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Crystal Nash, Library Director

Library Director
15 Kyle Avenue
Hohenwald, TN  38462
(931) 796-5365
Tuesday & Wednesday:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Holidays
Amy Henderson, Assistant
Mary Kay Sloan, Aide
Brenda Mash, Aide

Fast Library Facts
We have terrific resources for the Lewis County community!

  • 29,365 Books
  • 341 Audio materials
  • 222 Video materials
  • 80,996 digital audio books and
    e-books through R.E.A.D.S.
Library Board
Glena Sikes, Chair
Chris Dyer
Barbara Hinson
Jill Ford
Paul Jones
Ann Strickland
Joan Talley, Regional Board Rep
Patsy Griner, Regional Board Rep

Brief History

The Lewis County Public Library was established by the Lewis County Quarterly Court on July 9, 1951.  At that time, $150 was appropriated to be used for participation in the Blue Grass Regional Library System.  The Library first opened to the public on Friday, September 14, 1951 and was located on the ground floor of the Court House.  In 1972 the library relocated to its present location north of the Court House.

Our Collection

  • Fiction books
  • Non-Fiction books
  • Young Adult books
  • Juvenile books
  • Accelerated Reader Books
  • Biographies
  • Large Print books
  • Paperback books
  • Audiobooks
  • Digital books
  • Videos & DVDs
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Microfilm
  • Reference

Check out our online card catalog at 

Services Offered

  • Public internet computers
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Genealogy resources
  • Local history resources
  • Weekly preschool storytime
  • Summer Reading Program
  • Special programs
  • General reference
  • Materials for the visually and physically handicapped
  • Interlibrary loan
  • Microfilm reader/printer
  • Copy machine
  • Library orientation tours
  • Displays and exhibits

How to Get a Library Card
All Lewis County residents are eligible for a library card.   Parents must sign as the responsible party for children under the age of 16.  To apply, simply present your valid ID with proof of local mailing address and fill out a short application.
Non-residents may pay a $15 annual fee or provide a Tennessee Library Card (TLC card) from a qualifying library along with valid ID to receive a card.

Loan Periods

All circulating materials may be borrowed for three weeks.  Items may be renewed as long as a reserve is not currently placed on them.

Services for Children and Young Adults
Preschool Storytime—held Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.  Each session is filled with finger rhymes, songs, manipulatives, and books.  Parents should expect to enjoy interacting with their children during this fun-filled session.
Summer Reading Program—held at the library during the months of June and July.  Children maintain a reading log and receive a certificate upon completion of program.  Various activities and special events are held to coincide with the summer reading program.

Technology Resources
Our public computers provide access to the internet, the Tennessee Electronic Library, and the world.  Software programs available for use on the public computers include Word, Excel, Publisher, and WinWay Resume Deluxe.  We also provide free Wi-Fi to laptop users.
In early 2011, we will establish a laptop computing center to help Lewis County residents search for jobs and increase their computer skills.

Digital Books
Lewis County Library card holders can enjoy free digital books on items such as PCs, laptops, PDAs, PocketPCs, and cell phones through the Regional Ebook and Audio Download System (R.E.A.D.S.).  This digital collection is available anytime at:

For the Visually and Physically Disabled
The library has large-print books and audio books.  The library is also a referral site for those wishing to receive service from the Tennessee Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

Franz Weinhappel Room of Local History and Genealogy
Franz Weinhappel, a cabinet maker, moved from Austria to Hohenwald in the early 1900s.  A hand-crafted room was removed from Mr. Weinhappel’s home and installed in the library in 1989.  This room contains an excellent historical records collection of books and microfilm. HeritageQuest is available on the public computers at the library, and may also be accessed from a home computer. 

Friends of the Library
Friends of the Lewis County Public Library is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the library through fundraising, advocacy, and volunteerism.  Friends meet at 6:30 p.m. on the last Monday of each month at the library.

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