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.
    November 30th at 10:00am
    December 7th, 14th, & 21st at 10:00am

  • Block Party: Lego in the Library:

    Stop by the library and work alongside new friends to create a Lego masterpiece!
    December 6th 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.
    November 29th at 6:00pm
    December 6th, 13th, & 20th

  • Intro to Painting Workshop with Ms. Susan!:

    Learn the basics of painting and some fun techniques with Ms. Susan! She will show you some tips and tricks and help you create your own masterpiece! This event requires registration and is limited to 20 participants.
    November 18th 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.
    November 21st at 3:00pm
    December 19th at 3:00pm

  • Crossings Book Club:

    Join us for some lively conversations as we discuss Christian books. Call for titles 765-5233.
    November 27th 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.
    November 20th at 6:00pm
    December 18th 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!
    December 4th, 11th, & 18th at 1:00pm

  • Earthquake Simulator:

    Using only toothpicks and mini marshmallows, see if you can build a structure that will stand up to a mock earthquake. Ages 12-18. This event requires registration and is limited to 15 participants.
    December 5th at 3:00pm

  • Marshmallow Blowguns:

    Come make an awesomely simple blowgun from PVC parts that’s perfect for pummeling your target with mini marshmallows. Ages 12-18. This event requires registration and is limited to 15 participants.
    December 16th at 1:00pm


Activities for All Ages

  • Trim the Mitten Tree:

    Help keep someone warm this year! Trees will be set up at each library location to receive store bought or handmade scarves, gloves, hats and mittens to help those in need. Items collected will be donated to local charitable organizations in each library community.
    November 13th – December 9th

  • Family Fun Saturday With Santa!:

    Enjoy a special morning filled with crafts and a visit from Santa!
    December 9th at 10:00am


Upcoming Activities & Classes

  • Ballroom Dancing 101:

    Join us, along with Lyle and Carol, as they show us the basics of ballroom dancing!
    December 7th & 14th at 6:30pm

Book Sale

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



November 2nd – 4th 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)