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.
    August 23rd & 30th at 10:00am
    September 6th, 13th, 20th, & 27th at 10:00am

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.
    August 20th at 6:00pm
    September 17th at 6:00pm

  • Anime Club:

    Come in and geek out about Anime, Manga, and other things Japanese! Snacks and drinks provided. Ages 11-18.
    August 21st at 3:00pm
    September 18th 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!
    August 20th & 27th at 1:00pm
    September 10th, 17th, & 24th 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.
    August 27th at 1:00pm
    September 24th at 1:00pm

  • Literary Gardeners:

    Join other “green thumbs” as we share recipes, tips and tricks about gardening!
    August 29th at 6:00pm

  • 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.
    September 4th at 3:00pm

  • Crafty Ladies:

    Unleash your creative side by joining us to celebrate fall and make a button tree on canvas!This event requires registration and is limited to 11 participants.
    September 12th at 6:00pm

  • 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.
    September 27th at 4:00pm


Activities for All Ages

  • Painting With A Brenda Twist:

    Join us, along with Brenda, as she teaches us her tips and techniques for creating a beautiful bird painting on canvas.This event requires registration and is limited to 15 participants.
    September 18th at 6:00pm

  • Fall Perennial Exchange:

    Bring in identified perennials, bulbs, or seeds to exchange for something NEW!
    September 22nd at 9:00am

  • Banned Books Week:

    Description:Come check out our selection of challenged and banned books and learn about censorship in literature, the process involved in banning materials, and reasons why something should or should not be challenged.
    September 24th – 29th during Library hours


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.
    August 28th at 6:00pm
    September 25th at 6:00pm

  • Medicare & You:

    What does Medicare cover? What doesn’t Medicare cover? Do I need Medicare A & B? What is the difference between an Advantage Plan, a supplement, and original Medicare? Join us, along with Kerry, and get the answers to all these questions? Call to register 765-5233. This event requires registration and is limited to 30 participants.
    September 5th at 6:30pm

  • Learn the ABC’s of Beekeeping:

    Are you interested in beekeeping? Join us as we learn the ABC’s of beginner beekeeping with Richard McFarland!
    September 19th at 5:00pm

Book Sale

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



May 3rd, 4th, 5th & 7th, 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)