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Together for 50 Years

50th Anniversary Logo

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the St. Charles City-County Library! The District was formed on August 1, 1973 when the St. Charles County Library Wentzville and O’Fallon branches merged with the St. Charles City’s Kathryn Linnemann Library. Flash forward to 2023 and the Library is still here, celebrating all the ways we have read, learned, grown, and explored together for 50 years!

Visit any Library branch to pick up a commemorative gift (while supplies last).

Get your very own, limited edition 50th Anniversary Library card! Cards are available at NO CHARGE at all Library locations while supplies last. Plus, you can KEEP YOUR BARCODE number.

Image of 50th Anniversary giveaways; a coaster, library card, and sticker with the anniversary logo

St. Charles City-County Library Through the Years

In 1964, the St. Charles Public Library at 572 Jefferson Street was renamed Kathryn Linnemann Library in honor of the women who started the first public library in St. Charles. Next came the Wentzville Branch in 1964 and the O’Fallon Plaza Branch in 1973. In 1973, the St. Charles City-County Library District was formed when these three branches merged together.

Today, the St. Charles City-County Library features 11 branches and the Library to You Bookmobile, lending over 2 million items a year.

From Physical to Digital

black and white image of library staff stamping library card
colored image of person using the card catalog
black and white image of two women browsing vinyl records
black and white image of two women browsing cassette tapes
black and white image of woman checking out a film reel
Image of woman searching through CDs
Image of Circulation computers in the 80s
Image of child sitting at a computer in the 90s
colored photo of child sitting at a modern computer with blue headphones on
young teen looking through a library telescope
colored photo of woman holding her phone towards the camera with eBooks on display
Image of Kathryn Linnemann Branch 1964
Image of Wentzville Branch 1964
Image of Merrill Drive Branch 1972
Image of O'Fallon Plaza Branch 1973
Image of Portage Des Sioux Branch 1975
Image of St. Peters Branch 1975
Image of Augusta Branch 1976
Image of Spencer Road Branch 1980
Image of Corporate Parkway 1984
Image of Kisker Road Branch 1990
Image of Deer Run Branch 1995
Image of Middendorf-Kredell Branch 1995
colored image of newly constructed boone's trail branch 1997
Image of McClay Branch 1998
Image of WingHaven Branch 2003

The past 50 years have seen many changes.

Our card catalog migrated to the digital world.

Our collection of vinyl records, cassette tapes, and VHS gave way to digital music, eAudiobooks, and streaming movies.

Familiar and Steadfast

  • Storytimes still provide young readers with opportunities to grow, laugh, and learn through early literacy skill-building. 

  • Teens still find a place to create, read, and belong through fandom clubs, art events, and “teen advisory board” classes. 

  • Adults still use library resources to help with job hunting, health and wellness, learning new skills, connecting with others, and so much more. 

  • Famous authors still visit from across the country and the world to share their stories with eager audiences.

Enjoy a variety of special 50th anniversary classes and events, including a 50th Birthday Patio Party, 1970’s Pop Culture Trivia, Let’s Create: Celebrate the Library and much more.

black and white image of a kids story time and hand-made puppets
1987 reference librarian image
colored image of the bookfair
2015 JanBrett image
bubble bus image
image of two teens
quilt show image
MarieLu image

The Bookmobile Then and Now

Over the years, the bookmobile has taken many forms with one purpose: to better serve customers in all parts of our county! The first “library on wheels” hit the road in 1976 and our newest vehicle The Library to You bookmobile made its debut in 2022.

Thank you for making the past 50 years of St. Charles City-County Library history so wonderful.

Here’s to spending the next 50 years… together!