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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 carry a wide variety of previously-read, gift-quality books. You’ll find fiction, non-fiction, biography, children’s, middle readers, history, literature, cook books, home and garden, crafts, religion, self-help, business, travel, science, and Missouri/St. Louis, among others.  For Books & Beyond, we strive to choose books of current interest in all categories. All books are bargain priced at 50 to 70% less then retail.

A wide variety of gift items are available for readers and people who love books and words. You’ll find everything from tools that are helpful while studying or doing research, to game books that will help keep your mind sharp, to themed journals. Special items are available for youngsters that help promote reading and literacy.  Many items in our gift selection are unavailable anywhere else in the metropolitan area.

Unique hand-crafted items range from stunning pieces of jewelry to functional pieces that help keep your purse organized to lovely scarves that accent a special outfit or make an everyday outfit special. A talented group of Friends members 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, and just-for-fun cards. Stop by to learn why so many people buy their greeting cards only from us.

Book Donations

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  • Any material in an outdated format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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