Headed to college? Let us help!

St. Louis Public Library is a great resource for all things higher education. Our books can help you identify your dream school, learn to navigate the application process, perfect your admission essay, ace the ACT or SAT, seek funding, settle in, choose a major, and much much more!

At any of our branches, take a look at Dewey 378 on the reference (for books to enjoy on site) and/or circulating (for books you can check out and enjoy at home or bring on your college visits). At Central Library you will find the books in the Social Sciences room where you will also, for a limited time, find a book display where we have gathered a cross-section of our offerings in one place.

Conquering the College Admissions Essay in 10 Steps

The Financial Aid Handbook

African American Student's Guide to College Success

U Chic College Girls' - Real Advice for Your First Year (& Beyond!)

SLPL also offers some useful online tools through its website (look under A-Z Resources in Digital Content):

  • Use Learning Express Library to help study for the SAT or ACT, as well as professional and other exams
  • Visit College Source Online to explore colleges remotely: there you can find profiles and catalogs for 2-year, 4-year, graduate, professional, and international schools - search based on intended major, degrees offered, tuition cost, and other parameters. 
  • Search for possible scholarship and grant funding for higher education with Foundation Center's Foundation Grants to Individuals Online (AVAILABLE ONLY AT CENTRAL LIBRARY in the Social Sciences Room)

To apply for financial aid you will need to fill out the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Notice the first “F” is for “FREE” – beware of websites that charge money to assist you with this process. For more information, visit this Federal Student Aid website and/or the Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis page on FAFSA requirements.

Here is a list based on our display to get you started – it also includes some additional outside links with more resources for potential college funding. Best of luck!

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