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Central Public Library

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Address: 1301 Olive St, Saint Louis, MO 63103
Phone Number: +1 314 241 2288
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One Classy Lady!

This is truly one of the jewels of St. Louis! It has finally been restored to it's original glory over the last few years. If you are a fan of architecture, you have to go check... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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77 reviews 77 reviews
15 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

This is truly one of the jewels of St. Louis! It has finally been restored to it's original glory over the last few years. If you are a fan of architecture, you have to go check it out! High ceilings! Great Roman columns! Marble and brass galore! Take your time looking at the restored brass entry doors! Gaze up at... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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104 reviews 104 reviews
36 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

If you are downtown drop by the Dpwntown Public Library and check out this newly remodeled historic building. I wouldn't think it would take more than a half hour to look around but it is worth a look if you haven't been here since the remodel.

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Union, Missouri
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

A very kid-friendly library with the coolest furniture to hang out in. Our kids always ask if we can stop by. Make sure to look up in the main hall - it's a beautiful old building and looks like a library should look.

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Maryland Heights, Missouri
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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

The renovations on this facility are amazing. The kids reading area is spectacular. They did a great job of preserving the architecture and adding modern amenities. This place is a an amazing venue for book lovers.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

since renovation, a regular visitor books more accessible than in county, since less competition for "my taste" gorgeous. can borrow there and return to county worth a visit just to see architecture

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St. Louis, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

In the midst of downtown St. Louis is this beautiful old building that has been brought back to life, exhibiting beautiful ceilings, art, and a utility for all ages and backgrounds. Not as large or impressive as the New York City Library, the recent renovation is still a delight to behold.

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New Hampshire
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
22 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
17 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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