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.
    July 6th, 13th, 20th, & 27th at 10:00am

  • Pop-Up Storytime @ the Park!:

    Meet up at our local East China Park to hear a story, do a simple activity, and play!
    June 22nd at 10:00am

  • Preschool/Kindergarten Drawing Class:

    Come have fun learning how to draw! Children must have experience coloring. Minimum age is 3 1/2 years old. This event requires registration and is limited to 15 participants.
    June 23rd at 10:00am

  • Signing Storytime!:

    Join our signing instructor, Ms. Jennifer, for a fun signing story time and craft! This event requires registration and is limited to 30 participants
    June 29th at 10:00am

Activities for Teens and Adults

  • Anime Club:

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

  • Crossings Book Club:

    Join us for some lively conversations as we discuss Christian books. Call for titles 765-5233.
    June 26th at 1:00pm
    July 24th at 1:00pm

  • Creative Cards:

    Join local hobbyist Adele, as she helps us create our own greeting cards. Sponsored by “Friends of the Library”. Please call to register 765-5233.
    July 24th at 6:00pm

  • Cover 2 Cover Book Club:

    Spend a relaxing hour discussing great reads at your library! Call the library for details and book titles 765-5233.
    July 20th at 6:00pm

  • 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!
    July 3rd at 1:00pm

  • Thursday Night Teens – Earthquake Simulator:

    Using only toothpicks and mini marshmallows, see if you can build a structure that will stand up to a mock earthquake. Ages 13 – 18. Registration requested. This event is limited to 15 participants.
    July 6th at 6:00pm

  • Crafty Ladies!:

    Ladies, join us as we unleash our create side and create garden decorations! This event requires registration and is limited to 8 participants.
    July 19th at 6:00pm

  • Water Warfare!:

    Bring your swimsuits, towels, and super soakers for an afternoon of wild and wet fun! Compete in a variety of outdoor water games including capture-the-flag, tag, target shooting, and free-for-all. Ages 13-18. Registration requested. This event is limited to 50 participants.
    July 22nd at 1:00pm


Activities for All Ages

  • Summer Reading Welcome Party!:

    Start the summer off right by coming to the library to make an eco-friendly craft and eat some pizza! This event requires registration and is limited to 200 participants.
    June 24th at 11:00am

  • Literary Gardeners:

    Join us, along with other “green thumbs” as we share tips and tricks about gardening!
    June 28th at 6:00pm
    July 26th at 6:00pm

Upcoming Activities & Classes

  • Friends of the Marine City Library Meeting:

    Become a part of your community library and discuss plans for the future.
    July 10th at 6:00pm

Book Sale

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)