Richmond Heights Memorial Library

8001 Dale Avenue
Richmond Heights, MO 63117
Telephone (314) 645.6202
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About the Richmond Heights Memorial Library

Conveniently located just off Interstate 64 at the intersection of Hanley Road and Dale Avenue, The Richmond Heights Memorial Library is a full-service municipal library. Located in THE HEIGHTS, Richmond Heights Community Center and Memorial Library, the Library offers a bright, comfortable atmosphere. Our collections include over 60,000 items in popular formats. Our high-speed internet connection can be accessed on library computers or via our public wifi connection.

A separate children's room ensures a comfortable, nurturing venue, and parents will find a variety of story hours, crafts, bookclubs and computer activities.

We belong to the Municipal Library Consortium of St. Louis County; Your Hometown Library Network, and participate in reciprocal lending agreements with St. Louis Public, St. Louis County, and St. Charles City/County Libraries in order to ensure that our services are available to users region-wide.



  Who is eligible for a library card?
  • All residents of the City of Richmond Heights are eligible for library cards from the Richmond Heights Memorial Library.
  • Residents under 16 years of age must get the signature of a parent or legal guardian on the library card application.
  • Owners of businesses located in Richmond Heights are eligible.
  • Vistors who are staying with residents of Richmond Heights for one month or more and vistors who are on an extended stay at a hotel or motel located within the city of Richmond Heights may be issued a temporary card for the anticipated length of stay.
  • St. Louis City residents are eligible to obtain RHML cards.
  • Residents of the St. Louis County Library taxing district and residents of the St. Charles City/County Library taxing district also are eligible to obtain a RHML card.
  • Those who are not a resident of the City of Richmond Heights, and also not a resident of a city in the Municipal Library Consortium, nor of the City or County of St. Louis or the City or County of St. Charles may purchase a non-resident library card at the rate of $50.00 per year.
  St. Louis Municipal Library
  Consortium (MLC)
  • Residents of communities whose libraries belong to the St. Louis Municipal Library Consortium will be issued cards at their home libraries. They may then use those cards at Richmond Heights Memorial Library.
  • These libraries include Brentwood Public Library, Ferguson Municipal Library, Kirkwood Public Library, Maplewood Public Library, Rock Hill Public Library, University City Public Library, Valley Park Community Library, and Webster Groves Public Library.
  Fines, Fees, Lost, and,Damaged   Materials
  • Overdue fines for all materials except HOT DVDs are $.10 per day to a maximum of $3.00 per item.
  • Overdue fines for HOT DVDs are $.50 per day to a maximum of $5.00 per DVD.
  • Payment for lost or damaged materials will be the responsibility of the person who had the item checked out when damage or loss occurred.
    State issued ID required
  • Identification such as a valid driver's license or state ID showing current address must be presented in order to get a library card.
  • A valid occupancy permit, utility bill less than two months old, or an imprinted check may be used as proof of current address when accompanied by the photo ID.
  • To get a library card as a business owner, present a dated document on business letterhead along with a personal ID.
  Responsibility for Materials
  • Library users are financially responsible for all materials checked out on their cards.
  • Parents or guardians of children under age 16 are financially responsible for materials circulated on their children's cards.
  Loan Periods
  • Reference material and the current issue of periodicals may not be checked out.
  • Most items circulate for two weeks except for HOT READs and HOT DVDs which circulate for 1 week (7 days).
  • There is no limit on the number of Juvenile DVDs checked out per card
  • DVDs from the Adult/YA collection are limited to 6 per patron card at one time.
  • HOT DVDs circulate for 7 days.
  • HOT READs circulate for 7 days.
  • All materials (excluding HOT READs and HOT DVDs) may be renewed in person, by telephone, or through our website for an additional loan period. All items, other than HOT READs and HOT DVDs, renew for two weeks.
  • You may renew items three times after their initial check-out.
  • You must have your library card number to renew items over the telephone or in person.
  • Items that have a waiting list may not be renewed.
  • HOT READs and HOT DVDs do not renew.
Jeanette Piquet, Director
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Children's Librarian
Information Services Librarian
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The Richmond Heights Public Library was established in 1933 with a $16 gift from the disbanding Lion's Club. Various churches and civic organizations donated approximately 1,800 books, and room was provided at City Hall to house the new library. A clerk was furnished by the federal government under the Work Projects Administration (WPA), one of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal agencies founded to help the country out of the Great Depression.

In 1934, the Library's Board of Trustees was established, and the trustees elected John P. Wentworth as the Board's first president. One year later, Mrs. Marquerite Norville was employed as the first librarian.

The Library continued to grow, and was moved to a larger area on the main floor of City Hall in 1935. The following year the first assistant librarian, Miss Edna L. Amend, was the added to the staff. Throughout the World War II years the Library expanded and offered new services, acquiring more space as the need arose. In 1949 Mrs. Norville resigned and Miss Amend was appointed Head Librarian in 1950.

In 1962 the existing library space was remodeled and a portion of the former city garage, located in the basement at City Hall, was converted into a nonfiction room.

In 1970 two homes located east of the new firehouse (located at 7449 Dale Avenue) were purchased to make way for a new library building. On October 10th, 1972, voters approved a $350,000 bond issue to finance construction and operation of the new Library. One year later, on the 60th anniversary of the founding of the city of Richmond Heights, ground was broken. A September 16, 1974 resolution by the Board of Trustees renamed the facility the Richmond Heights Memorial Library. The building was thus dedicated on Memorial Day, May 26th, 1975.

The Library became affiliated with the Municipal Library Cooperative of St. Louis County in 1969. In 1996 this organization became the Municipal Library   Consortium of St. Louis County comprised of eight independent municipal libraries sharing an automated circulation system and computerized public catalog.

After 33 years as Director Miss Edna Amend retired in 1983, and was replaced as Library Director by Nicholas Niederlander. Under Mr. Niederlander's directorship the first Children's Librarian was added to the staff and in 1997 Internet access and a variety of online reference sources were introduced. In that same year planning began for a new facility which would became the Library's third home.

After holding the position for sixteen years, Nicholas Niederlander moved on to a new position as Library Director in Two Rivers, Wisconsin in September, 1999.

Jeanette Piquet accepted the position of Library Director in March of 2000, coming to Richmond Heights from St. Louis Public Library. Ms. Piquet oversaw the completion of the new Library facility and in November of that year the Library moved into its new home at THE HEIGHTS: Richmond Heights Community Center and Memorial Library. The Library opened for business December 3rd with greatly expanded collections and services in a much larger 13,000 square foot facility. The Library's first webpage was created in December 2001 by Margo Winfrey, Library Systems Administrator. Services now include a separate Children's Library with more programming for youngsters, twelve Internet workstations featuring high-speed connections to the vast resources of the World Wide Web, public computers also offer access to electronic reference databases, office applications software and learning software in the form of games for preschoolers through young adults. The Library offers reference assistance, computer instruction as well as reading and study areas that are bright, comfortable and welcoming.

Public Wi-Fi access is the newest addition to our services. Access is available in the Library as well as in the atrium of the Community Center.

In 2005 the Friends of the Richmond Heights Memorial Library was formed.

Our on-going success shows every day. Tax dollars have been put to good use and patrons have put their library to work. More than 50% of Richmond Heights' residents are active Library card holders. Over the last five years circulation has increased more than 150% .

The Library Board and staff are dedicated to providing the best possible library, keeping abreast of the fast pace of technologies, while always remaining Richmond Heights' own community lending library.


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Section A. Preliminary Statements

A-001. Mission Statement
A-002 .Library Bill of Rights

Section B. The Board of Trustees

B-001. By-Laws of the Board of Trustees
B-002.  Ethics Statement of the Board of Trustees
B-003. Public Participation in Library Decision Making
B-004. Twelve Month Board Agenda

Section C. Public Services

C-001. Fines Structure
C-002. Use of Volunteers
C-003. Patron Use of Library Supplies
C-004. Patron Behavior in the Library
C-004.1 Adult Use of Children's Library
C-005  Public Internet Use Policy
C-006. Confidentiality of Patron Records

Section D. Library Collections

D-001. Copyright Protection Policy
D-002. Request for Reconsideration of Materials
D-003. Receipt of Gifts
D-004. Collection Development Policy

Section E. Personnel

E-001.   Employment, Personnel and Staff Development
E-002. Salary Plan
E-003. Salary Schedule
E-004. Staff Travel Policy
E-005. Staff Use of Library Materials and Equipment
E-006. Employee Dress Code
E-007. Staff Selling and Soliciting in the Library
E-008.  Drug Free Workplace
E-009. Leave Allowance
Section F. Fiscal Policy


Richmond Heights Memorial Library
Jeanette Piquet, Director
8001 Dale Avenue
Richmond Heights, Missouri 63117
Voice: 314.645.6202
The Richmond Heights Memorial Library is a member of the St. Louis County Municipal Library Consortium (MLC)

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