Library Director Crystal Nash
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
The Lewis County Public Library is a vital part of our community. More than just books, the library is a gathering place for the community and is dedicated to helping Lewis County learn, accomplish, and be inspired.
The mission of the Lewis County Public Library is to provide all residents with quality resources which will satisfy educational, occupational, cultural, and leisure time needs and interests.
Our Priorities
To reach our mission we are guided by the following priorities:

  • Being a center of lifelong learning
  • Services to children
  • Recreational reading
  • Bridging the technology gap
  • The library as a community center
  • Preserving and sharing local history
The Library Board of Trustees is the governing organization of the library. The Board sets policy for the operation of the library and ensures that the library is responsive to the public’s needs. They are also legally responsible for ensuring the library receives adequate funding from the local government. The Library Board is composed of county residents appointed by the Lewis County Commission. Library Trustees serve on a volunteer basis and receive no pay for their service. Board meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month in February, April, June, August, October, and December at 6 p.m.
Library Board
Glena Sikes, Chair Joan Talley
Austin Carroll Pat Barnett
Paul Jones Cissy Riley
Kathryn Kozlinski Judy Bryson and Patsy Griner, Regional Board Representatives
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 Audiobooks
Non-Fiction books Digital books
Young Adult books DVDs
Juvenile books Newspapers
Special Collections (local history archives) Magazines
Biographies Microfilm
Large Print books Reference
Paperback books

Check out our online card catalog at

Services Offered
Public internet computers General reference
Free Wi-Fi Materials for the visually and physically disabled
Genealogy resources Interlibrary loan
Local history resources Microfilm reader/printer
Weekly preschool storytime Copy machine
Summer Reading Program Library orientation tours
Special programs Displays and exhibits
Fax services Test proctoring
Wireless printing Mobile hotspot landing
Technology classes Voter registration
E911 residential alarm registration
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 10:00 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 designed to boost pre-literacy skills.

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
We offer public computers with Internet access, as well as color printing, free Wi-Fi, photocopying and fax services, and a variety of other technology services and classes. To access computers, you must present your Lewis County Public Library card or a valid photo ID and agree to our Computer Use Policy.

Digital Books
Lewis County Library card holders can enjoy free digital books on items such as PCs, laptops, 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 Accessible Books and Media which offers 150,000 recorded, large print, and braille materials available to residents of Tennessee who are not able to use standard print materials due to a visual or physical disability.

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 Library—Lewis County is a 501(c)3 non-profit, volunteer group dedicated to fostering a love of books, reading, and cultural activities in Lewis County while reaching out to the community to advocate and grow support for the Lewis County Public Library. Friends meet at 9 a.m. on the last Friday of each month at the library. Meetings are open to all.

Friends of the Library hold booksales and other fundraising events throughout the year to fund library improvements. Past projects have included painting murals in the children’s and storytime areas, installing baby changing tables in restrooms, purchasing security cameras and new chairs for the library, an exterior facelift, and the installation of a park bench near the front entrance.

Friends of the Library has a positive impact on the library, which in turn, allows the library to better serve Lewis County. Our Friends group extends the library’s capacity through monetary gifts, volunteers and program support, and through advocacy.

To find out more about Friends, contact the library at 931-796-5365. Or visit their Facebook page at:

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Jaimee Troutt Kelly Medford Laura Taylor Judith Lindquist