Nestled within the confines of this charming bedroom community just outside of Memphis, Tennessee is the Germantown, Tn. Library. This library is fully owned and operated by the City of Germantown. While the city subcontracts the day to day management of the library to a professional group, it is guided by policies developed by the citizenry and the Mayor and the Board of Aldermen. The stated goals of this library are as follows:
• Promote lifelong learning and love of reading
• Inform, enrich and empower every person served
• Provide easy access to a wide variety of material, services and programs
• Meet the personal, educational, cultural and professional information needs of the community
This small library packs a big punch. It has more than 130,000 items and serves over 26,000 card holders. The monthly circulation is approximately 30,000 items and averages more than 17,000 customers a month. More than 8,250 children and adults attended over 310 programs in a recent year.
This library offers a wide variety of services including library cards, loaning of equipment, meeting rooms, books by mail, programs and events, friends bookstore, catalogue search, an elibrary, reference tools, a Germantown Regional History and Genealogy Center and a host of unique ways to get involved in community life.
The elibrary is designed for ereaders and kindle readers . They can borrow a book electronically and have it for 14 days before it automatically returns to the library. There is even a newsletter listing all available books and titles specifically geared towards ereaders.
Classes and presentations for children and adults are commonplace at the library. Whether it be a computer class on the web or a toddlers appreciation of picture books, the Germantown library has a multitude of offerings for all tastes and ages.