Marion Public Library's 2011 Annual Report is available. Please click on the link below to view the report. The complete report is available in the Director's office at the Marion Public Library, 445 East Church Street, Marion, Ohio.
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Carol Lathrop, President (term expires 2017)
Malcolm Goodman, Vice President (term expires 2019)
Patrick Carey, Secretary (term expires 2018)
Catherine Ferguson (term expires 2014)
David Williamson (term expires 2016)
William Your (term expires 2013)
Board meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month in the Library's Boardroom. Meetings are open to the public.
Check our online calendar for events at all library locations.
There are no openings at this time.
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The Friends of the Marion Public Library organization was formed in 1974. The Friends encourage community interest in the Library and give financial support for Library projects. Fund raising is done chiefly through an annual book sale, usually held in June.
Marion Public Library's newsletter, the Wire, is published on the first of each month. It includes information about library programs and events. Copies of the Wire can be picked up at the main library and its branches in Caledonia, LaRue and Prospect.
An electronic copy of the Wire can be accessed by clicking on the link below.
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Marion Public Library policies
Fiction and non-fiction books
DVDs (other than express)
Renewals: Two renewals are allowed on all materials with the exception of express items, interlibrary loan items, and items with holds.
Holds: All hold items will be held for 3 days before being passed to the next patron in line or returned to the shelf.
|Internet Use Guidelines|
Patrons under 18 must have a signed Internet Permission Form signed by the minor and the parent/legal guardian on file. Applications are available at the Circulation Desk, Children’s Desk, and all branch libraries.
Library staff members are happy to answer basic computer usage questions. Staff members cannot provide in-depth assistance or tutoring in the computer center. The library encourages patrons in need of in-depth assistance to take advantage of the library’s free computer classes.
No more than two persons at a workstation.
All prints cost .10 per page. Patrons are responsible for previewing print jobs, there will be no refunds for misprints.
Marion Public Library’s Main location provides patron computers in two areas:
• Computers in the Reference Services area are reserved for patrons age 12 and older.
• Computers in the Children’s Department are reserved for patrons age 11 and under.
Computers for patrons of all ages are available at each branch location.
Regardless of age, all patrons must follow the rules outlined in the library’s Internet Use policy.
Special Rules for Children’s Department Computers
1. Children under age 8 may use the internet workstations with parental/adult supervision only.
2. Children ages 8-11 may use the internet workstations without parental/adult supervision.
3. Patrons may only use the Internet to visit websites appropriate for children.
Special Rules for Reference Services Computers
1. Ohio residents must use their MPL library card to sign-in at the computers. Patrons may not use another person’s card for computer access. Library staff will not look up card numbers for patrons.
2. The library will provide out-of-state visitors with a “visitor’s pass” good for the day of their visit.
3. It is the patron’s responsibility to monitor the Waiting Queue screen for a computer to be assigned. Staff members are not responsible for missed computer assignments. Patrons who miss their turn will have to sign-up again and be placed at the end of the Waiting Queue.
4. An assigned workstation will be held for 5 minutes; after that it will be released for other users.
5. If your workstation is idle for 10 minutes, the system will end your session and make that computer available for other users.
The Marion Public Library develops collections, resources, and services to meet the information needs of the diverse population of the Marion area. The Marion Public Library offers access to the Internet via the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN) as another means of meeting those needs.
The Marion Public Library, through OPLIN, provides access to databases of general and special periodicals, readers’ advisory services, homework centers, and legislative, historical, and archival materials and information.
Information available through OPLIN and the Internet is not warranted by the Marion Public Library or OPLIN to be accurate, authoritative, factual, or complete. The availability of networked information via the Marion Public Library does not constitute any endorsement or ratification of that information. The Marion Public Library and OPLIN are not responsible for the content of networked information available.
The use of OPLIN and the Internet to engage in any activity which constitutes violation of local, state, and/or federal laws is strictly prohibited. All users of this service agree to hold the Marion Public Library and OPLIN harmless from any and all claims, losses, damages, obligations, or liabilities directly or indirectly relating to the use of OPLIN and the Internet, caused thereby or arising there from. In no event is the Marion Public Library or OPLIN liable for lost profits or for indirect, special, punitive, or consequential damages or any liability to any third party, even if the Marion Public Library or OPLIN is advised of the possibility of such damages.
RULES FOR USE
The Marion Public Library strictly prohibits any efforts to bypass the security of the library network and any other computer network connected with the Library. The Library will assist in investigations of any individuals who violate this policy.
The Marion Public Library is not liable for the reliability of the local network and the Internet, nor is it liable for the content or accuracy of the information found on the network or the Internet. You are responsible for evaluating information on the Internet for reliability and point of view.
You may not display sexually explicit materials or profanity.
Patrons are expected to behave online in a civil manner. You may not use the library’s computers to harass or harm others.
You may not use the Library computers for illegal purposes. This includes activities that may constitute copyright infringement, such as unauthorized file sharing.
These computers are intended for non-commercial personal use.
The Marion Public Library does not provide e-mail accounts for its patrons.
As with all library materials, the parent or guardian of minor children assumes responsibility for supervising access to Internet resources in the Library. The Marion Public Library recognizes that some patrons have had little or no experience with Internet use or are concerned about its impact on their families. Library staff cannot provide in-depth training but may be able to offer searching suggestions, to answer questions, or to locate self-help books. The Library will sponsor ongoing educational sessions for parents and new users.
Computer and Internet access from the Library is a privilege, not a right. Violation of these guidelines or other misuse of the Library’s computers and services may result in loss of computer privileges, loss of Library borrowing privileges, expulsion from the Library, or civil/criminal prosecution.
Genealogy - Local and Family History
Mango  - Learn languages such as French, Spanish, German & more.
Ohio Web Library 
A to Z Maps
Auto repair by Chilton
Cultural research with Culture Grams
Other Reference Websites 
Links to information about taxes, city & state government, colleges, teacher resources, and more.
Other genealogy links
MARION and AREA
Marion County Historical Society 
Sharon Moore's Marion County pages 
Marion Area Genealogy Society 
Marion Online 
Marion Star  (current issue only)
Popcorn Museum 
Marion Ohio Convention and Visitors Bureau 
Ohio Historical Society 
Ohio History Central  - online encyclopedia of Ohio history, from the Ohio Historical Society
Ohio Death Certificate Index  - searchable database, 1913-1944
Ohio Genealogical Society 
Ohio US GenWeb Archives 
Ohio Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, 1867-1970 
Ohio Memory  - online scrapbook of Ohio history, featuring primary sources from archives, libraries and historical societies throughout the state
Ohio Historical Markers  -The Ohio Historical Markers identify, commemorate, and honor the important people, places, and events that have contributed to the state's rich history.
Marion Star 
Marion Online 
Cleveland Necrology File  - Cleveland-area obituaries, maintained by the Cleveland Public Library
Columbus News Index Obituary Search  - Columbus Dispatch obituaries from 1934 thru 1997
R. B. Hayes Obituary Index  - obituaries, Northwest Ohio, from 1830-current, maintained by the R. B. Hayes Presidential Center
Findlay-Hancock Public Library  obit file page
Death Indexes  - A directory of online death indexes listed by state and county.
Genealogyspot  - Good source of help files for genealogists of all levels of experience, with well-categorized links
Family Search  - Databases of genealogical resources maintained by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Ellis Island - Database of recorded immigrants to Ellis Island, from the National Park Service. If you don't have an Ellis Island username and password and don't wish to make one, please feel free to use ours:
General Land Office Records  - Bureau of Land Management's searchable database of Eastern land grants, 1820-1908
NARA  - Genealogical resources and information from the National Archives
Ohio Veterans Home 
Castle Garden  - CastleGarden.org offers free access to an extraordinary database of information on 10 million immigrants from 1830 through 1892, the year Ellis Island opened. Over 73 million Americans can trace their ancestors to this early immigration period.
Our genealogy collection is housed in the Ohio Room, which is located on the Library’s main floor. All materials in the Ohio Room are for reference only and do not circulate, but photocopiers and microfilm reader/printers are available for your use. The Ohio Room is open to the public during regular library hours.
The Ohio Room is the local repository for much of the county’s historical material. The collection includes Marion County histories, city directories, biographical sketches of early residents, family histories compiled by local historians, cemetery inscriptions, plat maps, vital records, censuses, local newspapers, high school yearbooks, and books on our most famous political personalities – Warren G. Harding and Norman Thomas.
However, the Ohio Room is not purely local in scope. The collection houses histories and genealogy publications for most of Ohio’s counties, various U.S. and Ohio census indexes, and information from other states along the migration routes of early Marion County settlers. Online databases and the Internet provide access to information worldwide.
The Library subscribes to Ancestry Library Edition, HeritageQuest Online and New England Ancestors (Main Branch Access Only). These Internet services may be accessed from any public Internet workstation in the main and branch libraries. They can also be accessed through our wireless connection the main library. Heritage Quest Online may be accessed from home. You can find links for these resources on our main Genealogy  page.
Birth and death records 1867-1908
Marriage records 1824-1964
Tax Lists, 1824-27, 1834-38
Will Record 1825-1924
Marion County Naturalization Records, 1859-82
Common Pleas Court Record, 1824-55
Common Pleas Court Journal, 1829-56
Ministers Licensed to Solemnize Marriages in Marion County, Ohio 1861-1976
Polk City Directories from 1890 to present
Robinson Marion County Directories from 1956 to 1996
The Marion Public Library maintains an obituary file from late 1984 to present, of obituaries published in The Marion Star (The Marion Star is not indexed). Only obituaries for persons with a Marion County connection are contained in this file.
Obituary File 
TAX FORMS and INFORMATION
Marion City  - Tax forms and instructions for Marion, Ohio.
State of Ohio  - State income tax forms and information.
IRS  - Federal tax information and forms.
El IRS en español 
Please note: When you click on any of these links, you will be leaving the Marion Public Library web site.
The Marion Public Library includes these links as a service to our users. The Library is not responsible for the content of these external sites. Inclusion of a link to an external site does not represent an endorsement of that site by the Library.
The Marion Public Library and its branches offer many services to the residents of Marion County. Please call the library at 740-387-0992 for more information.
All computer classes are free.
Registration is required: call (740)387-0992 Ext. 1
COMPUTER CLASS SCHEDULE 2013
|May 1||Microsoft Excel 2010 Beginners||2:00 PM - 3:30 PM|
|May 6||Microsoft Word 2010 Beginners||10:00 AM - 11:30 AM|
|May 8||Computer Basics & Internet Skills||2:00 PM - 3:30 PM|
|May 13||Microsoft Excel 2010 Beginners||10:00 AM - 11:30 AM|
|May 15||Photo Editing & Sharing||1:00 PM - 2:30 PM|
|June 3||Computer Basics||10:00 AM - 11:30 AM|
|June 10||Internet Skills - Beginners||10:00 AM - 11:30 AM|
|June 17||Microsoft Excel 2010||10:00 AM - 11:30 AM|
|June 24||Internet Skills - Beginners||10:00 AM - 11:30 AM|
If you are 60 or older you can register for your Ohio Department of Aging Golden Buckeye Card at the library. You can register for this card at the Patron Services Desk of the main library or at any branch library. Please bring identification that confirms your age. This can be a driver’s license or state identification card. More information 
Since 1979, the Marion Public Library has served as a depository for Federal, State, and Local government publications. As a depository, we provide free public access to a vast array of informational resources from many government agencies through the Federal Depository Library Program under the services of the Government Printing Office. The State Library of Ohio supports the state’s government agencies by distributing documents to public and academic libraries. Local government information includes ordinances, zoning, and environmental issues.
We will deliver library materials to your residence every two weeks or once per month depending on your needs. You can tell us your general preferences for library materials, or give us specific requests and we will strive to fulfill them. Marion Public Library provides this service free of charge to adults living within the city limits who have difficulty visiting the library or who live in a retirement or nursing home.
Start by calling the library at (740) 387-0992 to request homebound delivery. When you are being registered, let us know what types of materials you'd like to borrow from the library. Library staff will select your items and then deliver the materials right to your door!
Almost all library materials are available to homebound patrons. Books, magazines, audiobooks, DVDs, and CDs can all be delivered to patrons on this program.
Homebound patrons do not accrue fines. If you can't find an item, let us know so we can give you more time to look for it. All items are expected to be returned in the same condition as they were delivered.
Books, census microfilm, and some audiovisual materials are available with this service. Materials may be requested in person or by calling the Patron Services Desk at (740) 387-0992. Requests may take up to 3 weeks to be filled. The patron will be notified by phone when a request is filled or unfilled. Interlibrary Loan materials must be checked out in the name of the patron making the request. Microfilm never leaves the building. No renewals on interlibrary loan items.
Getting and using your library card
Applications are available at all locations. Bring a piece of identification with your name and current address printed on it (driver’s license or utility bill, for example).
One large (capacity 50) meeting room and one smaller meeting room (capacity 25) are available. Both rooms include a sink and a small refrigerator. Apply for use through the office of the Library Director .
Meeting Room Policy 
Overdue notifications will be made by a phone call from our automated phone system instead of a paper notice. Calls will be made from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Friday, only. No nights. No holidays. No weekends. If you would prefer to receive your notices via e-mail, please call the Patron Services Department at (740) 387-0992, ext. 708, with your valid e-mail address.
The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped provides special equipment and books on cassette or in digital form through state and local agencies to serve citizens with visual impairments. Marion Public Library serves as Marion’s local agency, and provides Talking Books cassette/digital players to eligible individuals who are unable to read due to blindness, severe visual handicap, or physical limitations.
Register at the main library or any branch library to vote in local, state and federal elections. Registration deadlines apply. Contact the Marion County Board of Elections at (740) 223-4090 or for more information .