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Central Public Library

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Address: 1301 Olive St, Saint Louis, MO 63103-2325
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A Stop Worth Making

My family of four (two daughters, ages 11 & 9) made a quick stop at the Central Public Library after our afternoon visit to City Museum. I think it is absolutely worth it from an... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family of four (two daughters, ages 11 & 9) made a quick stop at the Central Public Library after our afternoon visit to City Museum. I think it is absolutely worth it from an architectural and historical perspective. The building was renovated in 2012 and is gorgeous, especially the great hall. It simply gives insight into the design aesthetics... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The St. Louis Central Public library is located in a beautiful restored building on Olive. The building is a bit over 100 years old. There is wonderful wood work, statuary, stained glass, and ceiling work scattered throughout the building. There is exhibition space in the library, and we were fortunate enough to catch the St. Louis Blues exhibit. Lots of... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Recently renovated, make sure you see all the floors. Beautiful stained glass on third floor. Basement ceiling has literary quotes in the panels plus tree forts for kids to read in. Now handicapped accessible, this is a must see for bibliophiles.

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Florissant, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2017

A private tour led by a library docent is a fascinating peek into St. Louis' history and an enlightening view of the $70 million renovation that the library underwent several years ago. The St. Louis Central Public Library looks like a magnificent art museum. Each wing has a different style of beautiful hand-painted ceiling. The rooms on each side of... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

You will love this place even if you don't like libraries. Its the best in the country. I wished I had a library like this when I was kid. I would lot smarter.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2017

The library is a wonderful building, which you can enjoy on an historical level or just as a library. The architecture is extraordinary and they have a pictorial display about the building of it. There was a special display on Blues Hockey history which was very nicely done. You can definitely spend the day here and lose all track of... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016

After an extensive renovation, the downtown Central Library is both beautiful and now functioning in the 21st century. Certainly worth a walk through for visitors. The rare book dept. is an oasis of quiet and treasures.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016

I live near Central Library and I am very impressed with the remodel and renovations that restored the facades and inside architectural details of the library and then added modern services and meeting spaces on the Locust Street side. A real class act and the Library deserves kudos to improve the experience, and keep the historic gem this library is.... More 

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Helena, AL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2016 via mobile

We visited while in town and got a map from the information desk. The nice gentleman there told us all about the library and how everyone that worked there was so proud of it. We wandered through and it was a beautiful space. It is a working library so being a tourist there is a little strange but no one... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016

I always visit libraries when I travel. It's typically quiet and beautiful, a good opportunity to take a break, charge up some electronics, do some work or research, watch other people, etc. This library was all of the above. I would recommend the free tour.

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