Library Information

  • Checkouts are limited to 20 items total
  • Curbside pick-up is available upon request by calling 423-745-7782.

Computers for public use

The library is pleased to offer computers for the public.  We will be happy to assist you as time permits.  You must present your library card or a valid ID.


Copying & FAX charges

We have a coin-operated copier for the public to use.  Costs of printing and copying are $.25 for black and white per page and $.50 for color per page.  We offer fax services as well. It is $1.00 per page to send a fax and $1.00 per page to receive a fax. Our fax number is 423-745-1763.



You may place an item on hold from our collection. Holds fees have been waived due to COVID-19. Please place all holds at least one business day prior to expected pick-up.You may also now place a hold on an item through our Online Catalog.

Curbside Service

Please reserve items no later than one business day prior to pick-up. Once in the parking lot, call 423-745-7782 for curbside service.


Inter-library Loan (ILL)

Books not found in our collection may be borrowed through the Interlibrary Loan program.  You may request an item by author, title, or subject. Due to COVID-19, you are currently limited to two request at a time.



Meeting Rooms

BOARD ROOM: Our board room  is free for groups of 12 and under. Reservations may be made no more than ONE WEEK in advance. No food or drinks are permitted in the board room. Care must be taken to leave the Board Room clean when the meeting is over. IMPORTANT: A protective cover must be used on the table if any crafts ( cutting, pasting, etc.) take place.

COMMUNITY ROOM: The community room is available to be rented out. The room seats 50 – 75+.

      Rates for general public use :

0 – 2 Hours ———-$40

2 – 4 Hours ———-$ 50

4 – 6 Hours ———-$ 70

6+ Hours ———-$ 90

Use of Zenith flat screen TV and Google Box $25


–The community room is also availble for ongoing non-profit and community organizations. —

 Rates for ongoing groups:

weekly for 6 months —–$200 ($7.70 per meeting)

weekly for 1 year —–$400 ($7.70 per meeting)

Monthly for 6 months —–$90 ($15 per meeting)

Monthly for 1 year —–$180 ($15 per meeting)

*Ongoing fees MUST be paid in either 6 month or yearly payments, otherwise groups will be assessed the daily meeting rates.


General Rules for the Community Room:

  1. Meeting rooms may be used for private party use.
  2. Sales may not be conducted on the premises without prior consent from the Library Director.
  3. tobacco products and alcoholic beverages may NOT be consumed on the Library premises.
  4. Flammable materials are prohibited (i.e. candles,incense, light strips, etc.)
  5. There will be no reservations allowed before 9:30 am(Monday through Friday), 10:00 am (Saturday).
  6. All reservations must end 30 minutes before the library’s closing time. Groups should clean up and exit the room by this time. Please notify the front desk that you are leaving.
  7.  All payments for meeting rooms are non-refundable.
  8. Each organization is responsible for setting up chairs and tables. (There are approximately 75 chairs and 7 tables).
  9. Food and drink are allowed in the community room. Avoid staining drinks (i.e. Red kool-aid and other red drinks).
  10. Leave meeting room in the condition it is found: trash picked up, spills cleaned up.
  11.  Kitchen use: coffee pot, microwave, refrigerator, and stove are available. Dishes, garbage bags, and supplies are not provided.  Surfaces and equipment should be left clean and trash placed in containers.
  12. All audio-visual needs should be planned for at least 7 days prior to the event and specified as part of the rental agreement. The primary contact person will be shown how to use the equipment. Any damages will be the responsibility of the lessee.
  13. Meetings of large groups which may disturb or interfere with the general use of the library will not be booked.
  14. No governmental agencies (local, state, or federal)shall be charged unless they are charging an admittance fee.
  15. Any usage of library space must be made within the context of local, state, or federal laws or regulations. Access may not be denied on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, or physical or mental disability.


Additional Resources

Circlulation Policy
How to Get a Library Card
Your Library Account

Donations to the Library

Donations to the library are a wonderful way to give back to your community. As a non-profit all donations made to E.G. Fisher Public Library are tax-deductible. If you are looking for ways to give, consider the options from the list below.

  • Donate books for our annual Friends of the Library Book Sale/ongoing book sale
  • Give prizes for our Summer Reading Program
  • Put your spare change in our donation jar at the front desk
  • Sponsor one of our recurring or one time programs for children and adults
  • Donate crafting supplies for children
  • Help us while you shop at Use the Amazon Smile Program to help give back with every purchase. Simply select E. G. Fisher Public Library from the list of charities.  After selecting E. G. Fisher as your charity you will sign into amazon through the Amazon Smile Homepage to do your shopping.
  • Give a monetary donation in honor or in memory of a loved one. To be sure they receive acknowledgement, please fill out this form.

Thank you for your continued support of our library!

Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities


Applications for Front Desk Clerk positions are accepted at all times and will be considered at the next hiring period.


20-30 hours per week

Responsibilities of the position include:

  • Perform searches and update patron and/or item records
  • Check in, check out, reserve, and request library items in accordance with the library’s established policies and procedures
  • Clean, reshelf, shelf-read, and shift physical collection as needed
  • Administer new library cards in accordance with established policies and procedures
  • Answer telephone calls, take messages, and notify patrons by phone when appropriate
  • Use register system to collect fines due on patron accounts
  • Inspect materials returned for damage and/or missing components
  • Maintain the confidentiality of all patrons
  • Assist in opening or closing the library as needed
  • Clean any and all rooms of the library
  • Other duties and/or projects as assigned


  • High school diploma or GED equivalent required
  • Previous experience in customer service preferred
  • Prior experience working in libraries a plus
  • Strong grasp of the English language
  • Ability to handle money and credit card transactions

Applications for interested applicants are available at the library or downloaded. Return applications at the library’s circulation desk or send to


The Wetlands at E.G. Fisher Public Library was created to serve several functions: flood mitigation, wetland reclamation, stream bank restoration, and outdoor classroom space. In this educational environment, wetland visitors have the opportunity to become more environmentally aware and to gain a new appreciation for natural areas.



Wetlands - E. G. Fisher Library

Wetlands - E. G. Fisher Library

Wetlands - E. G. Fisher Library

Wetlands - E. G. Fisher Library

Wetlands - E. G. Fisher Library

Wetlands - E. G. Fisher Library

The pictures above were taken in 2014. Hopefully some day soon we will be able to do some much needed landscaping to our wetlands and update our pictures.

McMinn County Library Board

E.G. Fisher Public Library is governed by the McMinn County Library Board. Members of the McMinn County Library Board are appointed to serve by the Athens City Council and the McMinn County Commission. The McMinn County Library Board meets six times each year. All board meeting are open to the public . Meetings are held in the Community Room of E.G. Fisher Public Library, 1289 Ingleside Ave. Athens, TN.

The next McMinn County Library Board meeting is Monday, November 22, 2021, 6:00pm

Future Meetings:

Monday, January 24, 2022, 6:00pm

Monday, March 28, 2022, 6:00pm

Monday, May 23, 2022, 6:00pm

Monday, July 25, 2022, 6:00pm

Monday, September 26, 6:00pm

Meeting Recordings

March 22, 2021 Meeting Recording

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January 25, 2021 Meeting Recording:

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November 23, 2020 Meeting Recording:

Library Policies and ByLaws

All E.G. Fisher Public Library Policies are approved by the McMinn County Library Board.

Mayfield Family Art Gallery

Mayfield Family Art Gallery

The Community Artists League maintains rotating exhibits in the Mayfield Family Art Gallery, an area of the Library given by the Mayfield family to showcase the work of local artists. Visit the Mayfield Art Gallery any time during the Library’s hours and view the variety of works from these talented individuals.