Library System Information

Hawkins County Library System

Library Cards:

Anyone who lives, works, attends school or owns property in Hawkins County or who lives within fifty (50) miles of Hawkins County is eligible to borrow materials from any library in the Hawkins County Library System.  All patrons must fill out an official Application Card*.  Adults must provide valid photo identification with a current, legal address. Examples of acceptable identification are Driver’s license; Passport; or Student ID card. If photo identification does not have correct address, another form of ID will be required. An example would be a utility bill with their current address. Patrons below the age of 18 must complete a Juvenile Application Card** which must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.

Children who are at least five years of age and are able to print their name may be issued a library card.

There is no charge for the first (1st) library card; however a replacement card is $2.00.

Parents are wholly responsible for monitoring the appropriateness of materials their children check out. Library staff members will not restrict the circulation of materials based on age with the exception of videos.  No one under the age of 18 will be allowed to check out videos unless the parent or legal guardian granted permission on the juvenile’s application card.  Permission will be noted on the minor’s computer record.  Parents are responsible for maintaining the physical condition of the books and materials checked out by their children including loss, damage or overdue.

Library Staff has the discretion to issue a temporary cards (which remains in the library) to visiting residents who have the appropriate identification.

Borrowing Guidelines:
New users and visitors with temporary cards may only check out two (2) items at a time for the first checkout.  After the first checkout, borrowers are able to checkout.

  • a maximum of 15 items
  • no more than three (3) videos or DVDs
  • no more than three (3) items by the same author
  • no more than three (3) items on the same subject

Books, Magazines, and Audios can be checked out for up to 14 days. DVDS and Videos can be checked out for 7 days.

Renewals can be made by phone, in person, or online. If renewing online, you will need your barcode number located on the back of your patron card. You will also need your four (4) digit PIN {5 digits for Church Hill numbers}. Your PIN is the last four (4) digits {5 digits for Church Hill numbers} of your patron barcode. Books, magazines, and audios can be renewed up to a maximum of two times as long as the item(s) are not on reserve. DVDs and videos can not be renewed.

Interlibrary Loan:
The Library System has Interlibrary Loan within the library system and throughout the State of Tennessee free of charge to our patrons. If your home library does not have an item that you would like we can request it from another library in our system (IBLInterbranch Loan) or within the State (ILL – Interlibrary Loan). Our staff would be happy to assist you with obtaining an item from another library. You can also reserve an item within the Hawkins Library System online using your patron barcode and four (4) digit PIN {5 digits for Church Hill numbers}.

Fines and Fees:
Books, Magazines, and Audios: $.15 per day per item past the due date
DVD/Videos: $1.00 per day per item past the due date
*Borrowing privileges will be suspended if fines exceed $5.00 or item(s) are more than 15 days overdue

Services Offered:
All three libraries in the Hawkins County Library System offer the following services:

Computer Printing/Copies:
Black/White – $ .25 per page
Color – $1.00 per page
Legal – $ .25 per page

$1.00 per page. Max charge – $10.00

Scan to Email/Drive: 
$1.00 per page. Max charge – $10.00

$1.00 per item

Used Books for Sale:
Mass Market Paperback – $ .25
Trade Paperback – $ .50
Hard Cover – $1.00
New Release Hard Cover – $3.00
Magazines – $ .25
Religious – Free

Used Audio Books, CDs, DVDs for Sale:
Audio Books on CD – $1.00
DVDs – $1.00
DVDs (Season) – $3.00

 Replacement Library Card:
$2.00 per card

Notary Service:
$5.00 per stamp