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.

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Event Calendar

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Makerspace: Adult Coloring The Johnson City Public Library will host a Makerspace event on Thursday ...


Candy Sushi Making 6th 12th graders can come learn how to make sushi out of your ...


What's the Buzz: Storm Water Management to Control Flooding The Johnson City Public Library will host a panel discussion titled Stormwater Management to ...


Teen Comic Club - Sailor Moon Hang out and talk about comics manga and graphic novels with other ...


Music Morning Caregivers and their little ones are invited to join us for an ...

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Coaching for Literacy

The Johnson City Public Library, in partnership with East Tennessee State University, have developed a new program, Coaching for Literacy, to fight for literacy and help kids in Johnson City. Click here to learn more and to donate or sign up for your chance to win two tickets to an ETSU basketball game and to experience what it would be like to be an assistant coach with the Buccaneers!

February 2016 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 Winter 2015-2016 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.

Inclement Weather Schedule Changes

Call our automated phone system at 423-434-4450 (option 7) or visit our Facebook page for information about inclement weather schedule changes.

An Evening with Rick Darke

“An Evening with Rick Darke and Amy Fahmy” will benefit the development of the pollination gardens at the Johnson City Public Library. Wine and hors d’oeuvres are included in ticket price. The event will be Monday, March 21, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM at the Carnegie Hotel, 1216 West State of Franklin Road, Johnson City, Tennessee.

Mobile Hotspots Available at the Library

Starting on Monday January 11, patrons of the Johnson City Public Library will be able to check out a mobile hotspot device. The availability of these wireless internet devices will allow those without regular internet access the ability to connect their devices to the internet and conduct their business at the time and location of their choosing.

The hotspots can be used at home or on the road, anywhere the Verizon wireless network has coverage. Patrons can check out the device for between two and fourteen days. There is a cost of two dollars per day to cover the expenses of operating the hotspot. For more details please call the circulation desk at 434-4477.

Statement on Freegal and R.E.A.D.S

After careful consideration, the library is making a major collection change for 2016. Due to a finite level of resources, we have made a difficult choice. The library will be retiring its Freegal Music Service account in order to meet a growing demand for e-books and downloadable audio books available through R.E.A.D.S. (Regional eBook & Audiobook Download System).

Paving Our Future Together: 120 Years of Service Engraved Brick Fundraiser

In honor of our 120 years of service to the community, Johnson City Public Library is offering to the public a unique opportunity to show their support on a commemorative brick. Individuals, families, groups and organizations and teams can show their pride in their local library by purchasing a brick. A commemorative brick is a wonderful way to honor someone or to create a lasting memorial. Commemorative bricks also make a unique gift for a birthday or other special occasion. Bricks will be placed on the front steps of the library on each of two landings.

Help Our Garden Grow: Pollinator Garden Fundraiser

New landscaping is coming to the front of our library! To address storm water runoff in downtown Johnson City, the Johnson City Public Library has begun work on a new landscaping plan that includes the installation of a new storm water infiltration system to capture rainfall from the library’s roof. The library is also creating garden beds with amended soils and native plants to support butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. The planned pollinator meadow will feature grasses and flowering plants such as lavender, columbine, butterfly weed, and hydrangeas. Library patrons can support this project by sponsoring plants or donating towards the landscaping project as a whole. A display in the library’s galleria provides more information about the garden and how patrons can donate.

2016 Election Resources

Campaigning for the 2016 election has begun! Learn how to register to vote, where and when to vote, and find websites to help you research the candidates on our 2016 Election page.

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