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Central Public Library

1301 Olive St, Saint Louis, MO 63103 (Downtown)
+1 314 241 2288
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Ranked #11 of 131 Attractions in Saint Louis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Libraries, Cultural
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Type: Libraries, Cultural

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Goffstown, New Hampshire, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

What a beautiful library. The building outside and the grounds are simply gorgeous. Quiet and peaceful.

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Lenexa, Kansas
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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

After you pick up the Top 10 places brochure and are completely awed by the architecture floor to ceiling, take a look at the books! The books are behind beautifully lighted glass doors inside magnificent cases. The respect for the written word is everywhere. The displays depicting the materials and design of the building are impressive. We thought-"How did the... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Even if you don't you will enjoy this beautiful building. Go take a tour (Monday and Saturday 11, Noon and 1pm) to get the most out of your visit. If you do not enjoy yourself I will take down this review.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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42 reviews 42 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

a MUST SEE - couldn't believe how awesome this place is. I live in the county and am totally jealous of this place - would go there daily if I lived anywhere near by.

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Kirkwood, Missouri
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Everyone should take advantage of the free tours of the recently renovated St. Louis Public Library downtown. Docent volunteers provide a great narrative as you explore all the nooks and crannies of this wonderful building. Tiffany windows are beautiful. The woodwork is original (mostly). The childrens library room is wonderful. Truly worth the time!

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St. Louis,Mo
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This is truly a building the city of St. louis should be proud of. The effort to get it done and remodeled is well worth it. The children's area is just bright and fun with lots of fun things for kids. Just to wander through the halls and the different rooms is an enjoyable experience. I sure hope everyone finds... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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55 reviews 55 reviews
37 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This library is beautiful and spacious. The architecture is historical and interesting. On Saturdays and Mondays they offer free tours during the day by Docents. They have different rooms for every interest; genealogy, children, teens, archives, history, geography, fiction, etc. Unfortunately I've never had the staff or librarians be very helpful or friendly. They all just sit at their desks... More 

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Wildwood, Missouri
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56 reviews 56 reviews
17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Thanks to a recent $70 million dollar facelift, this library is a gem! Restoration included a complete cleaning and renovating, opening a huge sky light that had been previously covered with plaster, adding collapsable shelving, and increasing storage. The spaces are wide open now with plenty of room to read, work, and learn without feeling as if the other patrons... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Bibliophiles will love the huge open halls, marble floors, and ornate ceilings. Beautiful quiet spot, and romantic somehow!

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

The library is within walking distance of all the hotels in downtown St. Louis. It is well designed with an interesting interior of ceiling designs, and stained glass windows. The genealogy section on the third floor is especially well resourced for people interested in Missouri and surrounding states genealogy. I found land descriptions of my great, great grandfather's wife's family... More 

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