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Library Receives Weyerhaeuser Donation

Monday, November 23, 2020 9:31 AM | Hali Black (Administrator)

The Columbia-Marion County Public Library is pleased to be a recipient of a Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund donation.


Weyerhaeuser, an American timberland company which owns over 12,000,000 acres of timberlands in the U.S., made its first charitable donation in 1903 and has provided more than $239 million in grants through its formal giving program, established in 1948. Foundation giving is limited to areas where they have a significant presence, including communities where they have operations and/or where they own or manage forestlands in the United States and Canada. Weyerhaeuser’s Mississippi operating locations are in Bruce, Columbus, McComb, and Philadelphia, but they manage timber forestlands in Marion County. 


The Library at 900 Broad Street has been closed for construction since being damaged by a tornado that traveled through Columbia on December 16, 2019. Significant roof damage and accumulated overnight rain resulted in severe interior damage. “It is so gratifying to know that we have the support of not only our local government and citizens, but also the business and corporate community, in our efforts to return to providing Marion County with the library services that its citizens have deemed necessary and supported for over 100 years,” states Library Director, Ryda Worthy. Weyerhaeuser Funds will be used for construction projects not covered by the County’s insurance policy on the building. 


The Columbia-Marion County Public Library, part of the South Mississippi Regional Library system, provides resources and information for the educational and recreational needs of its customers. The Library has been housed at the Broad Street location since 1975, with the building, owned and maintained by Marion County, being dedicated on December 16, 1975. Funding necessary for all Library operating expenses is provided by both Marion County and the City of Columbia.


Submitted by: 
Ryda Worthy 
Library Director 
South Mississippi Regional Library 



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