Update: Details of Phased Reopening


We’re excited to say that our regional libraries are working together to implement a coordinated, phased reopening plan! This plan is guided by a deep concern for the health and safety of our communities, from our employees to the vulnerable populations we serve.

Along with other area libraries, your Library plans to begin a curbside pickup system on Monday, June 1. The details of this curbside service will be released in the near future.

Beginning Monday, May 18, we’ll begin accepting returns at our outside material dropbox. To help make our reopening process as efficient as possible, we ask that you please cancel items you’ve placed holds on but no longer want. This can be done by logging into your online account anytime or by calling (423) 434-4450 beginning May 18. Unfortunately, we can’t accept donations of books and media items until further notice.

As the coronavirus situation continues to evolve, stay updated on your Library’s plans and continue to access our digital resources by visiting our website and following Johnson City Public Library on Facebook and Instagram. Email Library Director Julia Turpin or click here to submit further questions.


Following guidance from the White House coronavirus task force, Johnson City Public Library closed on Wednesday, March 18 until further notice. This closure includes the cancelation of all events occurring at the Library. We are taking this step to ensure the health and safety of our users and employees.

Don’t worry about returning items during this time, even if they are overdue; the due dates of library materials you currently have will be extended through the closure period and there won’t be any late fees. Any holds you have placed will be ready for pick up after we reopen. We aren’t able to accept donations of books and media while we’re closed.

During this time, we will use our website and Facebook and Instagram accounts to share information with you, including tips for making the most of online library resources and updates on our closure. You can also contact us here or via direct message on Facebook and Instagram.

We do not take the decision to close lightly. Interrupting our mission is something we do only out of concern for the health and wellbeing of our community. Please stay safe, monitor your health, and follow guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Check the Tennessee Department of Health and the City of Johnson City websites for local updates.

We look forward to seeing you again when we reopen!

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