Online Catalog (OPAC)
Electronic Resources

MPL on YouTube 


An award-winning online curriculum for young children, from Age of Learning, Inc. Free at our library.



Password inside library:  marshall
Password from anywhere outside of the library:



ancestry logo

Find your ancestors’ stories.
Discover yours.
For use only in library. 
No username/password needed.




Marshall area newspapers from 1864 - present (free, no log-in required)


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.


Glassdoor is your free inside look at jobs and companies - salary details, company reviews, and interview questions.


Use your library barcode to log-in.



Cure Your Cabin Fever at the Library!

cabinWinter is a great time to read in the warmth of our homes or when vacationing.  It is also when many of us get cabin fever, so again this year Marshall Public Library is having a winter time “Cabin Fever Reading Program” for all readers ages 14 and older.

It’s very simple!  Just pick up a “Cabin Fever” bookmark at the library, which you will use to record the books you read between January 9th and February 17th.  Readers can read any number of books, listing five books on each bookmark and exchanging a completed bookmark at the circulation desk for a new bookmark. New this year - you may enter online using our online Cabin Fever Reading Log.

Earn a completed book mark each time you read just one biography

Each completed bookmark will serve as an entry in a weekly drawing. The reader with the highest number of bookmarks turned in by February 17th will win the grand prize.  The prizes are sponsored by the Friends of Marshall Public Library.




Native American Oral Traditions, Music, & Food

The Clark County Historical Society has invited Illinois Humanities Road Scholar Kim Sigafus McIver to share her knowledge about Native American culture February 2nd at 6:30 pm. She will teach a few words in the Ojibwa language as well as drum and sing, while storytelling, and drawing upon Native oral traditions. The audience may participate in a drum circle and enjoy a sample of authentic Native cuisine. All ages are welcome for this one of a kind presentation!

Please register by calling the library at 217-826-2535 or using the online registration form.




Hidden Illness and Medical Mysteries in the White House


Dr. Jim Turner, Marshall native and Family Physician at Cork Medical Center, will present: "Hidden Illness and Medical Mysteries in the White House" on Thursday, Feb. 23rd at 6:30 pm.

Presidents were not spared serious illnesses in their political careers with diseases such as cancer, heart failure, Polio, the Great Influenza, Addison's Disease, depression and a non healing gun shot wound to the chest.  How did these infirmaries affect their judgement and the course of the nation and the world?  Why did they deceive the public on their true health status?

Dr. Turner has met four Presidents, attended two Inaugurations, sat in the House Gallery for a State of the Union Address, attended two National Conventions and stood in the Oval Office, Cabinet Room and the Rose Garden.

Please register for calling the library or using the online registration form.


Author Candace Fleming to Visit Marshall!

Each year Marshall’s Visiting Author Committee selects a well-known author to visit Marshall Schools and the library. This year the Committee has out-done themselves once again, bringing renowned author Candace Fleming to the library Thursday, March 30th at 6:30 PM in the Dale McConchie Meeting room.

 Candace Fleming awarded herself the Newbery Medal in fifth grade after scraping the gold sticker off the class copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond and pasting it onto her first novel—a ten-page, ten-chapter mystery called Who Done It? She’s been collecting awards (her own, not Eliza-Beth George Speare’s) ever since.

 Today, Candace is the versatile and acclaimed author of more than twenty books for children and young adults, including the Los Angeles Times Book Prize honored The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of the Russian Empire; Boston Globe/Horn Book A w a r d - winning biography, The Lincolns; the bestselling picture book, Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!; and the beloved Boxes for Katje.

Please register by calling the library at 217-826-2535 or using the online registration form.



Little Book Beginners Program for Preschoolers

Monthly Little Book Beginners programs are planned for pre-schoolers ages 3, 4, and 5 years and a parent at Marshall Public Library this school year.  At each thirty minute session the children listen to stories, learn finger plays, do interactive projects with a parent, and more.  The parents learn valuable information about effective ways to read to children and provide a reading environment at home.  Children receive a free book to take home at each session and an additional book if they complete a monthly reading log. Upcoming books include:

Happy Valentine’s Day Little Critter

by Mercer Mayer

January 19th  at 6:30 PM


The Missing Mitten Mystery

by Steven Kellogg

February 16th at 6:30 PM


Little Book Beginners will meet on the third Thursday of each month, September thru April, at 6:30 PM in the library. Registration is limited, so please call the library or click here to register if you plan to attend.  Marshall Rotary Club and Evelyn Knowles Foundation generously fund this program.


Get Powered with STEAM at Marshall Public Library

Children grades 3rd through 6th may register at Marshall Public Library for a free STEAM program held monthly the third Tuesday of the month from 3:15 PM to 4:30 PM beginning October 18th and ending March 21st. STEAM combines science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics into stimulating hands-on activities for children. Each month children will have the opportunity to collaborate, build, experiment and create using a variety of tools.

Registration is required each month for this free program. Students who need transportation from North School may use the school bus to get to the library, please indicate this need when registering with the library. To register for this free program, made possible by an anonymous donation in honor of the library’s 100th birthday, you may call the library at 217-826-2535.


"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 featured coffee flavor of the month over a light snack courtesy of Old National Bank. Upcoming featured books include:


Upcoming Selections

January 18, 2017: Little Mercies Heather Grudenkauf

February 15, 2017 : A Man Called Ove – Frederik Bachman

March 15, 2017 : Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neal Hurston


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

Check out these favorites!