The Public Library at Tellico Village has its roots in the community of Tellico Village. In 1987 book lovers began a Book Club. That led to a creation of a small lending library furnished with 500 books from the Loudon County Library Board Regional Bookmobile.
The Friends of the Tellico Village Library was incorporated in 1992 to manage and fund the fledgling endeavor. Three retired professional librarians volunteered to manage the library. In 1992 the Friends had 95 members. In 2012, the Friends’ membership numbered 1006 households.
Several moves later, each to larger facilities, the library changed its focus. The time had come to move from serving only the residents of Tellico Village. In 1997, the library became The Tellico Village Public Library to serve the residents of all the surrounding counties. In October 2012, the library moved into a 6442 square foot building financed through a special loan from the United States Rural Development Agency. The mortgage and operating expenses are the responsibility of the Friends of the Tellico Village Library.
The name of the library was changed to The Public Library at Tellico Village to reflect the fact that the library serves the entire county and surrounding communities. Its vision is to be the center for lifelong learning, providing access to the information that will fulfill personal growth, cultural enrichment and knowledge in all fields of interest.
If you haven’t visited the library lately, you should stop by. There are always warm friendly faces to welcome you and comfy reading nooks to daydream the day away.