Founded in 1923, the Marion County Public Library is getting close to its 100 year anniversary. We offer free circulation of print books, audio books, music cds and movies, all appealing to an array of ages. There are board books and picture books in the early reader section, juvenile-specific and young adult specific fiction and graphic novels, combined juvenile and young adult non-fiction and biography, and adult fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels and biography.
We also have an ever-expanding collection of large print titles, as well as sections for classic literature, paperbacks, romance, westerns and over-sized non-fiction. Additionally, there are a variety of texts available in our Kentucky section, and our genealogy books are housed in their own research room.
The library is funded off a millage property tax, as the majority of public libraries across the Commonwealth of Kentucky. This money is used to pay our librarians, expand our collection and pay our daily operating expenses.
We are staffed by 9 full-time and 4 part-time librarians, along with a part-time custodian.
Director Amy Morgeson
Assistant Director Sandy Nunley
Children’s Librarian Morgan Trigg
Young Adult Librarian Elaine Rahn
Outreach Librarian Amanda Morgeson
Cataloger I Terry Brockman
Cataloger II Angela Selter
Reference / Genealogy Librarian Jama Watts
Circulation Librarian Stephanie Smothers
Library Aide Carly Clark
Library Aide Brooke Hill
Library Aide Molly McMasters
Custodian David Gribbins
History (from the History of Marion County Kentucky, Volume I, compiled by the Marion County Historical Society) “The Marion County Public Library was founded by the Lebanon-Marion County Woman’s Club in 1923 and they very admirably operated it for over 40 years.
In 1966 the library became affiliated with the Kentucky Department of Libraries in Frankfort after a tax was passed by petition in Marion County.
In 1969, the library received an Amoritization Grant from the State to finance a new library building. In 1970, the beautiful building at 201 East Main Street was completed and the books were moved across the street. The building with nearly all new furnishing cost about $180,000.
In 1993, the size of the building was nearly doubled, with a generous bequest of $200,000 from Dorothy Thomas Cullen and Margaret Lindsey Creech, daughters of the late Judge R. Thomas. The Lebanon City County and Marion County Fiscal Court each contributed $15,000 and the State Library matched local funding of $230,000. The debt free building was dedicated in November 1993.”
The library is currently undergoing a major renovation project, beginning in the fall of 2017. The project should take 12 to 18 months and is funded by a grant through the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. To read more about the project, check out our Construction Project page. In the meantime, you can visit our temporary location at 711 East Main Street, Lebanon.