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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Summer Reading Begins! Summer reading begins for Youth Services Teens and Adults on June 1 ...


Bright Star Theatre presents "Happily Ever After" An hilarious rendition of some of the best from the Grimm Brothers ...


Comic Con Art Contest - Extended Submission Deadline Calling artists of all ages The Johnson City Public Library Comic Con ...


Comic Con! Join us for special guest speakers an art contest children s activities prizes ...


Library Closed for Independence Day The Johnson City Public Library is closed for the holiday Happy 4th ...

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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.

June Program Guide New!

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

Teen Summer Reading Program Kick-off

Teens are invited to attend the Avengers-themed kick-off program for the Johnson City Public Library’s Teen Summer Reading Program on Monday, June 1 from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. in the Jones Meeting Room. At this program, rising 6th-12th graders will learn how to register for Summer Reading, pick up a SRP information packet, and have the chance to win fabulous prizes! This will also be the first opportunity for teens to sign up for our later summer events like the heroes-themed book club and Guardians of the Galaxy party. There will also be plenty of Avengers crafts, snacks, and decorations! This program is free and open to the public and no registration is required. Call Youth Services at (423)-434-4458 for more information. The Teen Summer Reading program is sponsored by the Junior League of Johnson City, Tennessee, INC.

Library Closed for Memorial Day Holiday and Summer Schedule Begins

The Johnson City Public Library will be closed on Sunday, May 24 and Monday, May 25 in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday. The library will continue to be closed on Sundays for the duration of the summer. Summer hours are 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, and the library is closed on Sunday. For more information about library hours and services call 434-4450.

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 with the first letter capitalized (such as Johnson or Washington). 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

Comic-Con Art Contest

The Johnson City Public Library is holding an art contest as part of the 2015 Summer Reading Program. The contest is open to all ages. Art will be judged in two categories: children (12 & under) and teens/adults (13 & older). The contest is limited to one submission per person and submissions must be fandom-related comic or geek art. Submissions must be no larger than 12” x 12” with a thickness of no more than 2”. Bring submissions to the Youth Services Desk or Information Desks at the Johnson City Public Library from Friday, May 8 until Saturday, May 30. Top choices in both categories will be displayed in the library in June. Winners in each category will be announced at the JCPL Comic Con on Saturday, June 27. Artists may pick up their submissions at the library in the month of July. The library reserves the right to decline displaying anything deemed inappropriate for this family event. For questions, contact the Youth Services Department at (423)-434-4458 or the Reference Department at (423) 434-4454.

Friends of the Library Spring 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.