About the Library


1101 6th Avenue
Marion, IA 52302


(319) 377-3412


Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 – 5 p.m.

Parking Information
Book Drops & Pickups
Safety Information

Special Library Hours

2023 Special Library Hours

MPL will be closed and/or have modified hours the following days in 2023:

Sunday, January 1: Closed

Friday, April 7: Closed

Sunday, April 9: Closed

Monday, May 29: Closed

Tuesday, July 4: Closed

Monday, September 4: Closed

Friday, November 10: Closed

Wednesday, November 22: Open 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Thursday & Friday, November 23 & 24: Closed

Sunday & Monday, December 24 & 25: Closed

Sunday, December 31: Closed

Monday, January 1, 2024: Closed
In addition to the dates above, the library opens at 10 a.m. on the 3rd Friday of every month for staff & department meetings.

Parking Information

Parking Information

The library’s parking lot is located on the south side of the building. Patrons can enter and exit the parking lot from both 11th and 12th Streets.

When the parking lot is full, free, on-street parking is available on 11th Street and 6th Avenue. Additional free, on-street parking is available throughout Uptown Marion.

Book Drops & Pickups

Book Drops

In addition to returning items at our Information Desk, MPL has three book drops:

  • One exterior, walk up drop on the north side (6th Avenue) of the building.
  • One inside drop in the south (main parking lot) entrance.
  • One exterior drop on the south side’s drive thru.
Items can also be returned to both the downtown and Ladd Cedar Rapids Public Library branches or the Hiawatha Public Library. Book drops can also be found at area HyVee stores, located just inside their entrances.

Holds Pickups

MPL has two options for picking up materials on hold:

  • Pick up materials inside from our holds wall, located behind the Information Desk on the main level.
  • Pick up materials from our drive thru, located on the south side of the building. Patrons can access the drive thru from the 11th Street parking lot entrance.

When placing materials on hold, patrons should select “Marion Public Library” to pick up materials inside the library, and select “Marion Drive Up” to pick up materials in the drive thru.




Restrooms can be found on the library’s main level, right off of the parking lot entrance, as well as the second level in the hallway next to the public computers. A family restroom is available on the main level in the Youth Collection. Baby changing stations are available in all restrooms, and an adult changing station is available in the main level restroom.

The library also has a caregiver’s room for nursing caregivers, or other patrons who would like additional privacy. Patrons looking to use this room should ask staff at the Youth Services Desk to unlock the door.


Library Accessibility Resources

MPL strives to ensure library services are accessible to all individuals.

Parking & Physical Accessibility
MPL has three ADA parking stalls in the south side parking lot. Patrons should use the ADA path from the parking stalls along 11th Street to the ramp entrance, which will take them to the south entrance doors. The 6th Avenue entrance is a flat entrance. Both entrances feature automatic buttons to open the doors.

A wheelchair is available for in-library use on a first come, first served basis from the Information Desk on the main level.

Sensory Inclusive & Certified

MPL is certified Sensory Inclusive through KultureCity. KultureCity promotes an accommodating and positive experience for all patrons with sensory issues who visit the library. The library’s Social Story and available resources can be found here.

Safety Information

Library Safety Information

To keep patrons and staff safe, MPL has the following safety equipment in place:

  • Three automated external defibrillators (AEDs)
  • Fire extinguishers located throughout the building
  • Emergency exits on each level of the library
MPL has two stairwells that serve as shelters in case of severe weather and other safety situations. Patrons who remain in the library during a severe weather situation must shelter in the stairwells until an “all clear” signal is given.

MPL Tour Request Form

From field trips and school tours to group meeting requests, library staff is available to provide tours for patrons of all ages. If you’re interested in having a tour at MPL, fill out the form below and our staff will be in touch! Tour requests must be made at least 2 weeks in advance to ensure staff availability.

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