Magnolia Public Library

Branch Info

Branch Librarian 
Edythe Lensing
Hours of Operation:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday  11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Magnolia Public Library
230 S. Cherry Street
Magnolia, MS 39652
Phone/Fax: 601-783-6565


Curb service for book checkouts are

Monday - Friday from 11:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Call Ms. Edythe at the number listed above to order books (limit 10) or DVDs (limit 2) to checkout and you may come by to pick up. Please be sure to call her when you arrive and your order will be brought to the door.

Reservations may be made for computer use.

Call Edythe for details.

Thank you for your patience,

PAW Library System

About Us

Magnolia Library began in the height of the Depression in 1988 with WPA funds. Miss Annie Sparkman, assisted by Mrs. Mayme Simmons, was the first librarian at the Community Center location. She was paid in commodities initially. Later, she was paid $35 per month, a good salary in those days. In 1934, a room was provided in the Magnolia City Hall. Mrs Ester Carman became the librarian and the city took the responsibility to pay her salary, which was still $35 per month. A group of interested citizens spearheaded a drive for donations and purchased some of the best sellers of the day. They used a rent shelf for these books. As soon as the rentals paid for the books, they were able to buy more. In 1964 the library became part of the Pike-Amite Library System and Mrs. Annie S. Allen was the librarian, followed by Mrs. E.O. Smith. The present library on South Cherry Street was dedicated September 7, 1975. Mrs. George S. Lansing served as librarian at that time.

The present day librarian is Ms. Edythe Lensing.

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