A Brief History. . .         

The Marine City Library which serves a population of over 4,500 residents got its start in 1889 through the Ladies Library Association. The first library was housed in the City Hall at Main Street and Broadway. In 1919, the City assumed responsibility for the operation of the library, and it was relocated in 1939 to the Newport Academy at Washington and Main Streets.

The Marine City Library became part of the St. Clair County Library System in 1967. A newly constructed library was opened in 1983 thanks to the generous support from Mr. and Mrs. Louis R. Miller and other donors. In October of 2010 a new wing, paid for by TIFA, was added to the building. In the spring of 2016 Branch Lead Lois Kaufman asked the Friends of the Marine City Library to consider paying for the construction of an outdoor pavilion. The plans for this pavilion where beginning to take shape when a beloved member of the community and a huge library supporter, Bob Foster, passed away. The Marine City Library received many donations in Bob’s memory and when the Foster family learned about the planned pavilion they pledged to donate whatever additional funds were necessary to complete the project. The pavilion was completed on July 30, 2016 and a ribbon-cutting dedication ceremony was held that very day for the Robert M Foster Memorial pavilion. That same community spirit of giving is reflected in the dynamic library today which provides a wealth of programs and materials for the public.


Don’t have time to sit and read a book?

  • We also have theatrical and educational video, music CDs, books-on-tape and DVD
  • Free internet access (to St. Clair County residents)

Our staff is waiting to help – just ask!

Requests from Home:

  • If you have internet access and a Marine City Library card, you can request any circulating item in the St. Clair County Library system from home.
  • Items will be delivered to the Marine City branch and you will receive a phone call reminder.


Public Notice – Online and Mobile Access to Free Movies, Music, eBooks and More:

St. Clair County Library has partnered with Hoopla Digital to give patrons the ability to have online and mobile access to free movies, music, ebooks, and more! For further information on this NEW opportunity please read the document below or visit the Marine City Library to ask the friendly staff members!

Hoopla Digital Press Release


 24/7 Wi-Fi Access at the Library:

The value of your library card now extends even further past the
physical branch hours by being able to use the internet within the Wi-Fi reception area at
any time. This is another way your Library connects you to a world of information.


Activities for Children

  • Family Storytime:

    Share songs, stories, and play in a program designed to support the development of literacy skills. Ages 0-5.
    October 18th & 25th at 10:00am
    November 8th, 15th & 29th at 10:00am

  • Tutors For Kids:

    Could you use help with your homework? Your local library can help! Receive one-on-one free tutoring in the subject of your choice with local high school National Honor Society students. Call to register.
    October 17th & 24th at 6:00pm
    November 7th, 14th & 28th at 6:00pm

Activities for Teens and Adults

  • Creative Cards:

    Join local hobbyist Adele, as she helps us create our own greeting cards. Sponsored by “Friends of the Library.” This event requires registration and is limited to 12 participants.
    November 19th at 6:00pm

  • Anime Club:

    Come in and geek out about Anime, Manga, and other things Japanese! Snacks and drinks provided. Ages 11-18.
    October 16th at 3:00pm
    November 20th at 3:00pm

  • The Cast Off’s Knitting Group:

    Calling all knitters and crocheters! Whether you’re new or experienced, join us, along with Lydia, for learning and laughter!
    October 22nd & 29th at 1:00pm
    November 5th, 19th & 26th at 1:00pm

  • Crossings Book Club:

    Join us for some lively conversation as we discuss Christian books. Call for titles. 765-5233. This event requires registration and is limited to 8 participants.
    October 29th at 1:00pm
    November 5th & 26th at 1:00pm

  • Teen Writers Club:

    Calling all aspiring teen writers! Come share your work with other young writers and get feedback to develop and hone your story crafting skills. Please bring a sample of your work that is typed, double-spaced, and no longer than 500 words. Ages 12-18. This event requires registration and is limited to 10 participants.
    November 6th at 3:00pm

  • Teen Tabletop RPG Club:

    Grab your sword, ready your bow, and prep your spells for an afternoon of tabletop role playing adventures! From creating a character to running a campaign, we’ll learn how to do it all. Beginners and experienced players are all welcomed to join us. Ages 12-18. This event requires registration and is limited to 15 participants.
    October 25th at 4:00pm
    November 29th at 4:00pm

  • Spooky String Art:

    Get in the spirit of Halloween by creating a frightfully delightful picture to spruce up any room, haunted or not. All supplies provided. Ages 12-18. A permission slip will need to be signed ahead of time in order to participate. This event requires registration and is limited to 10 participants.
    October 27th at 2:00pm

  • Holiday Papercrafting:

    Get a head start on your holiday cards using our card making supplies or create some unique gift tags! All supplies provided. Ages 12 – 18. This event requires registration and is limited to 15 participants.
    November 17th at 2:00pm


Activities for All Ages


Upcoming Activities & Classes:

  • Art Allies at the Library!:

    Calling all artists! Join us, as we learn from experienced artists some tips and tricks for marketing your creative talents.
    October 30th at 6:00pm
    November 27th at 6:00pm

Book Sale

Check out our selection of new or gently used books at our bi-annual book sale!



November 1st, 2nd, & 3rd, 2018 during Library hours
Friends Of The Library Book Sale: Proceeds support library programs and events.


Friends of the Library

Become a part of your community library as you create and discuss plans for the future.

Our Mission:

  • Enhance the Library’s collection of books
  • Promote the Library’s usefulness
  • increase public awareness of Library functions
  • Provide programs for the Marine City community

Project Friends sponsorship ideas:

  • Used Book Sales
  • National Library Week programs
  • Programs for all ages
  • Literary programs
  • Reading clubs
  • Purchase of books on tape, CDs and new library equipment

This group meets quarterly on the second Monday of January, April, July and October. Join today! Fill out and print the Membership Form.

To learn more about the Friends of the Library, click the following link ⇒ (More Info)