Statement about Library Service and COVID-19
Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs is working closely with local Public Health officials to guide him in making decisions for Knox County constituents and the agencies that serve them in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Knox County Public Library will close to the public on Friday, March 20 until further notice. We will be open on Thursday, March 19 so patrons can check out materials for the duration.
The Library is taking the following action to accommodate the closure:
- Waiving all overdue fines
- Increasing check out limits of items
- Increasing renewals to four times and extending loan periods for six weeks
- Providing ongoing access to online resources including ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, animated storybooks
- Providing reference service (Ask a librarian) through text, chat or email.
For questions about expired library cards or your Personal Identification Number (PIN), please call (865) 215-8751.
If you have further questions regarding the pandemic, KCHD has launched a COVID-19 Public Information Line. The hotline number is (865) 215-5555 or individuals may call toll-free at (888) 288-6022. The information line will be available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. We do advise you call volume and wait time is expected to be high. Callers are urged to call again if they receive a busy signal. As always, we encourage anyone who is sick to stay home to decrease the risk of spreading any type of illness to others.