Library Reopening updates & COVID-19 Resources
Browsing the Collection
Patrons are now allowed to make an appointment to browse the library collection, children’s area or DVDs for check-out at the Marion branch! These services are available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. These appointments can only be made the same day.
We are running at a 20 person capacity, so making an appointment will guarantee your spot. These appointments are for 30 minutes, but can be extended to an hour. One family unit is allowed in the children’s area at a time for 30 minutes.
We have self-checkout stations for patrons to check out their items. A library staff member will be available for this process.
Masks are required to enter the building. Masks are available at the Circulation Desk.
Computer Labs Reopening
Starting Monday, June 8th, the Marion Library and Old Fort Library will reopen the computer area to the public. We have seven stations available in Marion, and four stations in Old Fort.
To make sure we’re following CDC guidelines and doing our best to protect patrons and staff, computers will be available by appointment. Patrons can call the library and make their reservations for the current day only. We are limiting use to one-hour, but will extend the session for another hour depending on availability.
Again, to encourage social distancing, we are allowing only two people per computer station. Once you have arrived for scheduled time, you will need to call the library to be allowed in. No other areas will be open at this time.
To learn more, visit our how-to guide to sending your print requests to the library from anywhere.
All McDowell County Public Library buildings are currently offering curbside service!
WiFi is also available from either location and extends into the parking lot.
Resources Available from Anywhere
Note: To access these resources, you must have a library card, know your PIN, and your account must be in good standing.
Downloadable Books and Audio Books
Learning & Current Events
McDowell County COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Hotline
McDowell County Emergency Management has opened a non-emergency call center for questions concerning COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
The number for the COVID-19 Hotline is 828-559-9683. The current hours for the hotline are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The number is for non-emergency information for the public concerning the Coronavirus.
If you have an emergency, please call 911.
To access information and register for emergency childcare
throughout WNC visit: https://ymcawnc.org/emergency-childcare
North Carolina Resources:
NC Coronavirus Hotline for Citizen Questions: