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.
    June 18th & 25th at 10:00am
    July 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th 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.
    July 13th at 11:00am

  • Make It & Take It Crafts!:

    Come on in, anytime between 10:00am – 1:00pm, cool off and be creative! Library provides all materials. Ages 0-12.
    June 25th at 10:00am
    July 30th 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.
    June 17th at 6:00pm
    July 15th 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.
    June 18th at 3:00pm
    July 16th at 3:00pm

  • Painting in Space!:

    Join us to paint a space-themed painting inspired by one of Vincent Van Gogh’s Classic Works. No painting skills necessary! Beginners welcome! Registration Requested. Materials Provided. This event requires registration and is limited to 12 participants.
    June 19th at 6:00pm

  • Sci-Fi Book Club:

    Join us for our new sci-fi book club! We will discuss “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by Philip K. Dick. Request a copy of the book in advance if needed. We will meet the fourth Wednesday of the Month.
    June 26th at 6:00pm


Activities for All Ages

Upcoming Activities & Classes:


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)