Lawrence County Public Library
519 East Gaines Street (Hwy. 64)
Lawrenceburg, TN  38464
(931) 762-4627  Phone
(931) 766-1597  Fax
Email:  tnewton@usit.net
Teresa Newton, Director
Hours:
Mon, Thurs, Fri: 
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tue and Wed: 
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am - 2:30 pm

Loretto Branch Library
102 South Main Street
P. O. Box 338
Loretto, TN 38469
(931) 853-7323  Phone
(931) 853-7324  Fax
Email:  llibrary@lorettotel.net
Judy Henkel, Branch Library Asst.
Hours:
Tue: 
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wed and Thurs:
Noon - 6:00 p.m.
Fri:
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sat: 
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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The Lawrence County Public Library was established in 1941 by a group of interested citizens.  Since that time, it has continued to grow and change in order to meet the needs of the citizens of Lawrence County.

The main branch of the library system is located in Lawrenceburg.  We offer materials, services, and programs for every age group.  Regularly scheduled story hours are presented for preschool children.  A wide selection of books are available for students of all grade levels, and adult materials are collected in a variety of formats.  Besides the large number of books, both fiction and nonfiction, the library offers book cassettes, video cassettes, art prints, large type books, and a limited number of records.  A very popular part of our collection is the local history and genealogy section of the library.  Both local citizens and visitors from across the country take advantage of the materials available locally.  In cooperation with the Lawrence County Arts Commission, we display the works of a local artist in our conference room each month.  Other displays and collections are shared by local citizens in our main room.  We provide a very good information and referral service.  Each day, we answer many questions which range from a simple zip code or how to correctly spell a word to more complex research questions.  We have a photo copy machine and a microfilm reader/printer for the collection of local newspapers and government records on site.  The library subscribes to 8 newspapers and approximately 130 magazines.  We cooperate with other libraries across the state in an inter-library lan program.  Through this effort, we are able to borrow items for our patrons which we do not own or could not justify purchasing.  Each year, we are the local distribution center for IRS tax forms.   During the summer months, we present a reading program for students in grades K-3.

In 1989, a branch of our library was opened in the town of Loretto.  This facility is open 30 hours per week.  It offers most of the materials and services available at the main library, and has access to all materials in the system.

The library is currently in the beginning stages of an automation project.  By the end of the year, we hope to have the circulation part of the program online.  Later, we will add computer catalogs to replace the paper system now in use.  This will enable us to spend less time on the manual tasks we must perform and have more time to devote to helping patrons and planning and presenting programs for all ages.

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