FAQ

Q? What is the Municipal Library Consortium?

A.  The Municipal Library Consortium (MLC) is a group of nine independent city libraries in St. Louis County.  These libraries are:  Brentwood Public Library, Ferguson Public Library, Kirkwood Public Library, Maplewood Public Library, Richmond Heights Memorial Library, Rock Hill Public Library, University City Public Library, Valley Park Community Library, and Webster Groves Public Library.

If you have a card at any of these libraries, and are in good standing, you are able to use it at all nine libraries.  This opens up a world of over 500,00 items to our patrons.  We have a five day a week delivery service that delivers inter-library loan items to each library.  We also share reciprocal borrowing with St. Louis Public Library and St. Charles City/County Library.

We have had to terminate our reciprocal borrowing with St. Louis County Library.  The Valley Park Library, Board of Trustees, made the decision that the yearly fees were too expensive to continue.

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What is the history of Valley Park Library?

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The Valley Park Community Library was founded in 1940 when a group of concerned citizens met and decided a library would be beneficial for the town. The City donated the use of the upper floor of the City Hall Building located on Marshall Road. The City furnished the heat and lighting as well. The library began with a collection of 1500 books donated by the Episcopal Church. Membership tickets were sold for 50 cents.

The library operated on donations from the public; even listing in the newspaper certain books that they would like to have. Donations were received from organizations and citiizens of the community to be used to purchase shelving and more books. Two librarians, curtains, chair covers and woven rugs were furnished by the W.P.A. The library officially opened on Saturday, December 14, 1940, and "despite inclement weather and the approaching Christmas Season, a 'goodly' number of people visited the library and took out reader cards."

The library became tax supported in 1943 when the City levied a one mill tax to finance the library.

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What Services do you offer?

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Copier Services
Valley Park Library has a copier for patron use. The charge is 10 cents for black and white copies, and 25 cents for colored copies.

Faxes
We also will send faxes for patrons. Fee: $1 per page.

Free Public Wireless
The library also offers free public wireless access. The librarian at the circulation desk will give you the password to get your laptop up and running.

Inter-library Loans
We are part of the Municipal Library Consortium of St. Louis County (MLC)--which means you may inter-library loan materials from any MLC library. We have a delivery service that operates Monday - Friday across the St. Louis area. We also have OCLC that allows us to search for items not only in Missouri, but across the United States.

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What is your phone number/fax/email?

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Phone Number: 636-225-5608

Fax Number: 636-825-0079

E-mail Address: bmorris@www.valleyparklibrary.org

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What are the hours?

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Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 1 pm - 6 pm

Tuesday - 10 am - 6 pm

Thursday - 10 am - 8 pm

Saturday - 10 am - 4 pm

Sunday - Closed

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How do I find a book?

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If you have trouble, you can ask a staff member for help. From home, you can access the online catalog here.

The catalog contains the combined holdings of all the members of the Municipal Library Consortium. If you find an item that is not at Valley Park, you can go to the other library and get it, or request that it be delivered to Valley Park Library.

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How do I get a library card?

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Any resident of Valley Park can get a free library card. Just bring in a picture ID and proof of current address (driver's license, utility bill, check book, etc.). Residents of St. Louis City or County can also get a Valley Park card, through our cooperative lending program. If you live within the boundaries of any of our Municipal Library Consortium partners, you need to get your library card from them, but once you have your card, you can use Valley Park Library whenever you like

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Does the Library proctor tests?

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The Library provides proctoring services for persons taking exams as part of an online class. Proctored test may be taken during normal operating hours Monday - Friday. Call the Library for details on how to arrange for test proctoring. There is no charge.