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.
    May 14th, 21st, & 28th at 10:00am

  • Block Party! Lego in the Library!:

    Build your own LEGO masterpiece for display in the library. We supply the LEGO bricks & challenges! Ages 5-12.
    April 20th at 11:00am
    May 11th at 11:00am

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.
    May 20th at 6:00pm

  • Anime Club:

    Join us as we watch the latest shows, discuss various Japanese topics, learn some basic words, and enjoy origami crafts. This month we’re watching The Ancient Magnus’ Bride and will talk about Japanese cooking. Light refreshments available. Ages 12-19. A permission slip signed by parents is required in order to attend. This event requires registration and is limited to 15 participants.
    May 21st at 3:00pm

  • 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.
    April 25th at 3:00pm

  • Crossings Book Club:

    Join us for some lively conversation as we discuss Christian books. Call for titles. This event requires registration and is limited to 8 participants.
    April 29th at 1:00pm
    May 20th at 1:00pm

  • 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 22nd & 29th at 1:00pm
    May 6th, 13th, & 20th at 1:00pm


Activities for All Ages

Upcoming Activities & Classes:

  • Artful Allies at the Library:

    Calling all artists! Join us as we learn from experienced artists some tips & tricks for marketing your creative talents.
    May 7th at 6:00pm

  • Crafty Ladies and Lads:

    Unleash your creative side as we decorate flower pots for a home herb garden. Registration is Requested. Materials Provided. This event requires registration and is limited to 12 participants.
    May 8th at 6:00pm

Book Sale

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



May 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 6th, 2019 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)