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Marion Carnegie Library was opened to the public in 1916. It has undergone several renovations in the 103 years since, including a major expansion in 1997 that added 12,000 square feet. The library’s collection now exceeds 90,000 items, there are over 9,000 registered borrowers and it averages more than 141,500 visitors each year. The library has an automated circulation system as well as multi-media workstations and Internet capability. There is a public meeting room with computer workstations. A full-service coffee bar is located on the main floor. Marion is located in Williamson County in southern Illinois at the intersection of Illinois Route 13 and Interstate 57.

The 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 trustee.

You are one of thousands of Marion citizens who utilize Marion Carnegie Library each year. The Library circulates books, magazines, movies, audio books, children’s educational kits, and e-books.

Your Marion Carnegie Library card is good at more than 450 public libraries in The Illinois Heartland Library System. Please be aware that lending policies vary from library to library.

If the item you need is in use, or owned by another library, a hold can be placed on it. (A hold is a request to reserve an item.) A patron may have up to 5 holds on their account. We will contact you as your holds become available.

Marion Carnegie Library was opened to the public in 1916. It has undergone several renovations since its opening. The 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. A mezzanine existed above the entrance to the library, until it was replaced by the present stairs, in the east entrance, in the late 1930’s. The top floor was an attic, until renovation on the south half made it the children’s area in 1962. In 1967, the children’s area expanded to include the north half of the top floor. In 1984, the Children’s Department was moved from the top floor to the lower level, so it would be accessible for the handicapped. In 1997, a major renovation was undertaken and 10,000 square feet was added. The top floor was remodeled for a teen department in 2008.

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