Marshall Public Library, Pocatello, ID
Marshall Public Library, Pocatello, Idaho
113 South Garfield Ave.
Pocatello, Idaho 83204
(208) 232.1263

Other Information:

Reading & Riding Pass

Library on Radio
and Television

Xeriscape Garden

Cell Phones
for Soldiers

Meeting Room Use

Tours of the Library

Friends of the MPL


Art in the Library


xeriscape garden at the Marshall Public Library

Library and City Employees install the Library's drought tolerant Xeriscape Garden in 2007

cell phones for soldiers


Other Important Info

Reading & Riding Pass

The Marshall Public Library is pleased to announce the return of the Reading and Riding Pass. Individuals age 18 and younger and those 60 and older with a valid library card can ride the bus to and from the Library for free.

The program was designed to assist children and seniors who may find it difficult to get to the library otherwise. The program is a collaboration of the Pocatello Regional Transit (PRT) and the Marshall Public Library.


Every month Pocatello’s Marshall Public Library produces shows for local radio and television stations. Citizens are invited to tune in to hear the latest about what the Library has to offer.

While You’re @ the Library features book reviews, information about programs and displays, and interviews with special guests. The Library also hosts a television show for children called Once Upon a Time at the Marshall Public Library. Each month the children’s librarians read and tell stories, sing songs, and introduce children of all ages to wonderful tales.

Both shows air several times each month on Government Access Television, Channel 11. For broadcast times you can call the City’s Video Services Department at 234-6280 or visit their website.

Additionally, Chapter One is a collaboration between the Library and Idaho State University. You can listen to the archived podcasts of the show.

Xeriscape Garden at Library Park

In 2007 a waterwise garden was installed in the park adjacent to the library. All the grasses, trees, and other plants in the park are drought tolerant. Come see how to have a beautiful landscape while saving water.

Download brochure: Drought Tolerant Grasses for Your Landscape

Cell Phones for Soldiers needs your old cell phones

All donated phones are sent to ReCellular, which pays Cell Phones for Soldiers for each donated phone – enough to provide an hour of talk time to soldiers abroad.  Approximately half of the phones ReCellular processes are reconditioned and resold to wholesale companies in over 40 countries around the world. Phones and components that cannot be refurbished are dismantled and recycled to reclaim materials, including:

  • Gold, silver and platinum from circuit boards
  • Copper wiring from phone chargers
  • Nickel, iron, cadmium and lead from battery packs
  • Plastic from phone cases and accessories

Drop off box is located at the Marshall Public Library.

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Meeting Room Use

The Library Meeting rooms are available for public use. Please review the Meeting Room Use Policy, then call the library to schedule the room.

Tours of the Library

Tours of the Library are offered to any individual or group. Different tours are available depending on the age and interests of the group. Please select the type of tour that will be of interest to your group and schedule a time with the library tour coordinator. All tours must be scheduled in advance. The Library is a busy place and we want to be sure there is space and help for everyone to work and study. We also expect the adults who come with each group to maintain control of the group at all times while visiting the Library. Contact: Kathryn Poulter or by phone 232-1263 ext. 109 to schedule any of the following tours:

  1. General Tour will explore the resources of the children's collection, the young adult collection and the adult collection. If you have an area of interest, please let us know and it will be highlighted during the tour. Time: varies from 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  2. Grade school field trips with storytime and/or movie. This is a general tour of the areas of interest to the specific age group. Special attention will be given to what the library has to offer, how to get a library card, and where materials are found. We suggest you bring adult helpers with you to assist your students in finding their information. The adult helpers should understand what will be expected of them and how they can best help the students. Time: the tour is 30 minutes; allow 15 minutes of browsing time for kindergarten age and 30 minutes browsing time for 1st - 6th grades.
  3. Reference tour will explore the resources available for research skills, including using the computerized card catalog, the non-fiction collection, the reference collection, the Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature and the internet. Time: varies from 30 minutes to 2 hours

Friends of the Marshall Public Library

The Friends of the Marshall Public Library is a non-profit volunteer group that believes in the importance of books and cultural activities for people of all ages. Its primary goal is to enrich the educational and financial resources of the Marshall Public Library through volunteer participation. Since August 1995, The Friends of Marshall Public Library have conducted book sales, donated books to several local service organizations, purchased story hour decorations, two outside bookdrops, strollers for library patron usage, and provided matching grant money for a story hour book collection. Past expenditures made possible by the Friends include the Toddler Computer and workstations in the computer area, various displays, reference and children's materials, summer reading program assistance, visiting author lectors, books for discussion groups, and many, many more extras. Board Members:

  • Eliza Schmidt,  Tracy Van Dyke - Co Presidents
  • Linda Davis - Vice President
  • Virginia Kelly - Treasurer
  • Linda Christensen- Secretary
  • Tami Comstock - Advertising

(Members at large): Chris Tatham,  Audrey Webster, Kristine Hunt, Karen Mackay, Clay Smith, and Pat Ringe.

Membership in the Friends of the Marshall Public Library enables the Library to purchase supplies and equipment and participate in events that fall outside the regular Library budget. Moreover, your membership entitles you to participate in the behind the scenes work of our semi-annual book sales.

Annual Membership Levels:

  • Individual $5.00
  • Family $10.00
  • Senior $3.00
  • Sponsor $50.00
  • Patron $100.00
  • Corporation $500.00

Interested in joining the Friends of Marshall Public? Ask at the Circulation desk!

Volunteering at the Library

Interested in volunteering here at Marshall Public Library? The first step is filling out our Volunteer Application so that we can find the best opportunity for you. You can print your application and return it in person at the library or email a completed form to us at! You can also browse some of our current volunteer needs at

We currently do not have a program for court mandated community service.

Art in the Library

A visit to Pocatello’s Marshall Public Library will reveal artwork in nearly every room and on nearly every wall. Our collection includes photography, drawings, paintings, sculpture, and prints from local, national, and international artists. The Pocatello Arts Council has generously provided a wonderful selection of original artwork and photography on permanent loan to the library which is displayed throughout the building. The Library is dedicated to providing an outlet for the display of art in the community.

Download the Self Guided Art Tour Brochure (pdf, 4 pages)