Friends of the Marion Library

Who are the Friends?

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Our Mission:

The Friends of the Marion Public Library (MPL) is a citizen volunteer organization that promotes the use of the library and provides financial assistance for various purchases and programs. 

The Friends of MPL operate a used bookstore, sponsor semi-annual book sales, and provide the Friends Home Books Program for homebound patrons. Funds from the bookstore and sale are used to support reading and speaker programs, purchase special equipment and information resources, sponsor author visits,                                                             and help with other special projects. 

In January 2020, the Friends of the Marion Public Library introduced the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program to Marion.  

This wonderful partnership promotes early reading habits and encourages a lifelong appreciation for literacy and learning.

Kids ages 0-5 who live in the 52302 zip code are eligible to register for the program. Once registered, children will receive one book by mail, each month, until they age out of the program. There is no cost to the child/family to participate.

This program is supported by the Friends of the Marion Public Library, The Alliant Energy Foundation, The Marion Independent School Foundation & Alumni Association, & The John A. & Elise M. Nelson Fund of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, ACT Corporate Giving and Cedar Rapids Daybreak Rotary. Please consider donating to support this program. Just $26.00 can sponsor one child for one year.

Program registration cards are available in the Library and online registration is available by visiting this link, and following the prompts.  To learn more about the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program, read through the most frequently asked program questions now! Read more at


How do I become a Friends member?

Anyone can join the Friends of the Marion Library! To become a member or to renew your membership, print out and complete a membership form and mail or bring it to the library along with your check, or register and pay online.

  • Individual/Family Annual $10
  • Individual Lifetime $100
  • Family Lifetime $175 (spouses and minor children)

Friends members get special opening night admission to all book sales and other bookstore deals throughout year.


How do I volunteer with the Friends?

Members wishing to be actively involved in service to Friends of the Library may participate in activities such as: 

  • Bookstore operations (sales, shelving, sorting, etc.)
  • Book sales (promotion, sorting, set-up, sales, break-down, etc.)
  • Friends committees (Foundation, Publicity, Finance, Membership, Bookstore)

Learn a little more here.


How else can I support the Friends?

Join the Friends of the Marion Library
Become a Friends member today! All proceeds go to support programming and special purchases for the library! 

Do your Amazon shopping through the Friends of the Marion Library Smile link, and Amazon will donate a percentage of your sale to our Friends group! It costs you nothing to choose a charity. Select Friends of the Marion Carnegie Library, or click on the link provided here.


Bookstore Hours


Noon - 4:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Noon - 4:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Noon - 4:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Lindsey Weber, Bookstore Manager

How can I donate materials to the Friends?

The Friends of the Marion Library gratefully accept donations of your gently used books, magazines, CDs, and DVDs to be sold at our bookstore and semi-annual book sale. We cannot accept more than two boxes at a time. For larger donations, please contact Neil at FriendsBookDonations@marionpubliclibrary.orgDrop off donations inside the library at the Check Out DeskAll proceeds support the Marion Public Library!
We accept:
Fiction – paperback and hardcover
Nonfiction – paperback and hardcover
Children’s books
DVDs and CDs
Books on CD
Weekly Magazines – up to 3 months old
Monthly Magazine - up to 6 months old
We cannot accept:
Audiocassettes or VHS
Encyclopedia sets older than 10 years
Outdated Computer books or software
Record albums
Professional journals
Odds and ends – including calendars, personal journals, outdated medical and financial resources
Please use your best judgement about donating things that are not in good condition. If you would not purchase it, it's likely no one else will either, and we will have to recycle your donation. Save our volunteers that extra work and recycle rather than donating outdated items and things in poor condition. A receipt for your donation is available upon request; donations are tax-deductible.
Thank you for supporting your local library!