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Central Public Library

1301 Olive St, Saint Louis, MO 63103-2325
+1 314-241-2288
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We Visited for the Architecture

We visited this library so we could see the architecture. The building was renovated and expanded... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Mike O
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Roanoke, Virginia
My favorite library to walk around in - ever!

I didn't have time to check out the actual books, but it was really fun to take a quick look... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
allifromWI
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West Bend, Wisconsin
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1301 Olive St, Saint Louis, MO 63103-2325
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+1 314-241-2288
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this library so we could see the architecture. The building was renovated and expanded in 2012, about a century after it's initial construction. This extensive renovation restored and preserved the Great Hall while simultaneously adding enormous structural elements to the building. That mix...More

Thank Mike O
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I didn't have time to check out the actual books, but it was really fun to take a quick look around. This library is an amazing blend of old and new. Half of it was very modern with clean lines, fun modern sculptures, and quotes...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great option if you want a quite place, large rooms in a nice building. Went in the evening to spare some time - it was not crowded, was impressed by the main hall, the nice area for youngsters and the room for kids.

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Reviewed 5 April 2018

Stunning building and one of the best stocked libraries I have ever seen. Wish I had more time while visiting St Louis to spend here. Well worth a visit to see the history of how it was built and the amazing ceilings. Lucky residents having...More

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Reviewed 14 March 2018

I had a condo for during the work week on 17th & Pine. I used to drive by it each day, watching them during renovations. I finally went in after. It is so lovely. Great views in every direction. Truly a gem in the middle...More

Thank Shanna M
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Reviewed 14 March 2018

The Central Library is absolutely gorgeous - beautiful frescoes, great architecture, and interesting murals. You could spend a lot of time wandering around and looking in to all of the different rooms. But what especially impressed me is that it's a working library. There were...More

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Reviewed 7 March 2018

A public library is the People's University - for ALL to use. The Central Library in downtown St. Louis is truly a magnificent treasure for this city. The free concert last night was packed and just one of many free programs offered here. The librarians...More

Thank NamasTeBolivia
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Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

This historic STL monument is not only excellent for reference material but studying, sightseeing, solitude, studying, meetings & experiencing true Saint Louis culture. Totally revitalized & modern with original details brought back to life; from the stained glass to the tiles & wood work, Central...More

Thank Christy A
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Reviewed 30 November 2017

We frequently go here for the architectural lectures. The library itself is simply gorgeous. This is a masterpiece not to b missed

Thank Lorin G
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Reviewed 9 October 2017

What a stunning building. Our family was walking past while headed to a ball game when we decided to go inside. We were greeted by King, a docent, and offered a condensed tour. The history and craftsmanship of this building is incredible. Worth checking out!

Thank Laura B
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