Marion County Library System’s Marion Library Building Renovation Update

Marion County Library System (MCLS) will hold public meetings in October 2020 pertaining to the renovation and expansion of the Marion Library building.   In 2018, Marion County Library System received an appropriation from the 2018 Capital Sales Tax Referendum approved on  November 6, 2018 as part of the general election that year.  Sixty percent of voters voted in favor of the penny tax. The money is funding up to twelve projects during the next seven years which includes the renovation and expansion of Marion Library building.  The projects were approved by Marion County Council after being selected by the Marion County Capital Sales Tax Commission. 

The main objective of the public meetings hosted by MCLS is to communicate with the public to gather their input and let them know how the library system plans to proceed with the renovation and expansion.

The public meetings will take place as follows:  

  • 6 pm Monday, October 12 Marion Opera House,  109 W. Godbold Street, Marion SC
  • 6 pm Monday, October 19 Nichols Public Library, 514 W. Mullins Street,  Nichols, SC
  • 6 pm Tuesday, October 20 Raymond Pridgen Auditorium, 151 East Front Street, Mullins, SC

For those who cannot attend a weekday meeting, Marion County Library System will host a Saturday meeting on October  17  11:00AM to 1:00PM,  at the Marion Public Library.  If you cannot attend a meeting, please contact Sarah Shelley with your comments to 

Marion County Library System is an agency of Marion County, providing tax-supported services to all residents. The library system provides traditional print and audio-visual materials, access to downloadable e-books and other online resources, access to computers, WiFi hotspots, and programs for all ages as well as a bookmobile service. Guided by the mission “to connect people, information, and ideas to encourage life-long literacy, learning and leisure pursuits for a thriving community,” Marion County Library System is an active anchor institution for Marion County communities. 

For more information about library programs and services, contact library staff at 843-423-8300 or visit the Marion County Library System online at

DIY No Sew Face Mask

With more traditional materials hard to find and many unable to sew, we wanted to give our patrons a DIY face mask option that would be accessible for all!

The no sew six step tutorial pictured below is made with a sock and scissors only, but it can also be done with a legging or a shirt. Enjoy 🙂


Graphic by Jerilynn Derhammer


If you would like to print out a copy of this instructional flyer, it can be downloaded here.

How to Use the Libby App


  1. If you want to read or listen to books on a device not listed, you will need to use the Overdrive app.

  2. The Libby app sometimes has trouble locating the Marion County Library System (MCLS). When it asks you to search for your library, search for the “Palmetto Library Consortium.”  MCLS will be listed under that.

  3. Browse and borrow 🙂

    • You will need your pin to borrow. Your pin is a four digit number that was selected when you signed up for your library card. If you cannot remember your pin, please email us at or message us on Facebook.

    • If your account has blocks, the app will ask you to contact the library system. Email or message us on Facebook and we will do our best to help.


New, Temporary Digital Resources

Due to the recent school closings related to the COVID-19 virus, the South Carolina State Library (SCSL) has temporarily added TumbleMath and Teen BookCloud to Discus (SC’s Virtual Library). 

Click on each image below to visit these awesome new resources!

TumbleMath – K-6 math eBook database

Parents–want help using this resource with your child at home? Please visit this link for a guide!




Teen BookCloud – Grades 7-12 eBook database






Additionally, the following resources are also available courtesy of the SCSL:

AudioBookCloud – All ages audio book database
Direct Link:

RomanceBookCloud – A huge collection of steamy Romance novels for the older crowd!
Direct Link:

Please note, these are only available until August 31, 2020.

As MCLS is currently closed, if you need help accessing these resources, please instant message us on our Facebook page here or send an email to We will do our best to help.

MCLS Joins Macmillan Publishing Boycott

On November 1, 2019 Macmillan, one of the five major publishers in the country, implemented an embargo on library e-book purchases. This embargo prevents libraries of any size from purchasing more than one copy of newly released e-books for the first eight weeks after publication.

By restricting libraries ability to purchase e-books, which libraries pay a premium to access for limited or metered periods of time, Macmillan is limiting the public’s ability to access new materials. Macmillan is doing this because the company believes libraries lending digital materials are hurting their e-book sales; however, there is no data to support this claim.

In Marion County, as well as across the country, Macmillan’s actions could lead to patrons waiting months or longer for access to some e-books, which will seriously impact patrons who rely solely on the library’s digital content to meet their information needs. Their actions also set a dangerous precedent which may influence other publishing companies to follow in Macmillan’s footsteps.

For these reasons, the Marion County Library System (MCLS) will not be purchasing newly released print books, e-books, or e-audiobooks from Macmillan Publishers and its imprints effective immediately. MCLS plans to implement this boycott for at least 12 weeks as part of a national movement to protest Macmillan’s recent actions to restrict sales of its e-books to libraries.

“MCLS has chosen to participate in this boycott because this embargo will hurt many of our patrons who rely on our e-resources,” said Library Director Holly Evans. “While the boycott may cause slight delays for local readers in the beginning, the benefits for our patrons will far outweigh this inconvenience. At this time, we ask our patrons have patience and understand that we are acting with their interests in mind.”










Library Fines Reduced December 2nd

Starting December 2, 2019 the Marion County Library System will be reducing its fines to better serve our community. It is the hope of MCLS and the Library Board that this reduction will make library services more accessible for all.

The changes are as follows:

0.10 cents/day for overdue print material

$3.00 maximum fine for a single overdue item

$5.00 cut off for borrowing privilege

All items checked in on or after December 2nd will automatically be subject to the new fine system, and all items checked in before will fall under the old fines. Patrons with a current fine balance can ask staff for a reduction to match the new fines. We are not able to offer this reduction automatically across the board due to restrictions in our software.

Please call or visit any of our branches with questions.


HertiageQuest Now Available

The Marion County Library System is now offering HeritageQuest for all of your genealogy and local history needs.

Want to log on? Simply access the sight from our website ( at any of the Marion County Libraries!

Already in the library? Just click the HeritageQuest Online Quick Tips picture below to get started.

Meet the Author: Daniel Wallace!

With the help of the Marion Chamber of Commerce, Historic Marion Revitalization Association, and the City of Marion, the Marion County Library System is hosting a speaking engagement with author Daniel Wallace.

The program will take place August 2nd at the Marion Opera House. Wallace will be discussing his book Big Fish: A novel of mythic proportions and how it relates to the film and Broadway adaptations.

All ages are welcome and there will be a book signing to follow!