JCPL is a member of OWL, the Organization of Watauga Libraries. All public libraries in Carter, Greene, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington counties share a common computerized catalog system. With this system, patrons can find and request books from any OWL library.

OWL Catalog

Event Calendar

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Rain Barrel Workshop Boone Watershed Partnership will offer a workshop at the Johnson City Public ...


Bristlebots On Tuesday October 13th from 4 00 p m 5 00 p m in the Jones ...


America's Only Constitutional War Stewart Harris Constitutional law professor at Appalachian School of Law and host ...


"Just for Fun" Book Club Children in 3rd 5th grades can sign up by Thursday September ...


Civil War Haversack Tipton Haynes Historical Site interpreter Wes Spurgeon will give a presentation on a ...

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  • JCPL Event Calendar

    Find out what is happening at the Johnson City Public Library. Search for events and activities by keyword, event type, age group, and presenter. Advanced calendar features can remind you about events you like by Email and let you share them on Facebook.

Johnson City Public Library Open on Sundays

From Labor Day to Memorial Day, regular library hours for the public are 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, and 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday. For more information about library hours and services, call 423-434-4450.

October Program Guide

November Program Guide

We have activities and events planned for all ages at your library! Click on the link to download our monthly program guide.

Friends of the Library Summer 2015 Newsletter

The newest Friends of the Library newsletter has been published! If you want to find out more about the Friends of the Library, click Support Us in the menu above and click on any Friends link.

What’s the Buzz: Connecting Downtown Johnson City and ETSU Upcoming Events

A series of workshops, seminars, and events will be offered in 2015 and 2016 made possible through the Green Development Grant Program sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, the Tennessee Department of Transportation, TVA, and the Tennessee Stormwater Association, and through community partnerships connecting East Tennessee State University, the Johnson City Public Library, and other local organizations. Some events will require registration. Call the JCPL at 423-434-4454 for more information and to register.
Rain Barrel Workshop
Saturday, October 10th, 10:00 p.m. – 12:00 p.m., JCPL Amphitheater. Registration required.
Earthworm Workshop
Saturday, October 17th, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., JCPL Amphitheater. Registration requested.

Lincoln at the Library

From September 4th through October 16th, the Johnson City Public Library will host an American Library Association national touring exhibit, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War.” Visit the exhibit page for more information and a list of upcoming special events to promote education and discussion.

New Landscaping Plan for the Johnson City Public Library

Change is coming to the landscape of the library. In partnership with East Tennessee State University, the library is the recipient of a Tennessee Stormwater Grant, and some of the new landscaping will be in connection with this grant project. Very soon, the hedges in front of the library will be removed, resulting in a different look for the library. Be assured that this is only the beginning of a larger plan and vision for the library’s grounds. Check back for more exciting details!

New Art Exhibit at the Library

Visit the Johnson City Public Library’s Galleria to view a new exhibit titled “37°N.” The exhibit features composite images that were captured in Johnson City and Suwon, South Korea, to illustrate the similarities and differences between the two towns both located along the 37th parallel north. The two photographers whose works are showcased are Laura Beth Davidson from northeast Tennessee and Jayne Cho, an Australian who lives in South Korea.

Using the OWL Catalog

We have assembled a useful page to help patrons adjust to the new catalog. Check it out!

Meet the New Library System

The OWL (Organization of Watauga Libraries) Consortium, consisting of Johnson City Public Library and nine other library systems in upper east Tennessee and Bristol, Virginia, has completed its migration to a new library system. Our system has a new domain name to bookmark and use:

During the migration, we transferred all of our library accounts, including their account information, current check outs, holds, fines, etc. You will login to your account using your library card number (such as 22488001234567) and your password (PIN). Your password will be your last name. If you experience any difficulties accessing your OWL account, please call us during regular hours at 423-434-4450.

Our system is by SirsiDynix, one of the leading library system vendors in the world. To this system, we will be adding new features and telling you about them in this space in the coming weeks. In the meantime, we invite you to explore your new catalog at