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.
    April 26th at 10:00am
    May 3rd, 10th, 17, 24th, 31st at 10:00am

  • Superhero Party:

    Come dressed in your superhero gear to do crafts and meet a REAL superhero! This event requires registration and is limited to 30 participants.
    May 5th at 11:00am

  • Design a Mother’s Day Mug:

    Swing into the library to make an adorable gift for the greatest person in your life – your mom! This event requires registration and is limited to 30 participants.
    May 9th at 6:00pm


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.
    May 15th at 3:00pm

  • 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.
    May 21st 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!
    April 23rd and 30th at 1:00pm
    May 7th, 14th & 21st 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.
    April 30th at 1:00pm
    May 21st at 1:00pm

  • Chocolate Challenges:

    Calling all teen chocolate lovers! Come compete in a collection of chocolaty contests and see if you can claim the title of Chocolate Champion and win the Chocolate Crown. Prizes include chocolate and gift cards. Ages 13-19. Please register in branch as a permission slip must be signed. This event requires registration and is limited to 15 participants.
    May 12th at 3:00pm


Activities for All Ages


Upcoming Activities & Classes 

  • Martin Lowenberg: A Holocaust Survivor:

    Martin Lowenberg speaks simply and movingly on the progression of Nazi terror to his survival in the concentration camp.
    April 25th at 6:00pm at the Washington Life Center (403 N. Mary Street, Marine City)

  • Gardening Tips & Tricks with Polly:

    Join us, along with Master Gardener Polly, as she shares tips and tricks for a successful garden season.
    May 23rd at 6:00pm

  • Mommy + Me Painting Class

    Staying in town for the holiday weekend? Come in and learn how to do a painting as a pair with Ms. Brenda!
    May 26th at 10:00am

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)