News Flash!



Dear Anna Porter Public Library Patrons,

Following the recommended guidelines of local, state, and national leaders working to help manage the COVID-19 virus in the United States, the Anna Porter Public Library will operate at Phase 3 of our Temporary Operational Procedures starting Monday, June 1, 2020.  Please Phase 3 initiatives below:

Phase 3 :

Patrons may now visit the facility during all operational hours without a time limit and are allowed to sit in the facility. Our hours of operation are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. All face-to-face programming and meetings with the exception of the Summer Reading Program are postponed at this time. The Summer Reading Program will take place in Mills Park beginning June 17 in order to practice social distancing. No more than 5 computers will be available for use at a time. We will continue to offer Curbside Service .


Curbside Service: Patrons may call us during operational hours (10 a.m.- 5 p.m.) to request and check out items (books, movies, etc.). Our phone number is (865)-436-5588. Items requested will be checked out to the requesting patron and wrapped in nondescript packaging for patron privacy. Items can be found on a table in the foyer of APPL with the patron's library card on each item. Patrons may continue to check items out by this process.  All fines will be waived at this time.  This is subject to change without notice.

Patrons who do not wish to pick up their reserved items may call and inform our staff. Those items will be removed from the checkout table in the foyer, and will no longer show as reserves in your account.

READS/Libby Services:  We encourage patrons to download books and eBooks from the R.E.A.D.S. system. Thousands of items are available to all our patron's thanks to the Tennessee State Library and Archives. All you need is your library card number and your phone number acts as the password. If you have never used this service and want to try it, visit this website,, and follow the simple directions to get started. You may also call us for further inquiries.

We are saddened by our limited service abilities at this time but hope by providing some access to resources and services, that you will know how much we value our role in helping you by any means possible. Please stay safe and come back healthy when we do officially resume full operations. If you have any questions or concerns please email the library director, Kelsey Collins at



Hours of Operation

  • We will be closed Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 in Observance of Independence Day.

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

We are very happy to graciously thank Mr. Cory Cottongim and the Old Smoky Mountain Moonshine crew for the generous donation of 125 lbs of hand sanitizer we can now offer to our incoming patrons! 

Thank you again, Mr.Cottongim for the very thoughtful donation! Stay safe and healthy out there, everyone!