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Request an Interlibrary Loan to find that out-of-print or specialty book you need.

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MPL Staff

The Marion Public Library has a staff of 21 full and part-time employees who strive to provide the best possible library service.

Board of Trustees

Our Library Board of Trustees meets on the 2nd Monday of each month at 5:00pm. Meetings are always open to the public.

Foundation

The Marion Public Library Foundation was established to provide long-term financial support to enhance the services and collections of the library.

Marion Public Library

7th Ave Uptown Branch
1064 7th Avenue
Marion, IA 52302
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Monday – Thursday
9AM-1PM, 2-7PM
Friday
9AM-1PM, 2-5PM
Saturday
10AM-1PM, 2-5PM
Sunday
12PM-4PM

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Suggest Material

The Marion Public Library welcomes suggestions from library users. While we may not be able to acquire every title that is suggested, your recommendation will receive serious consideration. Alternatively, if an item you are looking for is not available at any library in the Metro Network (Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha or Marion), we may be able to get it from another library through Interlibrary Loan.

How Do I Make A Suggestion?

To make a request, please click here to complete the purchase suggestion form.

Tips for Suggesting Items
  1. Check the Library Catalog to see if we own the item before submitting your request.
  2. For older books (published more than one year ago), specialized technical books, or out-of-print materials, you may wish to consider Interlibrary Loan.

Make an Interlibrary Loan Request

If an item you are seeking is not available at any library in the Metro Network (Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha or Marion), we can often get it from another library through Interlibrary Loan.  You’ll want to sign into your account using the “Log In” button, and then click on the ILL Request/Purchase Request section in the toolbar. You can then submit your form from there. To begin making your request, click on this link.

Charges

The Marion Public Library charges $3.00 for each interlibrary loan received from another Iowa library and $5.00 for requests from an out-of-state library. The same fees apply per article for journal photocopies; we no longer borrow microfilm or microfiche, as we do not have a reader. The lending library may charge an additional $20.00 – $25.00 dollars.

Guidelines for Interlibrary Loan

  1. You must have a valid Metro Library Network card to request interlibrary loans.
  2. Please check the library catalog to be sure that the material is not owned by any Metro Library Network library.
  3. We will process up to seven requests per patron at one time. This includes requests that have already been submitted, but are not yet completed.
  4. Fill out a separate form for each item.
  5. Please fill out all required fields, indicated by *. The more information you provide, the better our chances of finding your item.
  6. Due dates for interlibrary loan materials are set by the lending library. Interlibrary loan materials are borrowed from other libraries. Please return them on time! There is a $1.00/day overdue fine for late items.
  7. We cannot request items with a copyright within the past one year; but ask us! Perhaps we can add the item to our collection!

Library Staff and Leadership

The Marion Public Library has a staff of 21 full and part-time employees who strive to provide the best possible library service.

Leadership

Bill Carroll – Library Director
Amy Geiger – Foundation Director
Dawn Cline – Patron Accounts Manager
Sue Gerth – Reader’s Advisory and Collections Manager
Kimberly Cowger – Administrative Assistant
James Teahen – Deputy Director
Blaine Phillips – Marketing & Community Relations Specialist

Board of Trustees

Our Library Board of Trustees meets on the 2nd Monday of each month at 5:00pm. Meetings are always open to the public.

Agendas, packet, minutes, video and Zoom.com access information can all be found at this link.

Board Members

Sally Reck – President (2024)
Susan Kling – Vice-president (2022)
Eileen Robinson (2024)
Okpara Rice – Secretary (2026)
Seth Moomey (2026)
Cara Briggs Farmer (2022)
Kimberly Rose – Treasurer (2024)
Sandy Rosenberger (2022)
Jack Zumwalt (2026)
Nancy A. Millerex-officio
Ross McIntyre – ex-officio
Chelsea Nunn – ex-officio

Marion Public Library Foundation

The Marion Public Library Foundation was established to provide long-term financial support to enhance the services and collections of the library. Gifts to the Foundation’s permanent endowment increase the amount of income available for future library projects.

Click here to donate to the Marion Public Library Foundation.

Board Members

Mark Ahlers – President
Kim Rose – Secretary
Jill Ackerman
Julie Lammers
Nancy Miller
Jamie Parman
Leah Rodenberg
Susan Kling
Bob Hoyt – President, Friends of the Marion Public Library
Bill Carroll – Library 

For more information about the Foundation, call the library at (319) 377-3412. All contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible to the full extent of the law under 501(C)3 status.