McDowell County Public Library

About Us

The McDowell County Public Library is a department within McDowell County Government.  We currently have two library locations that serve the county, one in the city of Marion and the other in the town of Old Fort.  Please visit our History page if you would like to learn how the library was formed.

Library Director: Marlan Brinkley, Jr.

Our Mission:

Our libraries will provide free access to ideas, information, and enrichment, and will serve the informational, cultural, educational, and recreational needs of our community.

Our Pledge:

To accomplish our mission in a courteous, efficient, and fiscally responsible manner; to promote literacy, learning, and enrichment without bias; to provide a broad range of resources responsive to the changing needs of our community; to provide a safe and pleasant environment; and to provide a knowledgeable, committed, and caring staff.

Joining the Library

Your first step is to get a library card.  With your card, you will have access to over 5.1 million free books, movies, music, and audio books through NC Cardinal. Your card also grants you access to McDowell County Public Library’s downloadable books and audio books.

Check Out Materials

You can check out up to 99 items in total. Please review our check out policy to see which items you can check out and for how long.


Other services include:

Scanning and Emailing Documents



$1.00 per page for long distance
.50 cents per page for local numbers.

Fax numbers 
Marion Library: 828-652-2098
Old Fort Library:828-668-4013

Internet Access

Free wi-fi and computer stations are available for (2) one hour sessions.


.25 cents per page.


.25 cents per page.

Meeting Rooms are available at both libraries for use by cultural, civic, or community organizations.

  • Hours

    Marion Library

    Mon, Wed, Fri: 10-5:30
    Tue, Thu: 10-7
    Saturday: 11-5
    Sunday: Closed
    Holiday Hours

    Old Fort Library

    Monday: Closed
    Tues: 10-7
    Wed, Fri: 10-5:30
    Thursday: 10-7
    Saturday: 11-5
    Sunday: Closed
    Holiday Hours

  • Get in touch

    Marion Library

    Phone 828-652-3858
    Fax 828-652-2098

    Old Fort Library

    Phone 828-668-7111
    Fax 828-668-4013

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  • Find us

    Marion Library

    90 W Court St
    Marion, NC 28752

    Old Fort Library

    65 E Mitchell St
    Old Fort, NC 28762