Since 1886, the people of Knox County have been fortunate to have an impressive collection of library resources.
Library Card - Knox County Public Library

As the oldest continuously operating public library in the state of Tennessee, we have a proud heritage. Today, the Knox County Public Library is pleased to offer more than one million books, periodicals, compact discs, films, audiobooks and downloadables through 19 locations across Knox County including one of the premier historical and genealogical collections in the Southeast.


Knox County Public Library: The essential connection for lifelong learning and  information for every citizen.


The mission of the Knox County Public Library is to serve all residents as an educational, informational, recreational and cultural center through a wide variety of resources, services and programs.

Director: Myretta Black

Governance: Department under Knox County Mayor; Advisory board

Budget: $14.51 million in 2019-20

Addendum to 2020 Annual Report

2020 Annual Report

2019 Annual Report

Logo for federal depository library programThis library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code)