My library account

Sign in to your account to place holds, renew items and create lists.

Sign in to my library account

Your account number can be found on the back of your library card. Enter your number without any of the spaces. Call (865) 215-8750 if you need assistance with your account.

About your library card

How do I get a library card?

Complete a library card application and bring it to Lawson McGhee Library or any branch library with name and address verification.

Do library cards expire?

Library cards do have an expiration date. If you receive a message that your card is expiring soon or has expired, contact us at 865-215-8750 or visit us at any of our locations. We will need your library card number to update your account.

(Patrons that receive email notifications will receive a notice by email 30 days before the expiration of the library card. There is no other method of notification prior to expiration.)

If you have an Out-of-county card, you may send a check for the $40.00 annual Out-of-county fee—along with your library card number—to:

Lawson McGhee Library
ATTN: Circulation Department
500 W. Church Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37902

What is a PIN?

The PIN (personal identification number) is your password to keep your library account secure. You can get a PIN by bringing your library card to the Lawson McGhee Library or a branch library (excluding McClung), or you can call 215-8750 to get a PIN over the phone. Have your library card number available.

How do I reset my PIN?

Use the "I forgot my PIN" link in the library catalog underneath the sign in button in the upper right corner. If you have set an email address in your library account, you will receive PIN reset link in an email message. If you do not receive the email, please call 865-215-8750. You will be asked several questions to verify your identity before we can make an account change.

The PIN reset will take effect for OverDrive sign-in and for database access. It will have no effect on personal accounts with third-party services such as Zinio, Career Transitions, PowerSpeak Languages, and Learning Express Library.

How long may I keep items I check out?

Most items are loaned for 21 days. Videotapes, DVDs, Playaways and Launchpads are loaned for 7 days. 

How do I renew items I have checked out?

Items may be renewed three times except for materials on hold. It is not necessary to bring materials in for renewal.

You can request renewals by telephone during open library hours. Due to state confidentiality laws, you must provide your library card number for service by telephone.

To renew items online:

  1. sign in to your account
  2. click Review My Account
  3. use the checkboxes to select items
  4. click Renew Selected Items below the list

What am I charged for overdue items?

That depends on the format and how long they've been overdue.

Can I pay my fine with a credit card?

VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express cards are accepted, but not gift cards. A 2.5% fee will be charged by the electronic processing company for each transaction; this fee does not go to the library or Knox County.

Payments using credit/debit cards will not be accepted over the phone. Payments must be made in person.

Can I get library notices by email, or change my email address?

Yes, you can request email notices or change your email address in your online account. You can also call a library and request the change; have your library card number handy.

For notices from one of our partner services (such as OverDrive for ebooks), you'll need to sign in to the partner site to change your email address.

Must I return items to the same place I borrowed them?

All material may be returned to any Knox County Public Library location. Bookdrops are available for after hour returns, but some non-book items should not be returned via bookdrop because they may be damaged.