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The Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library offers our users a multitude of resources, from books, audiobooks and videos to magazine databases and public internet access. Programs for all ages virtually and in-person, story-times, reference, interlibrary loans, photocopying, printing, scanning, notary service are some of what’s available. There is a charge for most copies or prints. Digital materials come from several sources and include e-books, e-audiobooks, magazines, comics and streaming movies. Find links on The Library’s main page.
Basic obituary searches of microfilmed local newspapers will be done for individuals that are unable to visit the Library in person (some limits or fees may apply). Our meeting room may be available to outside groups when not needed by the Library. We provide free public wi-fi access and are also a Kids Connect site. Videoconferencing is possible by appointment. Read, research, relax and recreate all at your Library.
THE LIBRARIES – The main library is in Moundsville. We have two branches in Marshall County: Benwood-McMechen and Cameron. And an archival center, close to the main library, is under development. The Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library acts as the regional headquarters for several affiliate libraries in Wetzel and Tyler Counties, forming a service center that previously went by the name of the Miracle Valley Regional Library System.
Originally founded in 1916, the present-day Moundsville Library opened its doors at 700 Fifth Street, Moundsville, in January of 1962. We used to be called the City-County Public Library but now our official name is Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library.
ACCESSIBILITY: The main (ground floor) area of the Library is wheelchair accessible, including a restroom. The Children’s Department, Meeting Room, and administrative office on the lower level are accessible by stairs or a chair-lift available at the stairs by the Tomlinson Avenue doors. Please contact the Library if you need any assistance.
DIRECTIONS: From Rt. 2 (Lafayette Avenue in Moundsville), turn east onto Fifth Ave. and go one block to Tomlinson Ave. The Library is on the corner of 5th and Tomlinson.
THE CONSORTIUM – The West Virginia Library Network has over 100 member libraries 37 counties across the state. Your Marshall County library card should work in almost all of them. Wonder why your card says “NorLN”? That stands for the Northern Library Network, a consortium launched in 2005 with more than 40 libraries in 17 counties in the northern region of West Virginia – including the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library. But then in 2020 the Northern Library Network joined with the Mountain Library Network and other libraries in West Virginia to form a new consortium, the West Virginia Library Network or WVLN. The aim is to more efficiently and fully serve the residents and visitors of West Virginia. The yellow “NorLN” card continues to work until we replace it or relabel it in the near future.
GETTING A LIBRARY CARD – Residents of Marshall County are eligible for a free library card (there is a small charge for replacement cards). To register, come to the library with a valid ID that shows your current address. If you’re under 18, your parent or legal guardian needs to sign the registration along with you. If you already have a valid card from another WVLN library you usually can use that at our library. If you aren’t able to come into the library in person you can call or email us to find out how we can get you a library card, or check the library’s Facebook Page for the Temporary Card registration form.
BORROWING MATERIALS – You need a library card to borrow most items, though there are some “honor paperbacks” for adults and children that do not require a card. Most items may be renewed if no one else has asked for them. ILL materials, borrowed from another library, usually cannot be renewed. The regular loan periods are:
Books – 2 weeks
Audiobooks – 2 weeks
DVDs – 2 days
PUBLIC COMPUTERS & WI-FI – Internet-access computers with basic office software are available on a “first-come first-serve” basis. You sign up at the Circulation Desk. A library card is not required. Black & white printing can be done from any of the computers. If you need to scan or print in color, you’ll need to tell staff when you are signing up so you can be put at an appropriate computer. If others are waiting for computers, you’ll be asked to finish after 1 hour of use. If you bring your own device, you can take advantage of our free wireless internet access within the building or in the immediate vicinity. You’ll need to request a wi-fi receipt. At this time printing with wi-fi is not available.
CONTACTING US – Phone us at 304-845-6911. Send mail or Visit us at 700 5th Street in Moundsville, WV. General email contact with the library is done through web-based accounts. Use moundsvillelibrary at yahoo.com and mail will be directed appropriately. A gmail account is available for printing requests but you need to phone or visit the library to confirm such requests. We do not offer FAXing services to the public. FAX: 304-845-6912. Other libraries may reach specific departments or services via information through WVLN or the West Virginia Library Commission.