McDowell County Public Library

Research Resources


The McDowell County Public Library encourages and supports our community’s curiosity and imagination by providing a rich variety of resources.

Genealogy & Local History

Visit our Genealogy page to view the variety of print resources located in the Abe Simmons Genealogy Room and online ancestral research databases.

NC Live Database

NC LIVE offers free electronic access to resources on topics ranging from careers, business, and investing, to health, history, and genealogy.

Not sure where to start?  Try researching NC Live’s Databases by Topic.

Chilton Auto Repair Library

Includes repair manuals of automobiles from 1940 to 2016.  Access the database from any internet-enabled device.

Gale LegalForms

Authentic fill-in-the-blank legal forms—national and state-specific.

Newsbank-McDowell News

Find articles from our local newspaper, the McDowell News. Covers 2007 to the current issue.

NC Cardinal

Through our online catalog you can find a wide selection of titles; our collection includes 5.1 million and is growing.  If the topic your’re researching isn’t carried by any library in NC Cardinal, please fill out our Contact Form.  We always appreciate feedback from our patrons.

 e-iNC Library

Available through OverDrive, you can now download over 12,000 materials to your internet-enabled device with your library card.  While boasting a large fiction collection, you can also find cookbooks, memoirs, study guides, and the latest medical titles here as well.  Items return themselves, so you’ll never have a late fee.

  • 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