Citizens of Knox County consistently rank the Knox County Public Library (KCPL) at the top of its best government services, and for good reason. The central library in downtown Knoxville, TN (Lawson McGhee) is the hub of the library’s collection of over a million pieces. Patrons can browse the shelves in person or explore the collection online and request that items be brought to a nearby branch. The ever-expanding catalogue includes online databases and e-books as well as print materials, film, video and recorded books.
For many of us, one of the seventeen branches is the neighborhood community center. Each is managed by professional librarians who know frequent visitors by name. The branch libraries provide meeting space for community groups and events, bring storytimes and programs to our children, and provide the technology needed to access the internet.
Finally, the Knox County Archives, the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound (TAMIS), and the McClung Collection house a wealth of local and regional resources. Trained archivists and librarians are available to assist professional researchers, history buffs and genealogists alike.