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STL Special Library Spotlight: Special Collections, St. Louis County Library July 28, 2009

Posted by Cynthia in Library Stuff.

Last night, the Special Libraries class had the privilege of visiting the Special Collections Department at the St. Louis County Library. The department was established in 1998 when the St. Louis Genealogical Society gave its collection to the St. Louis County Library. This collection consists of material unique to the St. Louis area and supports research into the Midwest and for finding European roots. Later, in 2001, the department received the National Genealogical Society’s collection which consists of 20,000 circulating volumes. Other collections in the department include the Julius K. Hunter and Friends African American Research Collection and the Jewish Genealogical Society of St. Louis Collection.  The information and tools available at the Special Collections Department of the St. Louis County Library are too numerous to fully discuss in one blog posting. Suffice it to say that anyone interested in genealogical research would be well advised to visit the department and take advantage of the extensive resources and knowledgeable staff who are ready and willing to help.

Manager Joyce Loving talked to us about the department and gave us a tour. Something I found interesting was the proactive role they take with Interlibrary Loan. Patrons from other parts of the United States request the department’s materials from their local libraries who sometimes mistakenly tell them that the materials are not available through interlibrary loan. The Special Collections Department often has to call these other libraries to let them know that they do indeed lend the materials.

Our class really enjoyed the visit and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in genealogical research.




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