About Us

About Us

History of the Rock Hill Public Library

The burgeoning need for a library in the Rock Hill community became apparent in the early 1940s. While the city of Rock Hill operated their own schools, residents were still required to visit neighboring towns to use a public library. On November 19, 1943, representatives from several prominent local organizations, including the Lion’s Club and the Rock Hill Improvement Association, came together at Fairfax House to form the Rock Hill Village Library Association. Through tireless effort and generous donations of time and materials, the Rock Hill Public Library first opened its doors on June 4, 1944. Housed in two second-floor rooms of the historic Fairfax House, the library numbered 1600 books and was open two days a week. During these early years, the library was staffed entirely by volunteers.

After a period of some financial uncertainty, a 10¢ tax was submitted and approved in 1947, giving the library a solid fiscal base from which to grow. Following the passage of this tax, a Board of Trustees was formed to manage the library’s budget and a full-time librarian was hired.

In 1957 the library was moved to the old Lions Club property at 9620 Manchester Road, the site of the future Rock Hill City Hall. The newer facilities allowed the library to expand its collection to over 6000 books and diversify its services. While the new city hall building was under construction at this site from 1963 to 1964, the library was temporarily housed in the Rock Hill Presbyterian Church. When the new Rock Hill City Hall and Library was completed and dedicated May 16, 1965, the library owned 20,000 volumes and employed a staff of five people.

On May 31, 1996, the Rock Hill Public Library and seven other local libraries formed the Municipal Library Consortium (MLC). Webster Groves joined later, bringing the number of member libraries up to nine. Membership in the MLC has allowed Rock Hill Public Library to provide its patrons with a greatly expanded catalog of library material, as well as a convenient delivery service.

In August of 2005, the Rock Hill Public Library was forced to vacate its location in the City Hall building due to redevelopment. On January 3, 2006, the library reopened in the Colonial Square Shopping Center on Manchester. During this time, the library began to search for a permanent home with facilities that could accommodate its needs. After purchasing and renovating the old MAB paint store, the library finally moved into its current home at 9811 Manchester Road in July of 2012. Currently, the library houses over 28,000 volumes and employs one full-time employee and seven part-time employees. The library celebrated 70 years of service to the community in 2014.

Contact Us

9811 Manchester Road
Rock Hill, MO 63119

Phone: 314.962.4723

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Mon-Thur: 10AM – 7PM
Fri: Noon – 5PM
Sat: 10AM – 2PM
Sun: Closed

Holiday Hours

Board / Staff

Board of Trustees

John Shoulberg — -President
Laurie Murphy— Treasurer
Marty Harris — Secretary
Maud Jeanty
Chantal Hoffsten
Ray Malon
Connie Schleeper
Paul Turney

Staff

Jennifer Conroy — Library Director
Susan — Head of Technical Services
Shelley  — Youth Provider
Deb — Circulation Clerk
Kayla — Circulation Clerk

How Can I Help?

Volunteer

We are seeking teen volunteers for Summer Reading! If you are between the ages of 13 and 17 and would like to volunteer at the library, please call us at 314-962-4723 or pick up a volunteer application from the library! 

Book Sale

We have an ongoing book sale in the library and a book sale at the annual Rock Hill Fall Festival; we accept both gently used books and DVDs all year.

Employment

Circulation Clerk & Marketing Coordinator

 The Rock Hill Public Library is looking for a part-time circulation clerk with the additional responsibility of marketing for the library. While the primary functions of the job are in customer service, this particular position will also maintain our social media accounts, update the website as needed, generate statistical reports, create event flyers, and maintain contact with certain outlets for publicity purposes. Daily circulation clerk duties include, but are not limited to: checking out books to patrons, materials promotion through creative displays, assisting the Director with components of collection development, event support, providing basic reference and readers’ advisory, and general computer assistance for patrons. We’re looking for someone who has worked directly with kids and adults in a professional capacity as you will work directly with the public on a daily basis. Excellent computer skills and social media experience are required, library experience is strongly preferred, and familiarity with WordPress, blogging, and graphic design software will be helpful. We are seeking an applicant who demonstrates creativity. Working in a small library environment serving a municipality of almost 5,000 residents, you will join a staff of two full-time and three other part-time employees. 16-20 hours per week. 10.50/hr. Must be available to work mornings and alternating Saturdays. Please submit a brief resume to jconroy@rhplmo.org We will only contact those we will interview. 9811 Manchester Road, Rock Hill, MO 63119. No phone calls please.