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Mark & Emily Turner Memorial Library

Mark & Emily Turner Memorial Library Facts

In 1874 a coalition of Presque Isle citizens formed the Presque Isle Library Association. It was some time until an actual library could be constructed in 1907. This library was the Carnegie Library. It was replaced by the Mark & Emily Turner Library in 1967.

The mission of the Mark & Emily Turner Memorial Library is to provide quality materials and services in a comfortable, open environment. We strive to enhance lifelong learning and personal growth while fostering a community connection.

During the earliest days of the Presque Isle Library Association the small collection of the time would rotate between stores in town. The store owner of whichever store the books were currently being housed in would double as the librarian while the collection was there. The primitive library saw temporary houses in the George Rowell drugstore, the Post Office, Laila Smith millinery store and Holmes' Jewelry Store.

In 1907 the town citizens voted for the construction of a library and on July 1, 1908 the Carnegie Library opened with a collection of 2,000 volumes. As the town's population grew it also became evident that a larger space would be needed to house the library. Following a donation from Mark Turner a newly expanded building opened as the Mark & Emily Turner Memorial Library in 1967.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Friday: 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.