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Books & Beyond

Books & Beyond is Kirkwood Public Library’s Gift Shop which is managed and staffed entirely by volunteers.

The shop is located on the main level, right inside the entrance, across from the Customer Service Desk. All proceeds from the shop benefit the Kirkwood Public Library. Call (314) 821 5770, option 8 for more information.

Hours of Operation

Monday – Thursday
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Friday – Saturday
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Hours are subject to change.

What’s Available at Books & Beyond?

We have gently used books in many categories—adult and children, fiction and non-fiction.  All books are priced at a deep discount.

A wide variety of items are available for people of all ages – from “onesies” for newborns to fashion accessories for adults. games, puzzles, note cards, and home decor are just a few of the fun and educational items on hand to please you and that special person on your gift list.

Unique hand-crafted items range from stunning pieces of jewelry to kitchen accessories, baby gifts, hand-knit scarves and more.  A talented group of volunteers provides our craft items with new offerings on a regular basis.

Many of our customers tell us they don’t buy their greeting cards anywhere other than Books & Beyond. Our selection includes birthday, anniversary, sympathy, get well, baby, blank cards, and just-for-fun cards. Stop by to learn why so many people buy their greeting cards only from us.

Book Donations

** Beginning January 2nd, 2024, the Library will stop accepting book donations while we are under construction for our new HVAC system. We hope to be able to resume accepting donations at the completion of this project. Thank you for your patience! **

Book donations are only accepted inside the library in small increments. A red donation wagon is located near the computer lab. Items must fit into the wagon, otherwise they will not be accepted. If your donation is too large to fit in the wagon, call (314) 821-5770 x 1023 to arrange a time to bring it in.

Items Not Accepted

  • Encyclopedias
  • VHS Tapes
  • Magazines
  • Any material in an outdated format

From Article V, Section 9 of the library’s Service and Administration Policies

The Kirkwood Public Library accepts donations of books and other materials. The Library assumes unconditional ownership of all donated items. Library Staff will make final decisions regarding the inclusion of items in the Library collection, sale for fundraising efforts, or the final disposition of the item. The Library cannot give a dollar valuation for gifts of materials, but it will provide the donor with a statement verifying the number and type of materials donated and accepted, upon request.

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