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.
    September 28th at 10:00am
    October 5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th at 10:00am

  • Block Party: Lego in the Library:

    Stop by the library and work alongside new friends to create a Lego masterpiece!
    October 4th at 3:00pm

  • 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. Grades K-8 Call to register.
    October 4th, 11th, 18th, & 25th at 6:00pm

  • Make It @ the Library: Rocket Ships:

    Use household items and the creative part of your brain to turn something simple into a rocket ship! This event requires registration and is limited to 20 participants.
    October 11th at 6:00pm

  • Pumpkin Painting Contest:

    Spend an evening painting a pumpkin that will be entered into a contest for a prize! You will be able to take your pumpkin home the following week. This event requires registration and is limited to 20 participants.
    October 18th at 6:00pm

  • Be Your Own Superhero!:

    Spend some time making your own superhero mask! Wear a cape so you can fly back home with your new mask! This event requires registration and is limited to 20 participants.
    October 25th at 6:00pm

  • Halloween Extravaganza:

    Come dressed in your best (or spookiest) costume and enjoy the fun at the library! We will have snacks, games, crafts, and tons of fun! This event requires registration and is limited to 50 participants.
    October 28th at 11:00am


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.
    October 17th at 3:00pm

  • Crossings Book Club:

    Join us for some lively conversations as we discuss Christian books. Call for titles 765-5233.
    September 25th at 1:00pm
    October 23rd 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.
    October 16th 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.
    October 19th 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!
    October 2nd at 1:00pm

  • Teen Read Week Bingo Raffle:

    Discover something new to enjoy while completing a special bingo sheet with a raffle to win a gift card prize! Teens ages 13 to 18 are eligible to play.
    October 10th-14th

  • Crafty Ladies:

    Join us as we unleash our creative side! Guest Maraleen will show us how to create a Yo-Yo Snowman! This event requires registration and is limited to 8 participants.
    October 11th at 6:00pm


Activities for All Ages

  • Literary Gardeners:

    Join us, along with other “green thumbs” as we share tips and tricks about gardening!
    September 27th at 6:00pm
    October 25th at 6:00pm


Upcoming Activities & Classes

  • EMAIL 1:

    This class will help you understand email and the email system on the World Wide Web. The instructor will discuss pros and cons of different types of email services. You will learn how to use a free web-based email service using a student email account provided by the instructor. The instructor will lead you through opening your inbox, replying to a message, and deleting messages using the library’s computers. This event requires registration and is limited to 10 participants.
    September 26th at 6:00pm

  • St. Clair County Library System 100th Anniversary Celebration:

    The St. Clair County Library System will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on Friday September 29th, 2017 from 4 – 8 pm at the Blue Water Convention Center. This is a free, come-as-you-are celebration featuring words and a reading from former Port Huron/Main Library page and best-selling author Terry McMillan (Waiting to Exhale, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Getting to Happy), jazz music from Detroit’s R.J. Spangler Trio, remarks from State Librarian Randy Riley and other local officials, and light food and refreshments.
    September 29th from 4:00pm – 8:00pm at the Blue Water Convention Center

  • Friends of the Marine City Library Meeting:

    Become a part of your community library and discuss plans for the future.
    October 2nd at 6:00pm

  • Email 2:

    This will help you understand how to safely open and use attachments, respect your email friends? privacy when group emailing, and recognize scams and spams. This event requires registration and is limited to 10 participants.
    October 3rd at 6:00pm

  • Social Networking: Facebook 1:

    Learn what social networking is and how you can use Facebook to keep in touch with family and friends. The instructor will help you understand Facebook Privacy settings for your “comfort level” of sharing. For this first class we will use a student Facebook Account and the library’s computers. This event requires registration and is limited to 10 participants.
    October 10th at 6:00pm

  • Social Networking: Facebook 2:

    This class will continue with Facebook using your own personal Facebook account and your mobile device (if you want). We will explore pictures, mobile apps, and more on how to control who sees what on FB. Be sure to know your logon and password for your personal FB account for this class. This event requires registration and is limited to 10 participants.
    October 17th at 6:00pm

  • Social Networking: Skype:

    Skype may be the answer to a lot of things you’ve always wanted but didn’t know were possible. A way to talk to family members in different parts of the country for free. A way to call people abroad on their phones or cell phones for less money. A way to be there for important life events when you can’t be there in person. This event requires registration and is limited to 10 participants.
    October 24th 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)