St. Louis County Library and St. Louis Public Library will begin sharing an integrated library system (ILS) in 2022.
The new ILS will allow patrons from both library systems to access nearly 5 million items, making library materials more convenient and accessible for area residents to check out.
The shared catalog is expected to be complete in spring 2022.
Patrons across the region will be able to seamlessly view, request and check out material from either system using their current library card.
The library systems have regularly collaborated on projects to increase access to library programs and services. Examples of those projects include:
• Eliminating overdue fines in 2020, removing a significant barrier for many patrons.
• Providing scholarships for adult learners to complete their high school diploma and earn a career certificate through the launch of the Career Online High School program in 2017.
• Introducing Wi-Fi Hotspots for patron’s to check out to help address the region’s digital divide.
• Offering a reciprocal lending agreement for City and County residents for 28 years.
To learn more about SLCL visit slcl.org.