Our Mission Statement: The Marion Public Library enhances the quality of life in our community by encouraging reading and the pursuit of lifelong learning.
Executive Director/Fiscal Officer:
Gary Branson Email the Director 
Building and Grounds Manager:
Marion Public Library's 2013 Annual Report is available. Please click on the link below to view the report. The complete report is also available in the Executive 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)
Jennifer Donelson (term expires 2015)
Catherine Ferguson (term expires 2021)
Diane Watson (term expires 2020)
David Williamson (term expires 2016)
The Marion Public Library is a city school district library under direction of a seven member Board of Trustees. Each member is appointed for a seven year term by the Marion City Board of Education; members may be reappointed. One term expires each year. The Board of Trustees is the policy-making body of the Library.
Board meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month in the Library's Boardroom. Meetings are open to the public.
We are seeking 2 part-time Library Assistants to join our team. Please see the attached job posting for a full description and further information on how to apply.
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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.
Main Library: Marion Public Library
445 East Church Street
Marion, OH 43302
10 a.m.-8 p.m.
10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Branch Locations & Hours:
Monday & Thursday:
3 p.m.- 6 p.m.
Caledonia Public Library 
112 East Marion Street
Caledonia, OH 43314
Memorial Library 
86 South High Street
LaRue, OH 43332
Prospect Public Library 
116 North Main Street
Prospect, OH 43342
Check our online calendar for events at all library locations.
The Caledonia branch was started in 1938, sponsored by local church and civic groups, in particular the American Legion, and was originally located in the village council room. The branch was moved in 1958 to its present quarters in the IOOF building at the corner of Main and Marion Streets on the village square.
Caledonia Public Library participates in the Summer Reading Program as well as other library events.
The LaRue branch was the first of the branches to be established. It opened in November, 1936 with the cooperation of the Twentieth Century Club as a memorial to Mrs. J. D. Henkle, a charter member of the Club. The Mrs. Ferol Holliday estate gave a bequest for the branch in 1971.
When the LaRue village council provided additional space for the branch in the Town Hall, the Marion Public Library board used the Holliday bequest to completely renovate the branch. Work on the Henkle-Holliday Memorial Library was completed in 1980.
The Prospect branch of the Marion Public Library was established in 1937, with the All Arts Club of Prospect taking the lead in starting the branch. The first home of the library was a room above Stuckey Market. Later it was moved to a downstairs location across the street in a building owned by the late C.E. Almendinger.
A bequest of the late Mrs. Fred K. Dix, in memory of her husband, enabled the move in 1950 to its present location adjacent to the Post Office. Fred Keller Dix was a poet and former editor and publisher of the Prospect Monitor. Mrs. Dix was an active member of the All Arts Club. The branch was renovated in 1994 at the behest of the Marion Public Library Board of Trustees.
Marion Public Library's newsletter, the Wire, is published on the 15th 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
To check out library material, patrons are required to identify themselves as a borrower in good standing.
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
Library staff members are happy to answer basic computer usage questions. Staff members cannot provide in-depth assistance or tutoring in the computer center.
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 Patron 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
Special Rules for Patron Services Computers
Internet Use Policy
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.
RULES FOR USE
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.
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.
Chilton Library 
Business & Law
Marion City Code 
Ohio Revised Code 
SCORE  (small business mentoring)
General Reference & Research
Ohio Web Library 
World Book Online 
World Book Spanish 
Marion City 
Marion County 
State of Ohio 
Health & Medicine
Medline Plus 
Homework & Schoolwork
World Book Kids 
Ohio Means Jobs 
Magazines & Newspapers
MasterFILE Premier 
Science Online 
Testing & Exams
Ancestry Online  -One of the largest collections of genealogical databases online. IN LIBRARY USE ONLY.
Castle Garden  -Free access to an extraordinary database of information on 10 million immigrants from 1830 through 1892.
Cyndi's List  -A comprehensive, categorized list of links to genealogical research websites.
Death Indexes  -A directory of links to websites with online death indexes, listed by state and county.
FamilySearch  -Millions of records and free how-to resources from the Latter Day Saints.
NARA  –National Archives and Records Administration's Genealogy Page
Ohio Death Certificate Index  -Index to Ohio death certificates, 1913-1944.
Sharon Moore’s Marion County Pages  -Marion County genealogy resources.
USGenWeb Project  -Links to genealogical websites for every state, including Ohio, and most U.S. counties.
Our genealogy collection is housed in the Ohio Room, 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 (available only in-library), and HeritageQuest Online. These Internet services may be accessed from any public Internet workstation in the main and branch libraries, or through our wireless network. HeritageQuest 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 2009, 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 
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.
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.
The resources may be found in print, or Web-based. Tangible government documents can be checked out from the library with the exception of those specifically designated as “Reference”. Many of the documents are located in storage, while others are in the circulating non-fiction collection. Online sources for government documents may be reached via www.gpo.gov/fdsys  or www.usa.gov . Individual agencies and departments usually have direct web addresses as well. (Example: www.irs.gov , www.ssa.gov , www.epa.gov , etc.). State agencies and offices are also accessible on the Web through www.ohio.gov . or through individual department websites (www.ohiodnr.gov , www.agri.ohio.gov , www.unemployment.ohio.gov , etc.).
In accordance with Federal Depository regulations, mediated access is available for underage patrons who wish to use depository resources.
Items from the Basic Collection  of the Federal Depository Library Program are available through the links below.
American FactFinder 
Economic Indicators 
Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the United States - Colonial Times to 1970* - Part 1 [ Print version of the title may not be available at all depository libraries as it was distributed in 1976.] 
Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the United States - Colonial Times to 1970* - Part 2 [ Print version of the title may not be available at all depository libraries as it was distributed in 1976.] 
United States Code 
United States Reports 
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. 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.
Eligible Ohio residents who are unable to read print books can receive free recorded books, magazines, and playback equipment delivered to their homes free of charge. This service is provided through the State Library of Ohio and the Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled. More information can be found at this website .
If you are unable to read a standard print book, or are not able to hold or turn the pages of books, you probably qualify to receive this service. Those with reading disabilities such as dyslexia may also qualify.
Print and fill out the application found here . If you require help filling out an application, please call us (740-387-0992) to speak to the Talking Books Coordinator at Marion Public Library.
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 .
Schedule of Events:
Celebrating Civil Rights! - Launch Event 
Saturday, June 21, 11:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m.
Get Up! Stand Up! Civil Rights and Popular Music
from the 1920s to Today 
Wednesday, June 25, 7:00 p.m.
African American Women of the Civil War 
Wednesday, July 2, 7:00 p.m.
Book Discussion 
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Housseini
Wednesday, July 9, 7:00 p.m.
Underground Railroad to Freedom 
Wednesday, July 16, 7:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Marion Civil Rights Experiences 
Wednesday, July 23, 7:00 p.m.
Meet the Mills Brothers 
Wednesday, July 30, 7:00 p.m.
Traveling Exhibit on Site:
African-American Creative Genius: A Sample of Inventions with Impact.
Saturday June 21—Wednesday Aug 6
Community Reads: Join the Discussion!
|Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café  by Fannie Flagg
Wednesday, August 6, 7:00 p.m.
|The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963  by Christopher Paul Curtis
Monday, August 4, 7:00 p.m.