615 Fifth Street
Marietta, OH 45750
Service Desk - x200
Youth Services Desk - x219
The Marietta Public Library is the only library in the United States built atop an Indian mound. Opened in 1918 it was funded in large part by Andrew Carnegie. Though the library has been remodeled over the years, it still retains the rich oak interior it had when first built. Originally built with only one floor and a basement, it was expanded to two floors with a mezzanine between them in 1991. An elevator was also added at that time. A second renovation of the library was completed in early 2015 which included new flooring and wall coverings, moving the collections to different floors, and combining the Information and Circulation Departments into one Public Service Department. The Youth Services department is located in the basement, fiction, audiovisual materials, and the public service desk are on the first floor, and non-fiction and periodicals are located on the mezzanine. The second floor of the library houses the administrative offices for the Washington County Public Library system. Parking is available along the street in front of the library or in the parking lot beside the Marietta Library Annex located at 617 Fifth Street (a yellow house by the alley next to the library). The elevator is accessible from the basement entrance on the south side of the library (by the playground).
The Marietta Library serves as the anchor for the Washington County Public Library system with a collection of over 120,000 items. As with all Washington County Public Libraries, the Marietta Library also has public access computers with printing capabilities, free wi-fi, a photocopy machine, and offers fax service. The library also has a video phone, a book magnifier, and scanners available for public use. There is a meeting room in the basement that the public may use.
The Marietta Library offers a variety of programs for both children and adults. In addition to regularly scheduled programs, the library also offers special programs throughout the year highlighted by the Summer Reading Program. Check the Event Calendar to see what programs are currently being offered.
Signups for the Summer Reading Program for Children, Teens, and Adults have started. Children up to age 12, register for summer reading in the Youth Services Department in the basement. Teens and Adults, register for summer reading at the service desk on the first floor.