Visiting the Tennessee State Library and Archives

The Library Reading Room, the Microfilm Reading Room and Manuscripts at the Tennessee State Library and Archives are open Tuesday through Saturday 8:00am - 4:30pm (Central Time). Legislative History is open Tuesday through Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm (Central Time). The Library and Archives will always be closed on Mondays.

Please note: Archival materials are available for retrieval between the hours of 8:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. If you know you will need materials between 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, please call ahead to the Public Services section at 615-741-2764 or visit the Ask Us a Question! web page. We will do our best to accommodate your request.

The Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH), which is located in the Tennessee State Library and Archives building, will remain open Mondays through Fridays from 8:00am to 4:30pm (Central Time). It is strongly recommended that LBPH patrons call ahead on Mondays since the rest of the building will be closed.

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Federal holidays will be observed on the following dates:


Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday, January 16, 2017
President's Day Monday, February 20, 2017
Good Friday Friday, April 14, 2017
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Downtown Events /
Street Closures
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Memorial Day Monday, May 29, 2017
Independence Day Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Labor Day Monday, September 4, 2017
Columbus Day* The Governor has substituted the Friday after the fourth
Thursday in November for the Columbus Day holiday.
Veterans Day Friday, November 10, 2017
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Thanksgiving* Thursday, November 23, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
Christmas Saturday, December 23, 2017
Monday, December 25, 2017
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
New Year's Day Saturday, December 30, 2017
Monday, January 1, 2018
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

* The Governor has substituted the Friday after the fourth Thursday in November for the Columbus Day holiday.


The Tennessee State Library and Archives is located at 403 7th Avenue North immediately west of the State Capitol Building. The Tennessee Supreme Court Building (at the corner of 7th Avenue North and Charlotte Avenue) is located beside the library.

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Parking is available in a limited number of designated visitor spots at the front and side of the Tennessee State Library and Archives building. Visitors CANNOT park in the NUMBERED spots around the building; these spots are reserved Monday - Friday and unauthorized cars will be ticketed and / or towed. On Saturdays, these numbered spots are not reserved and may be used by visitors to the library. Additional parking is available in public lots throughout downtown. Many of the lots are within a few blocks' walking distance to the Library and Archives.

Visitor parking on the street near the Library and Archives building is limited. Visitors may wish to use one of the for-profit lots downtown. The web page Visitor's Guide > Parking describes the lots closest to the Library and Archives building.


Registration & Security
All Library and Archives patrons are required to present a state or federal ID card (such as a drivers license) when entering the building. The patron will be issued a registration card. When entering and leaving the building, patrons will present their briefcase, bag, backpack, purse, and / or notebook for examination by the guard. Lockers are available for storage of patrons' belongings during their visit. We are not responsible for items left unattended in the reading rooms. Visitors using original manuscripts will be required to leave their belongings in a locker.
Backpacks are not allowed into the main area of the Library and Archives and must be stored in a locker. If a backpack is too large to fit in a locker, then it must either be locked in the patron's vehicle or stored in the main lobby while using Library and Archives materials.


Computers, Laptops, and Scanning Devices
Internet access is available on the computers in our Central Reading Room. A 30 minute time limit may be imposed if other patrons are waiting. Additional guidelines are posted by the computers.

Personal laptops may be used in the building.

Cameras are permitted only in the open access areas of Public Service, not in the Archives and Manuscripts Reading Area.

At the discretion of the Librarian on duty, scanners may be allowed in the Tennessee Reading Room and the Legislative History Reading Room, but NOT in the Manuscripts Reading Area. Items are considered on a case-by-case basis depending upon condition, copyright, and donor restrictions.

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