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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Library Closed and Summer Hours Start The library s summer hours begin Memorial Day weekend and end Labor Day ...


Library Closed for Memorial Day The Johnson City Public Library will be closed Sunday May 24th and ...


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

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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.

May Program Guide

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

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.

Microsoft Word Class

Dr. Jim Pohle will introduce Microsoft Word 2013 on Wednesday, May 20 at noon in the library’s Computer Center. Microsoft Word 2013 is now installed on the library’s public computers. Participants will learn about the new look, features, and functionality of this popular word processing software.

Dr. Pohle, a college computer instructor and computer consultant for over 25 years is the author of Jim’s Guide to Windows 8 and 8.1, and other titles.

To learn more about these and other upcoming events, visit the library’s events calendar at, like the library’s Facebook page, or follow on Twitter @JCPublicLibrary. For more information call 423-434-4454.

Library to Close for Enhancement to Computer Based Services

The Johnson City Public Library will be closed for a major computer software upgrade on Monday, May 11, Tuesday, May 12, and Wednesday, May 13. The library will resume normal operating hours on Thursday, May 14.

The closing is to facilitate implementation of a new shared catalog system with member libraries of the Organization of Watauga Libraries. The new system will use Sirsi-Dynix Symphony and Enterprise software, world class solutions for providing enhanced library services to users at present and into the future.

For more information please call 423-434-4450.

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.