Monday, May 4, 2020

Tennessee State Library and Archives Reopening May 5th by Appointment Only

The Tennessee State Library and Archives will reopen to the public by appointment only, beginning Tuesday, May 5th.

Patrons and staff will follow best practices for social distancing and other protective measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visitors will notice several changes to our physical spaces implemented to safeguard everyone's health.

Staff members and visiting patrons are required to maintain six feet of distance between each other and to wear cloth masks when moving around the research areas. Access to some computers, microfilm scanners and readers, and research tables will be limited to encourage social distancing. There are also some changes in seating and public access points.

Our custodial staff have deep-cleaned the building and will continue a consistent cleaning schedule to maintain clean surfaces.

All of our public programming will continue to suspend until further notice.

If possible, patrons are highly encouraged to continue to use Library and Archives services remotely. Many times, our staff members can provide patrons with a digital copy of a document or vital record in our collection. Patrons can also continue to access many of our resources online through our website, the Tennessee Electronic Library, and the Tennessee Virtual Archive.

To make an appointment or to request remote assistance, contact our reference desk Tuesday-Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST, by phone 615-741-2764, by email at or by live chat at

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue serving your research and information needs during this time.

Please check our website,, or social media for updates as this situation develops.

Chuck Sherrill
State Librarian and Archivist
Posted: April 28, 2020

The Tennessee State Library and Archives is a division of the Office of Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett

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