About Us -

Our Story

The St. Charles City-County Library District was established on August 1, 1973 when the Kathryn Linnemann Library of St. Charles merged with the St. Charles County Library District. It is governed by a board of trustees, and funded primarily through property taxes. Today, twelve library branches serve residents throughout St. Charles County and welcome nearly two million visitors each year.

St. Charles City-County Library customers check out over 5.5 million items per year. The collection includes a wide variety of books, music, magazines, movies, audiobooks, video games, and other materials. Some of the library’s more unusual items for check-out include cake pans, fitness kits, kitchen equipment, talking books for children, book discussion kits, and telescopes. The Library also offers electronic books, magazines, music, audiobooks and a wide variety of research resources that can be downloaded or streamed from an internet-connected device in a customer’s home.

In addition to library materials, the St. Charles City-County Library presents a variety of events and classes for the community. Customers can attend book discussion groups, children’s story times, teen events, art classes, author visits, technology training, game nights, concerts, and participate in a summer reading program for all ages. Outreach Services provides programming and library materials for nursing homes, retirement communities, schools, day care centers, the homebound, and the incarcerated. The Library offers over 6,000 different events each year.

Customers are also encouraged to use the Library as a gathering place for community groups, business meetings, and recreational activities. Most branches offer rooms for reserve and all branches have public computers and free Wi-Fi.

The St. Charles City-County Library inspires, informs, and enhances connections across St. Charles County. Discover your Library!

Important Dates in Library History