What Is The Municipal Library Consortium?

The Municipal Library Consortium (MLC) is a group of nine independent city libraries in St. Louis County that have formed a consortium.  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 at your home library, you may use your card at any of the nine libraries.  We also have a five day a week Inter-Library Loan delivery service that travels among the nine libraries.  This opens up a world of over 700,000 items.  We have reciprocal borrowing with St. Louis Public Library and St. Charles City-County Library.

As of January 1, 2018, we have reinstated our reciprocal borrowing with St. Louis County Library.  The Valley Park Library Board of Trustees approved a new agreement with St. Louis County Library, that allows residents free access to the County Library.

In September the County Library made the decision to eliminate the fees for reciprocal borrowing, thus allowing free library cards to all.  Two years ago, because of the mounting fees, Valley Park had to withdraw from the reciprocal borrowing agreement.  On January 1, 2018, this new agreement will take effect,  removing the current charge of $50 for a County Library card.