The Library is located on the corner of E and Sycamore Streets in downtown Elizabethton at 201 North Sycamore Street. We are in the former Post Office Building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings.
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Library Collection: Books for all ages, large print books, reference materials, videocassettes and DVDs, audiobooks, magazines, newspapers, local history materials, genealogy materials, study guides.
Courier and Interlibrary Loan: If our library does not own a book that you would like to read, we will attempt to borrow it for you from another library. There is no charge for borrowing books from another library in the Northeast Tennessee Library Network (those listed in our shared online catalog), but there is a charge for borrowing books from a library outside of this network. New books, reference books, books in high demand, audios, and videos are not available for either courier or interlibrary loan.
Children's Services: Storytime for preschoolers, Story Club for elementary-age children, Summer Reading Program.
Local History and Genealogy: History and genealogy materials, volunteers one evening a month to assist with local history and genealogical research.
Other Library Services: Public internet access, copy machine, microfilm reader/printer.
Purpose and Funding
The Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library actively collects and maintains a wide variety of popular materials of current interest to encourage reading and provide information and recreation for people of all ages. Special emphasis is placed on making reading an enjoyable activity for young children, motivating them to develop intellectual curiosity and a lifelong interest in learning. The library collection contains a broad base of general knowledge to provide the community with needed information and assist people in reaching their life goals, supporting and encouraging individual learners in their pursuit of independent interests.
The Library is a department of the City of Elizabethton and serves all of Carter County. Funding comes primarily from the City of Elizabethton, with a contribution from Carter County. Friends of the Library, memorial gifts and other donations provide funding for special projects and other needs that aren't included in the library's operating budget.
The Elizabethton Public Library was established in 1929 by the Business & Professional Women's Club and was housed in several temporary locations until 1949, when the B&PW Club built a new library building and deeded it to the City of Elizabethton for operation. For the next forty-two years the library occupied the building at 212 North Sycamore Street while the collection grew from 2,500 to over 30,000 books. In 1992, the library converted the former Post Office Building in downtown Elizabethton and moved into our present location at 201 North Sycamore Street.
(Fiscal Year: 7/1/2008 - 6/30/2009)
- 137,650 books and other library materials were checked out
- 5,190 books, videos, books-on-tape, and other library materials were added to the collection, bringing the total collection size to 55,573.
- Storytime for children is held twice weekly for preschoolers and weekly for elementary-aged children. Including storytime and special programs, a total of 136 programs were presented, with a total attendance of 5,080.
- A Summer Reading program is provided for preschoolers and school-aged children. Over 400 children earned reading achievement certificates during the 2008 program.
- In addition to Storytime, Story Club, and other library programs, the Nelson Community Meeting Room is available for use by non-profit community civic, educational, and cultural groups. This room was used by 65 groups during the past year and use is continuing to increase.
- The library continues to participate in the Northeast Tennessee Library Network, providing the community with Internet access to the library catalog and access to a collection of nearly two million items. Participation in this network was funded primarily by the City of Elizabethton, with support from the Friends of the Library, the Woman’s Civic Club, and private contributions. The Watauga Regional Library maintains the telecommunications network and provides the Internet access and technical support required for the automation system to function.
- 13 computers are provided for the community to use to conduct research on the Internet and to compose reports, resumes, and other documents. Over 21,000 people used these computers at the library during FY 2009-10.
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