The St. Matthews Eline Branch is one of the busiest branches in the Louisville Free Public Library system. The catalog and database collection of the library can be accessed via the internet at www.lfpl.org. All books and materials can be returned by utilizing the book drop boxes located in the library parking lot.
The following message was dispatched to St. Matthews Library staff on July 8, 2019 from the Louisville Free Public Library Administration. “A big congratulations to St. Matthews staff for circulating 60,493 items in the month of June 2019! That is the highest one-month circulation count for any branch for at least the last 25 years (and probably longer!). Many thanks to all the staff at St. Matthews and those of you who went to help out during this first full month.”
On May 9, 2019, the City of St. Matthews re-opened a renovated and expanded St. Matthews Library. A new entrance with glass façade fills the space with an abundance of natural light, and services are on one level for easy access for all members of the community. The updated library was even recognized with the 2019 AIA Kentucky Honor Award, the highest honor given by the Kentucky Society of Architects.
The now 19,000-square-foot facility houses more than 70,000 books and features a large meeting room with seating for 100, a small conference room, a space for teens, an outdoor children’s area, and new technology—including self-checkout stations.
Some of the regularly scheduled programs offered by the St. Matthews Eline Branch are children’s weekly story time for toddlers (Wed 10:15-11 am, Thurs 11:15-12 pm), preschoolers (Wed 11:15-12 pm), and babies (Thurs 10:15-11 am).
The St. Matthews Eline Library is located at 3940 Grandview Avenue, between Breckenridge and Browns Lanes.
For additional information about programs, volunteer opportunities, the Friends of the Library group or to request materials, please call 502-574-1771 to speak to a member of the St. Matthews Eline library staff.
Hours of Operation:
10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday, through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The library is OPEN on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. The library is closed on holidays.
Please visit the Louisville Free Public Library for more information and updated programs.
- Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - Mental Health Awareness 101: A Community ConversationNumbers of mental-health incidents in teens have climbed in the last decade with Kentucky’s suicide rates among children and teens surpassing the national rate. How can we become better prepared to respond to mental health issues, de-escalate crisis and connect others to services needed? Join us for this community conversation… Read more »
- Monday, March 09, 2020 - Freedom from SmokingPresented in partnership with Norton Healthcare Prevention&Wellness, this series will address behaviors, triggers, medication options, and long-term strategies to stay tobacco-free. Classes will meet for 8 sessions over 7 weeks. Call 502-629-1234 for details and to register. Read more »
- Thursday, March 05, 2020 - Baby StorytimeBaby storytime focuses on developing your baby's pre-literacy, motor, sensory, and social skills through librarian led, parent participation activities. Introduce your baby to a love of literature through books, songs, movement, rhythm, and rhyme followed by a short period of play time. Ages birth – 2 Read more »
- Wednesday, March 04, 2020 - Preschool StorytimePreschool storytime will offer opportunities for preschoolers to engage with literature and participate in enrichment activities that build early learning skills. This storytime features engaging books which are accompanied by a variety of activities including: songs, rhymes, art activities, and creative play. Ages 3-5 Read more »
- Monday, March 02, 2020 - Animated Storytime: <em>Mother Bruce</em>We will be viewing a short animated version of the story, Mother Bruce, followed by social and craft time. Ages 2-5 Read more »
‘Friends of the Library’
The Friends of the St. Matthews Eline Library was established in 1987 as a voluntary, non-profit organization, and is made up of citizens who are interested in promoting the welfare and growth of their library, in enriching it’s resources, and in making it’s services better known to the community.
The Friends of the Library group does not provide guidance in running the library system. Instead, it’s focus is at the community level. Through gifts, programs and publications, the Friends of the Library’s purpose is to stimulate awareness and use of the library, and to enhance library programs, materials, and services.