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Below is a list of our various departments
|Audiovisual (AV) refers to works with a sound and/or a visual component. This collection includes audio discs and cassettes, music CDs, DVDs, BluRay DVDs, CD-ROMs, and video cassettes.|
|Administration is responsible for accounts payable and receivable, meeting room coordination, and overall library operations. Includes the Office of the Director.|
|Childrens & Youth|
|Children's/Youth Services provide patrons with assistance in locating the books, magazines, CD's, read-alongs, vertical file items or audio books. We also have a non-circulating reference section. Stories-to-go kits are available on numerous subjects. Computers are available for internet use, games or literacy enhancement.
Story times are held for children from birth through six years of age. Craft classes meet twice bi-weekly for children in grades 1-6. The Tween Book Club and Reader's Theatre meet every month. Special story times are scheduled for schools, daycare centers, and other programs.
The activity room is used for many of our programs. Our courtyard is used in the summer for various uses including Lunch on the Lawn on a weekly basis.
The department is home to our guinea pigs; Jack and Jill.
|Circulation Services staff members are the first people you'll encounter when you enter the library, and the first voice you speak to when you give us a call. We in the Circulation Department issue cards to new members, check in and out materials, shelve and repair items, and assist with the public access computers. We even offer free computer classes!
As times have changed, so have we. No longer simply a place for book lovers to convene (though we never were just that), the services Circulation offers these days are extensive. You can borrow for no charge from our collection of nearly 7,000 DVDs (including over 100 different television series), over 4000 VHS tapes, more than 2,000 CDs and almost 3,000 audio books. We have recently made it possible to borrow electronic books for your Nook, Kobo, or other eReaders. With more than 20 public access computers in just the Circulation Department, anyone is free to search for jobs, look up directions, or do research for school. The four full-time and eight part-time staff members in the Circulation Department are kind and here to assist you, our patrons.
|Indiana History and Genealogy|
|The Indiana History and Genealogy department works to preserve the history of Grant county, its people and businesses. We assist genealogists in researching their family history by collecting vital records, microfilming records and creating indexes for them. The department has created an online database of over 800,000 records that is available to everyone free of charge. We create topical files from local newspapers and other sources to aid researchers and those just curious about a topic. We provide telephone, mail and email assistance to people from across the country every month, and serve an average of 340 people a month in the Indiana Room.|
|In 1992 the Marion Public Library moved into a new building. At that time the former library, the Carnegie Building, was restored to house an historical museum. Upon its opening as a department of the library the stated mission of the museum was collect, preserve, store, and display artifacts and other items connected to Grant County and all the communities within the county.
In the years since the museum has acquired more than 22,000 items in its collections—all relating to the city of Marion and other communities in Grant County. Many of those items are used in exhibits, both rotating and permanent. In addition, museum staff has been responsible for digitizing more than 5100 photographs for the historic photo collection over the past ten years. Currently there is an exhibit of photos relating to Marion hotels in the Forrest Room on the 2nd floor of the Carnegie Building. There will be continuous rotating photo exhibits in the Forrest Room; each available for about three months.
The museum hosts the AARP Tax Assistance Program every year from February through the end of the tax season. The Quilters Hall of Fame also makes good use of the museum in July for their annual Celebration.
The museum boasts visitors from every state in the union as well as some foreign countries. On an annual basis some 5,000 people visit the Marion Public Library Museum.
Admission to the museum is free and open to the public. Hours are
Please come to see exhibits about people who lived here from prehistoric times through the present.
|Assistance and information are provided by Reference staff to library patrons by telephone and in person. Resources of other libraries are available through Interlibrary Loan. The non-circulating Reference collection includes encyclopedias, telephone books, online databases, indexes, business services, and specialized sources of information. A variety of newspapers, magazines, and microforms are provided. Circulating items include books,back issue magazines and a vertical file collection of clippings and pamphlets. A small group study room, individual study rooms, and family computer room are located in this area. Internet computers are available as well as wireless service for patrons bringing in their own laptops.Reference staff also provide readers advisory service.|
|Technical Services oversees evaluation and spending for electronic databases and coordinates web activities; purchasing, maintenance and technical support of Library computer equipment; ordering, processing and cataloging of all library materials.|
|The Teen Services department offers teens a collection of magazines, books, graphic novels, and audio-books. Our Teen Librarian also schedules several activities and programs for teens every month.|