Online exhibits


St. Louis Public Library Then & Now

The “Then” photos in this exhibit come from the St. Louis Public Library’s Archives which are housed in the Rare Books and Special Collections Department at Central Library. The Library’s records date back to the founding of the St. Louis Public School Library.  Learn More

St. Louis Public Library Culinary Exhibit

This online exhibit will give you a “taste” of what is available in The Culinary Collection of St. Louis Public Library. View a variety of cookbooks, recipes, and menus documenting the culinary history of St. Louis.  Learn More

The Great Cyclone of 1896

The Great Cyclone remains the single deadliest incident in St. Louis history. The tornado cut a ten-mile swath of destruction that completely destroyed 311 buildings, heavily damaged 7,200 more and caused substantial harm to yet another 1,300. In a mere twenty minutes, 255 people were killed.  Learn More

Central Library Exhibit

December 9, 2012, marked the grand reopening of Central Library in downtown St. Louis after an extensive two-year renovation. Take a tour back in time and learn about Central Library's rich history that encompasses over 100 years.  Learn More

Steedman Exhibit

The Steedman Architectural Collection at the St. Louis Public Library is a small but remarkable library of influential and rare architectural publications.  Learn More

Celebrating The Louisiana Purchase Exhibit

The 1904 World's Fair (Louisiana Purchase Exposition) marked the 100th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase, a monumental event in U.S. history. Fair organizers set out to celebrate that event and create their own monumental event. It seemed appropriate to set the Fair in St. Louis Missouri, at that time the fourth largest city in the country and part of the land covered by the Treaty.  Learn More

Lasting Impressions: German-Americans in St. Louis

The City of St. Louis and nearby sections of Missouri and Illinois are full of reminders illustrating the role German-Americans played in the area's heritage and culture. Lasting Impressions: German-Americans in St. Louis exhibit provides an ongoing exhibit of pictures, family histories, recommended websites, suggested readings, and other resources highlighting their contributions to life in the St. Louis area.  Learn More

Maps of Missouri

The St. Louis Public Library presents "Maps of Missouri" illustrating the many ways maps convey times, places, and events. Approximately 100 maps of Missouri cities, towns, counties and the state are included in the exhibit.  Learn More