Friends of the Marshall-Lyon County Library

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Book Sales

An ongoing used book sale is available in the Friends' Bookstore and the entryway of the Marshall Library. A small selection of books is also available for purchase at the Balaton and Cottonwood Libraries.

The Friends hold special sales throughout the year for special events such as holidays or Marshall Crazy Days in June. Two large book sales take place in March or April and in August during Marshall Sounds of Summer.

Book Bags

Friends book bags and book gift bags are now available for purchase. Buy a Friends of the Library canvas bag for $15 or, as a special holiday treat, try a bag filled with themed books and goodies.

Join the Friends of the Library!

Be proud to say you are a member of a non-profit organization which uses the money from annual dues and book sales to enable the library to provide additional programs and services.

  • As a member you have the opportunity to: serve as on officer, help with the Book Store and book sales, help at programs held at the library, write newsletters…
  • Attend Meetings
  • Receive Newsletters
  • Enjoy special perks like early book sale access and special thank-you events

Printed copies can be picked up at the Marshall-Lyon County Library. Please return completed forms to the Marshall, Balaton, or Cottonwood Library.

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Contact the Friends at

Accepting Donations of Books & Other Materials

Donations of books and other media in good condition can be placed in the red wagon in the lobby of the Marshall Library. Donated materials may be added to the library or sold to sponsor programs and provide supplies & equipment for the library.

Please do not leave:

  • medical or legal books
  • encyclopedia sets
  • textbooks
  • VHS tapes
  • cassette tapes
  • moldy, mildewed, or mouse-chewed items*

*These can cause health issues and spread to other materials. These items should be placed in your trash.

Encyclopedia sets, textbooks, medical books, legal books, or damaged books without mold/mildew/contaminants can be recycled through Advance Opportunities in Marshall.

If you would like to make a large donation, please call ahead.