St. Louis Public Library
The St. Louis Public Library is a municipal public library system. It operates sixteen locations around the city. The library was founded as a members-only private library in 1865 with a collection of 1,500 books. It was opened to the public in 1874 and reestablished as a publicly supported free lending library in 1893-94, by which time the collection included 90,000 books. By 1938 the collection included 900,000 items, and by 2014, 4,600,000 items. The library has a children's section, neighborhood specific material, and offers various services, including access to computers with high speed Internet.