Johnson City Public Library announces reopening plan

Johnson City Public Library Director Julia Turpin

Regional libraries are working together to implement a coordinated, phased reopening plan. This plan is guided by a deep concern for the health and safety of all communities involved, from employees to the vulnerable populations they serve.

Along with the majority of area libraries, Johnson City Public Library (JCPL) plans to begin a curbside pickup system on Monday, June 1. The details of this curbside service will be released separately.

Beginning Monday, May 18, JCPL will begin accepting returns at its outside material dropbox. The Library also asks that patrons cancel items they have on hold but no longer want. This can be done by logging into their online account anytime or by calling 423.434.4450 beginning May 18. Donations of books and media items will not be accepted until further notice.

As the coronavirus situation continues to evolve, stay updated on the Library’s plans and continue to access its digital resources by visiting and following Johnson City Public Library on Facebook and Instagram. Contact Library Director Julia Turpin at with further questions.

Additionally, the Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider three appointments to the Johnson City Public Library Board. All matters concerning operations of the public library including soliciting, collection, receiving, accumulating, administering and distributing funds are referred to the Johnson City Public Library Board for consideration and recommendation to the Board of Commissioners. Each appointment will serve a three-year term beginning July 2020.

Any citizen who is interested in serving as a member of the Johnson City Public Library Board may submit an application online at Applications will be accepted through May 29.


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