Illinois' Stinson Public Memorial Library, located two hours from St. Louis, Missouri, is a notable for the many famous literary personalities associated with it.
The Stinson was created in 1913 by the famed American architect, Walter Burley Griffin, notable for his instantly recognizable Prarie School Modern designs. The library was solely funded by Robert Burns Stinson who donated the entirety of his sizable estate to the city of Anna, Illinois for the creation of a new public library. So, the site was named in memory of his good works.
The library building itself is extremely visually recognizable due to its grand entranceway consisting of a high set of stairs, stained glass window patterns, and high limestone walls. Given its beautiful and unique exterior, intricate and richly decorated exterior rooms and historical connections the Stinson Public Memorial Library is often looked and studied by both avid fans of Griffin's canon as well as inspiring architects seeking to obtain a edge in their respective field.
The library itself, due to Griffin's cutting-edge design, has undergone no major alterations and still functions as the primary public library for the city of Anna. Its operating hours range from 10 AM to 6 PM weekdays and 10 AM to 3 PM Saturdays. The library is closed Sundays and on all major holidays (such as Thanksgiving, Memorial Day and Christmas). In addition to a extensive in-house library, the Stinson Memorial also provides a extremely diverse e-book library including e-zines and audiobooks.