Marrowbone Public Library District

The Marrowbone Public Library District is located in the Central Illinois Village of Bethany which is about 25 miles southeast of Decatur, Illinois, off Highway 121.

Upcoming Events and Ongoing Activities

Coffee Hour

Come join us every Thursday at 1:00 pm. Coffee is provided, as well as occasional confections.

Story Hour:

Story Hour begins September and goes through December. Story Hour resumes in January and goes until May. There is no pre-registration, you and your preschooler are welcome to simply show up on Fridays at 11AM. In case of holidays or inclement weather please call the library at 217-665-3014.

Story Hour is open to preschoolers age 3-5. Programming includes books, crafts and a snack.

Summer Reading Program:

We offer a six week summer reading program beginning in June.

Grove-Hill Community Room

The Grove-Hill Community Room is available for rent to Marrowbone Public Library District card holders.

Services Offered

  • Audiobooks
  • Blu-Ray Videos
  • Book Sale
  • Color Copying
  • Community Room
  • Community Sign
  • Computer Access
  • Console Video Games
    • Playstation 3
    • Wii
    • X-Box 360
  • Drinking Fountain
  • Dry Erase Board
  • DVD's
  • Easel
  • Family Reading Night (November)
  • Fax Machine
  • Folding Chairs
  • Genealogy
  • Handicapped Accessible Building
  • Handicapped Accessible Parking
  • Handicapped Accessible Restrooms
  • Inter-library Loans
  • Internet Access
  • Microfilm w/Reader & Printer
  • Music CD's
  • Notary
  • Overhead Projector
  • Paperback Trades
  • Paper Cutter
  • Printed Books
  • Projection Screen
  • Slide Projector
  • Story Hour
  • Summer Reading
  • Three Hole Punch
  • Voter Registration
  • Wheelchair
  • Wireless Access

Library System Affiliation: Illinois Heartland Library System

Illinois Heartland Library System was formed by the merger of Lewis and Clark, Lincoln Trails, Rolling Prairie and Shawnee library systems.

Illinois Heartland Library System is comprise of hundreds of libraries in central and southern Illinois and provides delivery, automation (online catalog software), and inter-library loan services.

Non-Resident Fee Program Information

In Illinois, people living outside the service area of a public library are considered non-residents. Non-residents are eligible to purchase a library card from a participating public library under certain conditions. Non-residents apply for a non-resident library card at the closest public library determined by the location of their residence. The public library in the school district of the non-resident's principal residence is determined to be the closest public library. A non-resident may claim a commonality of community interest to apply at a public library that is closer to their residence. Non-resident cards include reciprocal borrowing privileges. The sale of a library card to a non-resident is covered by the Illinois Statues, 75 ILDS 5/4-7(12) and 75 ILDS 16/30-55.60 specifically.

The Marrowbone Public Library Non-Resident Fee is $53.00.


The Marrowbone Public Library District has been given the honor of hosting the Bethany High School and Okaw Valley High School yearbooks in digital format. Click the year you wish to look at in order to begin.
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