companies, educators, and individuals throughout the world. With a growing course catalog of over 500 online classes, Universal Class is committed to providing only the most affordable and highest quality continuing education. With streaming video, website avatars, insightful instructional content, helpful tutors, and a social networking experience, Universal Class offers an engaging and measurable learning experience that helps students master and document their educational goals.

Use WorldCat Discovery Services to identify resources at your library and in the collections of the world’s libraries. Search the WorldCat database of electronic, digital and physical resources; to identify materials you need and to find out where they are available. Offers online Inter-library Loan requests from within the Library. Or contact the Reference Desk (314) 821 5770, Option 2 to place a request.

Civic Resources

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**Free Notarizing in the Library**

If you need your mail-in or absentee ballot signed by a notary, we’ve got you covered! Starting on September 23rd, a Notary will be available in the front vestibule every Wednesday through October 21st from 5pm to 8:30pm, and every Saturday through October 17th from 9AM to 12PM. Masks Required. Bring a Photo I.D. The building is still closed to the public at this time, please note patrons will only be allowed in the vestibule area for ballot notarizing purposes. See our calendar for all available dates.


Special Options for 2020 Elections

During the November general election in 2020, Missouri voters will be eligible to cast ballots by mail with notarization of the ballot envelope, and voters in at-risk categories for contracting or transmitting COVID-19 are eligible to vote by absentee ballot without obtaining notarization. The deadline to request a mail-in or absentee ballots is October 21st at 5pm. Ballots must be received at your local election authority by November 3rd at 7pm. Absentee ballots may be returned by mail or in person to your local election authority. Mail-in ballots must be returned by mail. For more information on eligibility, voting options, and deadlines, click here.

Request for Mail-in or Absentee Ballot – November 2020 General Election

Absentee Voting Information

Registered Missourians who expect to be prevented from going to their polling place on Election Day may vote absentee beginning six weeks prior to an election. Additional information for military and overseas voters may be found at the section entitled Military and Overseas Voters: Absentee voters must generally provide a reason for voting absentee. Mailed in or faxed absentee ballot requests must be received by the election authority no later than the 5:00 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to any election. Voters can vote by absentee in the office of the local election authority until 5:00 p.m. the night before the election. Voters can request absentee ballots from their local election authority in person or by fax. For more information, visit the Absentee section of the MO Secretary of State’s How To Vote webpage. Find your Local Election Authority Contact Information.


2020 Missouri Elections

STL County Election Calendar
MO Election Calendar

Official Election Day (polls open 6:00 am – 7:00 pm)

Style of Election Last Day to Register
March 10, 2020  Presidential Preference Primary February 12, 2020 
April 7, 2020 June 2, 2020 General Municipal Election Day  March 11, 2020 


Official Election Day (polls open 6:00 am – 7:00 pm) Style of Election Last Day to Register
August 4, 2020  Primary Election July 8, 2020
November 3, 2020 General Election October 7, 2020

St. Louis County Board of Elections

715 Northwest Plaza Drive, St. Ann, MO 63074 (314) 615-7400


Find Your Polling Place

Click here to find your polling place and candidates/issues that will appear on your ballot. You will only see a result if there is an election less than 6 weeks away.

Check Voter Registration Status

Click here to check your voter registration status.This will also display your polling place, though only if the next election is less than 6 weeks away.

Register to Vote

Click here to find instructions on how to register to vote or register a name change or change of address. To register online, make sure to select “a tablet, mobile device, or other touchscreen device” for the “I am using:” selection.

Voter ID Information


Most Missourians have a Missouri Driver’s License or Nondriver License, which is an acceptable photo ID for voting. There are also plenty of other options, too. • Option 1: An ID issued by the state of Missouri or the US Government (Driver or Non-Driver license, U.S. Passport, or Military ID) • Option 2: An ID issued by your local election authority, such as a voter registration card • Option 3: A student ID from a Missouri university, college, vocational, or technical school • Option 4: A current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or other government document that contains the name and address of the voter • Option 5: If the voter has no form of identification, but is a registered voter, they may cast a provisional ballot. Missouri’s photo voter ID law also requires the state of Missouri to assist voters who might not have a photo ID with the process of obtaining one free Missouri non-driver license for the purpose of voting. Request a photo ID here. Samples of acceptable IDs


League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government.



City of Kirkwood

Find information here about City Departments, elected officials, news, and upcoming events. Non-emergency number: 314-822-5858

Kirkwood City Council

The City of Kirkwood’s Charter places administrative authority with the Chief Administrative Officer and legislative and policy-making authority with the City Council. The Mayor and six Council members are elected at large, meaning they serve all residents of Kirkwood equally. The City Council meets at 7:00 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of each month at Kirkwood City Hall, 139 S. Kirkwood Road. The public is invited to attend. A time for public comments is provided for at the beginning of each meeting. Code of Ordinances City Newsletters


Missouri House of Representatives

Members of the Missouri House of Representatives serve two-year terms with elections held in even-numbered years.  The House is comprised of 163 members.  There are multiple MO Representatives for Kirkwood zip code 63122.  Click here to determine which representative is the elected official for your address.

District 83: Gina Mitten MO House of Representatives 201 West Capitol Avenue, Room 107 Jefferson City, MO 65101 Phone: 573-751-2883 Email:
District 89: Dean Plocher MO House of Representatives 201 West Capitol Avenue, Room 233-A Jefferson City, MO 65101 Phone: 573-751-1544 Email:
District 90: Deb Lavender MO House of Representatives 201 West Capitol Avenue, Room 101-C Jefferson City, MO 65101 Phone: 573-751-4069 Email:
District 91: Sarah Unsicker MO House of Representatives 201 West Capitol Avenue, Room 135-BC Jefferson City, MO 65101 Phone: 573-751-1285 Email:
District 99: Trish Gunby MO House of Representatives 201 West Capitol Avenue, Room 103 BB Jefferson City, MO 65101 Phone: 573-751-3859 Email:


Missouri Senate

Members of the Missouri Senate serve four-year terms.  The Senate is comprised of 34 members.  Click here to locate your Missouri Senator by street address.

District 15: Andrew Koenig 201 W Capitol Avenue, Room 331 Jefferson City, Missouri 65101 Phone: (573) 751-5568 Contact Andrew Koenig


U.S. House of Representatives

Also referred to as a congressman or congresswoman, each representative is elected to a two-year term serving the people of a specific congressional district. The number of voting representatives in the House is fixed by law at no more than 435, proportionally representing the population of the 50 states.  U.S. Representatives are elected to two-year terms. Click here to determine which representative is the elected official for your address.

District 1 Wm. Lacy Clay 2428 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Phone: (202) 225-2406 Fax: 202-226-3717 Contact Lacy Clay
District 2 Ann Wagner 435 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Phone: (202) 225-1621 Contact Ann Wagner
Click here to watch live floor proceedings of the U.S. House of Representatives.


U.S. Senators

The Senate is the upper chamber of the U.S. Congress, which with the U.S. House of Representatives, forms the legislative branch.  Each State elects two Senators in staggered six-year terms.  For a listing of all 50 Senators, click here.

Roy Blunt 260 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510 Phone: (202) 224-5721 Contact Roy Blunt
Josh Hawley B40A Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510 Phone: (202) 224-6154 Contact Josh Hawley
Click here to watch live floor proceedings of the U.S. Senate.

Tax Information

A limited quantity of tax forms will be available at the Library in 2020. Library staff will help you find forms or information, however, we cannot help you fill out forms or provide tax advice. For help finding forms, please visit the Library or call the Reference Desk at (314) 821-5770, Option 2.

Federal Tax Information

Internal Revenue Service

Tax assistance 800-829-1040 TTY/TDD Help 800-829-4059

Missouri Tax Information

The MO Department of Revenue is no longer providing paper forms for libraries to distribute. Missouri forms can be downloaded and printed using the resources below. Missouri Department of Revenue

Missouri Department of Revenue Tax Assistance Center Truman Building, 301 W. High St., Room 330, Jefferson City, MO 65101 (573) 751-3505

Where’s My Refund

Local Taxpayer Assistance

Click on the links below to find tax help locations around the St. Louis area.

AARP MO Tax Aide

Gateway EITC Tax Sites

US Census 2020

The US Census happens every 10 years, and helps to determine how federal funding dollars are distributed and how each state is represented in the government. Your responses are very important!

Invitation cards were mailed to each residence between March 12-20. These cards contain instructions on how to respond. You don’t need receive your card or wait until April 1st to complete the census though, click here to complete the Census online now!

You can also complete the Census over the phone by calling (844) 330-2020 (English, click here for other languages) If you do not respond online or by phone, a paper questionnaire will be mailed to your home in mid-April.

For questions about special circumstances and who to count, please click here.

Remember, the Census Bureau will never ask you for:

  • Your full Social Security number.
  • Your bank account or credit card numbers.
  • Anything on behalf of a political party.
  • Money or donations.

For information on jobs with the 2020 US Census, please visit

Community Resources

About this Resource Guide This resource guide was created in 2017 with the intent to:

  1. Make resources accessible to patrons
  2. Destigmatize seeking resources
  3. Empower staff to assist patrons

This is by no means an all-inclusive guide. The resources may evolve and grow over time. If you have a recommendation of a resource to include, please let Reference staff know.. Agencies are listed by category, alphabetically. Just Ask! Reference librarians are available to assist patrons with all kinds of research needs and interests. We are happy to assist you by providing information about agencies and helplines. We can direct you to library materials that address topics found in this guide. If you need assistance, please just ask!

Tags are used in an effort to make finding the right resource as efficient as possible. Please note that the majority of resources could refer someone to different resources. The Gender Inclusive tag is used to highlight organizations that have specified they work with people of all gender identities. This is especially worth paying attention to on DV/IPV resources. People of all genders can experience domestic or sexual violence. However, some services are still geared to serve only cisgender women. Some organizations will shelter cisgender men and boys, transgender women and men, and non binary individuals. Some will not. Please refer to the Gender Inclusive Tag in these cases. Tags: Crisis Line Crisis Intervention/Safety Planning Food Pantry Financial Assistance Gender Inclusive Language Services Legal Advocacy Mental Health Services Shelter Veterans Youth Resource



  1. Introduction
  2. Homeless Shelters
  3. Kirkwood & Nearby Food Pantries & Resources
  4. Youth Resources
  5. Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence & Sexual Violence
  6. LGBTQ-Specific Resources
  7. Immigrant, Refugee, and Multilingual Services
  8. Suicide Prevention
  9. Legal Advocacy
  10. Veterans
  11. Appendix: Terminology and Phone Policy

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

As COVID-19 (Coronavirus) makes the rounds in the news, we want our patrons to know that we are taking the spread of the disease seriously. KPL staff will continually monitor the situation through local and national information sources, and respond accordingly.

In response to public concern, we are increasing our daily cleaning and sanitizing of our​ public computers, copiers, scanner, and staff workstations. We are requiring appointments for computer usage. We are limiting the number of available computers in order to provide social distancing while in use. We ask that patrons do not stay in the library when their computer appointment is over to keep the number of people in the building at one time down. Library services are limited at this time, but we are offering Curbside Pickup. For a complete list of services we are offering, please check out the Calendar of Events for virtual programs and the Library’s homepage for currently available services.

With our curbside service, all returns should go in the drive up or exterior book drops. Staff will not be able to collect returns from patrons at the time of Curbside Pickup. Returned items will be quarantined for 4-5 days, after which time they will be checked in and returned to our shelves. Therefore once you return items to the library, they will still show on your library account for at least 4 days until we are able to check them in. These procedures help ensure that any items that you receive will have not been touched for an appropriate amount of time. Please allow a week to check in your materials. If they still appear on your account after that, let us know and we’ll look into it for you.

All items may be returned except for electronic items that are required a signature at the time of check-in and items that will not fit into the book drops. To arrange returns of electronics or larger items please contact Courtney Flesch at (314) 821-5770 ext. 1024.

For the safety and protection of our staff and other patrons please do not come to the library if you are sick or under quarantine orders. After using library materials we recommend washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water.

For additional information on COVID-19, please check the following resources:

If you have questions about COVID-19, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has set up a hotline staffed 24 hours a day by medical professionals. Call 877-435-8411 to reach the hotline.