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3M Cloud Library

Start here to download the app for your device.  Additional instructions can be found here. Once the app is downloaded, you can access the catalog and dowload books.


Simply log-in with your library barcode to access wonderful resources which includes ebooks, encyclopedia entries, videos, games, science experiments, and much more!


To dowload ebooks, create an account and by using your 14 digit library code number.




Shop Amazon - support the Friends of the Library!

The Friends of Marshall Public Library are now on Amazon Smile!

AmazonSmile is a website (smile.amazon.com) operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

When you shop @AmazonSmile, Amazon will make a donation to Friends of Marshall Public Library. Simply use this link to begin donating today.



"Reading Takes You Everywhere" This Summer!


Reading Takes You Everywhere!, the 2018 Summer Reading theme, will focus on the excitement of exploration and new discoveries to be found in books, libraries, our communities, and beyond. For all summer readers, this year’s theme is about life in other places - from foods around the world to travel, music, art and animals, this year's program is full of adventure and fun. Children ages 13 and under will enjoy weekly activities designed to prevent the “summer lag”.

Registration will begin Tuesday, May 29th with the annual Street Fair Kick-Off on Wednesday, May 30th from 4:00—6:00 PM in front of the library.

Weekly programs will feature family friendly movies, programs, crafts, snacks, rewards, and more! Enjoy Family Movies @ the Library each Tuesday, June 5th—July 10th at 2:00pm, every Wednesday special programs, June 6th—July 11th at 2:00 pm and each Thursday “Craftivity”, June 7th-July 12th at 2:00 pm (ages 4 & up).

Participants will be invited to a Reward Party on Friday, July 13th at 10:30 am for those ages 13 under and who turned in at least one reading log.

Please register for all programming as seating is limited. You can register in the library, by calling (217) 826 - 2535 or by using the online registration forms below.

Family Movie Afternoons



Fishing Around the World - June 20th

Would You Rather...? (Douglas Hart Nature Center) - June 27th

Silly Safaris - July 11th


Adult Reading Logs (ages 14+) can found online or at the criculation desk.


Marshall Public Library Renovations Coming Soon!


Marshall Public Library Board of Trustees is pleased to announce plans to renovate the library’s main level. For many years the library has been saving funds for a renovation project. In 2015, Edwin (Sonny) Daly former local resident, member of the Handy Writer’s Colony, and published author, donated $100,000 to the library upon his death. This money, combined with the library’s equivalent savings, made it possible to consider the idea of renovating the library’s main floor.

In January 2017, the Board of Trustees selected EWR Architects and Associates to begin a renovation plan. In April 2018 the library received word from Illinois State Library that the Live and Learn Construction Grant application for which they applied would be awarded to the library. With sufficient funds and renovation plans in place, the library will begin renovations later this summer. Renovations will include several updated features that will better assist library patrons with disabilities and overall library experience. The main features of the renovation include: a vestibule at the entrance of the library, a relocated circulation desk with added head librarian office, a new maker space/study room, a staff handicap accessible restroom, new flooring and paint, an enhanced genealogy area, increased seating and a new floor layout. Full size poster models of the renovations are now available for viewing at the library and at City Hall. The library will remain open during renovations.

To view a short video showing upcoming renovation plans, check out Marshall Public Library on Youtube.


Tiger! Tiger! Exhibit Featured at Marshall Public Library


Imagine walking down a generations-old road.  A rustle off to the side makes you snap to attention, and you hold your breath as a tiger crosses your path.  In some parts of the world, people share their environment with tigers just as we share ours with coyotes or hawks.  Learn more about tigers as you explore the Tiger! Tiger! exhibit beginning April 1st and ending June 30th at Marshall Public library.  Guests will learn why tigers are amazing, important and endangered.

 Learn about the innovative methods being implemented to make sure tigers continue to have a home in a balanced ecosystem.  Every person, regardless of age or location, can help save tigers!

 The grant for this exhibit was awarded through Paly Foundation Nature exhibits.


"Book Chat" - Every Third Wednesday at 10:30 AM

“Book Chat” is a book discussion group that meets at the library the third Wednesday morning of each month at 10:30. While discussing books, enjoy a coffee and a light snack. Upcoming featured books include:


Upcoming Selections

June 2018: The Underground Railroad - Colson Whitehead

July 2018: The Peach Keeper – Sarah Addison Allen

August 2018: The Life She Was Given – Ellen Marie Wiseman


Multiple copies of featured books will be available for checkout at the library, including audiobook and large print versions if available.


GED Scholarships Available

The Friends of Marshall Public Library received a $250 donation from Marshall Main Street in honor of the library’s new GED Scholarship program. The program is one of many that honor the library’s centennial celebrations this year. The library understands it is difficult for individuals who lack a high school diploma to find work, and therefore difficult to pay for GED tests. As Janet Hasten, GED instructor for Lake Land Community College Adult Education said: “Students often struggle to pass the GED test; offering a local scholarship will help alleviate the heavy burdens many of these students face both academically and financially”. The library believes this program will not only help individuals and their families directly, but will also provide greater good to the community.

The Friends will award multiple scholarships to local residents; all those seeking a GED are encouraged to apply. Applicants may apply by completing a GED scholarship application available at the library or print one here. All applications should be mailed to Friends of the Library, Attn. Director, 612 Archer Avenue, Marshall, IL 62441 or dropped off at the library. All scholarships winners will remain confidential.

For more information about this scholarship opportunity or how you or your organization may contribute to this program, please call Marshall Public Library at 217-826-2535.

Try it today! 3M Cloud E-books

Through a generous grant from the Illinois State Library, Illinois Heartland Library System is working in conjunction with RAILS (Reaching Across Illinois Library System) to develop a statewide e-book consortium. 

3M Cloud eBooks and audiobooks can be downloaded directly from our regular catalog or through the 3M app. Library patrons can use their library cards to checkout and download eBooks directly to:

  • eReaders that use the EPUB format (this does NOT include Kindle eReaders)
  • Tablets, including iPads, Android tablets, and the Kindle Fire
  • Smartphones and music players
  • Personal computers and laptops

For instructions on using the 3M Cloud at Marshall Public Library, please view our 'Using 3M Cloud Library' brochure.  Video tutorials are also available through 3M's Youtube channel.  If you need further assistance, please stop by the library with your device. We would LOVE to help you get started using 3M!

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