McDowell County Public Library

Library Updates Free online help for students!

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Need homework help?  We’ve got you covered!

The McDowell County Public Library is excited to announce that we now offer free academic resources and online tutoring from!

To get started, go to

Patrons have two ways they can access

1. StudentAccess– Students can use their Student ID as the barcode and the last 4 numbers of their ID as the password.

2. Library Card– Anyone with a McDowell County Library Card can get access by entering the library card # as the barcode and their PIN as the password.


All students in grades K-12 with a library card can use the service to get help with homework, class projects, papers—even test prep! We would love to help your students be better prepared for class each day by providing one-to-one assistance when they need it most: on-demand at homework time. helps you help your students by:

1. Providing Personalized, On-Demand Student Support
Every session is one-to-one between tutor and student. There is no appointment needed and they can access the service from home. Your students get help with their own specific questions or assignments—right when they need it.

2. Extending the Learning Day
When the bell rings at the end of the day, learning does not have to stop. Our tutors are available to help your students when they are struggling with homework after school and on the weekends. Tutors are available to them all week from 2 p.m.- 10 p.m. Tutors who speak Spanish are available all week from 3 p.m.- 10 p.m.

3. Engaging the Student One-to-One is committed to student learning. Their highly vetted expert tutors will never simply provide homework answers to your students, but instead guide them to find the answer on their own.

4. Impacting Student Achievement
95% of students who use say it helps them complete their homework and improve their grades. Students come to class more prepared and ready to learn!

5. Building Confident Learners
Students also report that helps them feel more confident in their schoolwork.
Tutoring is available in all core K-12 subjects – math, science, English, social studies and writing, including AP-level assistance. Students can access live, online tutoring from any Internet-capable device through

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Storytime & Crafts for Kids

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Upcoming September Events

This September, we’re bringing the library to you!


Join us for storytime at either the Marion Tailgate Market or at the Mountain Gateway Museum.

September 14: Story Time and Craft for Little Hands at the Historic Tailgate Market @ 10:30

September 15: Story Time and Craft for Little Hands at the Mountain Gateway Museum @ 10:30

September 21: Story Time at the Historic Tailgate Market @ 10:30

September 22: Story Time at the Mountain Gateway Museum @ 10:30

September 28: Story Time at the Historic Tailgate Market @ 10:30


Our thanks to the City of Marion and the Mountain Gateway Museum for being such supportive partners!


Take-and-Make Kits for Kids and Teens

Stop by our libraries to pick up a take-and-make kit.  Each kit includes all of the supplies for a simple project families can do together. 

September 14: Take and Make pick-up for Elementary children-Kandinsky Trees

                         Take and Make pick-up for Teens- Duct Tape Pencil Pouches


September 15: Take and Make pick-up for Elementary children-Kandinsky Trees

                         Take and Make pick-up for Teens- Duct Tape Pencil Pouches


Virtual Programs

We’re bringing our programs to you!  Join us from anywhere and on your schedule.

September 19: Virtual Story Time For National Talk Like a Pirate Day (and I have attached instructions for this craft)

September 24: Virtual Science Experiment- Making Oobleck

Have a question about a program posted?  Call us at either 828-652-3858 for Marion or 828-668-7111 for Old Fort.
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Library Reopening updates & COVID-19 Resources

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Adjusted Services and Planning Your Visit

Due to COVID-19 the McDowell County Public Library System has adjusted some of the services it offers.  Service times vary by location, so please call ahead whenever possible.

For the protection of library visitors and staff, we ask anyone coming into the library to wear a face covering.  If you are unable to wear one, we are able to accommodate you by providing curbside assistance.  If you forgot to bring one, we can provide you with a free mask.

Quick Links:

Work & Study Table

Browsing the Collection

Computer Labs & Printing

Available Library Resources

COVID-19 Resources

Work & Study Table

To assist students and patrons who are working remotely, the library is providing a work and study space by appointment.  The appointments are for one hour, but can be extended to an additional hour depending on availability.


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 and Old Fort Libraries during select days of the week.  Each location also has a maximum capacity for visitors.

Marion Library: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. 20 person capacity.

Old Fort Library: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. 10 person capacity

These appointments can only be made the same day.

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.



Computer Labs Reopening

We have seven stations available in Marion, and four stations in Old Fort.  The computer labs are available during our normal operating hours.

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.  


Remote Printing Available

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


RB Digital

Streaming Movies

Films on Demands

Learning & Current Events


Local Resources:

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 or 527-6687. 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.

Childcare Resources

To access information and register for emergency childcare
throughout WNC visit:

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  • 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