Marion Carnegie Library

Marion Carnegie Library has three departments each located on different floors. The Children’s Department, located in the Basement, caters to early readers, school-aged children and their families. The young Adult Department serves tweens and teens, ages 12 to 19, and is located on the second floor of the library. The main floor is a commonplace for the community and houses the adult collections. The library also offers public meeting spaces, study rooms, printing and faxing services, access to electronic resources, Wi-Fi, and public computers. Marion Carnegie Library is dedicated to fulfilling community educational, information, cultural, and recreational needs in a relevant and timely manner.



Marion Carnegie Library stands on the site of the former “Grandma Cline” residence. This property was acquired in 1914 for the sum of $5,003.17 from Sarelda Cline and her heirs. The building was constructed in 1915, with a grant of $18,000 from the Andrew Carnegie Foundation. Clifford Shopbell of Evansville, IN, designed the building, which was constructed by Robert Sparks of Marion. It was opened to the public on February 29, 1916, with 1,162 volumes and 680 borrowers. Marie Williams Roberts was the first librarian. Mark Woodley was the first president of the board of trustees. The original building faces Market Street, just south of Tower Square in Marion. The library is located in the direct center of Williamson County and is a department of the City of Marion.

Meeting Rooms

Rooms are available during regular library hours on days that the library is open. Library hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Organizations are asked to clean up and depart library meeting rooms 15 minutes before closing. Failure to leave by closing time will result in forfeit of the deposit fee (if applicable) and denial of future use of library meeting rooms. To request a meeting room, organizations must fill out the meeting room request form below. Please allow at least 48 hours for room requests to be processed. Contact Erica Marks, Office Assistant, at 993-5935 for more information.For-profit organizations must pay a $50 non-refundable fee to secure a room. The library prohibits any group or organization from charging admission fees, with the exception of paid registrations for formal workshops or classes.
Not-for-profit organizations are not charged a fee for the use of event space. A not-for-profit organization exists for educational or charitable reasons and focuses on a goal such as helping the community.

Project Next Generation

PNG is a mentoring program created by Secretary White and administered through Illinois public libraries. Project mentors work with middle and high school students as the participants develop skills to use various technologies, achieve success through project-based learning, and gain life skills such as effective communication, goal-setting, and conflict resolution.

Tips for Marion Carnegie Library

The Container – Check out Marion Carnegie Library’s monthly newsletter The Container. Inside you will find the newest updates, events, and library information!

Book Sales – Get great rates on great reads! The library hosts a sale each spring and fall with hundreds of books to choose from.

Hoopla Digital – Access thousands of eBooks, audiobooks, movies, magazines, and more, absolutely free with your Marion Carnegie Library card.

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