The McClintic Library is home to the largest West Virginia and Appalachian collection of any small library in the state and has a Heritage Room with local historical materials and facilities for genealogical research, as well as a subscription to Ancestry.com. The Pocahontas Libraries have an extensive oral history archive and play a major role in the county’s veterans oral history project. They have also partnered with local filmmakers.
The McClintic Library in Marlinton is the headquarters of the Pocahontas County Free Libraries system. This library system serves the 9,000 residents of Pocahontas County through four libraries located strategically throughout the county’s 950-square miles of rugged Allegheny Mountain terrain in Durbin, Marlinton, Green Bank, and Hillsboro.
Special Collections housed at McClintic include:
- The West Virginia / Appalachian Collection – one of the premier collections of books, videos, music CDs, and periodicals in the state public libraries
- The Pearl S. Buck E Pluribus Unum Collection is being developed into a resource to celebrate the diversity of the human experience. Materials include resources: for teaching respect for cultural and racial differences; for developing civil discourse on controversial issues; for distinguishing compassionate religion from violent religion; for combating racism, anti-Semitism, hate ideologies, and violent bigotry.
- The Railroad and Logging Collection contains extensive materials, books, videos, and archival documents pertaining to the logging era that spawned a major railroad industry during the first half of the 20th Century in Pocahontas County and the surrounding region. People of all interest levels from children, casual interest, to experts will find this collection invaluable in learning about the logging and railroad influence that is still an influential part of our heritage. Both visitors and locals are welcome to use the collection. Some materials may be circulated, others must be viewed in the library. The collection is the collaboration of experts with the financial support of the Hollowell Foundation and Cass Scenic Railroad. Contributions are solicited to continue the expansion of this collection. In addition, a more general collection is being added to the Durbin Library.
- The Heritage Collection comprises books, archival documents, microfilm of the Pocahontas Times newspaper, census records, and other materials for research and study of Pocahontas County and the surrounding region. Sponsored by the Pocahontas County Historical Society, the collection is housed in the McClintic Library Heritage Room. Materials may not be removed from that room.
- The Horse Collection is a small collection of books and videos on horses and their care and enjoyment. Started as a perennial grant through Susan Davis of the District Conservation District. Materials for children and adults.
- The Quilting Collection is comprised of books and periodicals to meet the high interest in quilting in Pocahontas County. The Cranberry Piecemakers Quilt Guild has seeded the development of this collection with a generous grant. Books include how-to as well as children’s stories involving quilts. At this time the collection is housed in both Hillsboro and McClintic Libraries.
- Pocahontas Woods Furniture and Woodworking Collection is one of West Virginia’s premier collections of books on fine furniture making and woodworking. Pocahontas Woods Cooperative works with both beginning and experienced local woodworkers toward the goal of a cooperative building top quality furniture from the excellent hardwoods of this region.