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Fort Loudoun Regional Library


This Web site is designed to be a "resource center" for the librarians and library trustees of the Fort Loudoun Region.  All other visitors are also welcome, as this Web site will familiarize visitors with the services and programs of the Tennessee Regional Library System.

Our Vision and Mission

The vision of the Fort Loudoun Regional Library, and its counterpart regional libraries across the state of Tennessee, is that the citizens of Tennessee will have the information they need for personal growth and development.

The mission of the Fort Loudoun Regional Library is to provide supplementary library materials for the citizens of the region; to provide library services to people who do not have access to such services; to assist local government to develop and expand library services; to train local library staff and trustees; and to serve as a link between the state library and local public libraries.

Agency Profile

The Fort Loudoun Regional Library is a support service agency of the Tennessee State Library and Archives, Tennessee Department of State.  The regional library center is one of twelve multi-county regional library centers across the state, combining their efforts as the Tennessee Regional Library System.  

The Fort Loudoun Regional Library is located in Athens, Tennessee, providing a central location to the counties it serves: Blount, Bradley, Loudon, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Polk, Rhea and Roane.

The Fort Loudoun Regional Library provides a wide range of services to its 27 member public libraries, including leadership and guidance, materials support, outreach services, technology support, and training.

The Fort Loudoun Regional Library celebrates its 66th year of service to the East Tennessee library community in 2005.

The history of this region goes back as far as 1939, with the establishment of library service by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and the Tennessee Department of Education to the families of the workers building the Watts Bar Dam.   The Fort Loudoun Regional Library Board of Trustees, officially organized by the state in July, 1955, acts as an advisory board to oversee the programs and services of the Fort Loudoun Regional Library Center. 

The Fort Loudoun Regional Library Center acts as a service link between the Tennessee State Library and Archives (Tennessee Department of State) and the library boards and public libraries in its nine-county service area.  The regional library coordinates local library services and provides certain services to the public and to the member libraries.

Since the beginning, it has been our role to provide:

  • qualified personnel to consult with the member library boards and to provide technical advice and assistance to the local librarians
  • a large collection of library materials to supplement those owned by the local libraries
  • outreach service and delivery services to libraries and outreach stations of the region

The Fort Loudoun service area covers 3,489 square miles and has a population of 425,258 (2000 census).  The regional library presently serves twenty-seven public libraries and approximately 30 outreach service points.

A new era in regional library service began on 1 July 1999, when the regional library system was incorporated into the Tennessee Department of State, Tennessee State Library & Archives as official state agencies.  Prior to that time, the regional library boards were independent local governments, contracting with the Tennessee Department of State to provide service to the member libraries.