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 meetings 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, July 22, 2024, 6:00pm


Regularly scheduled future meetings:

Monday, September 23, 2024, 6:00pm

Monday, November 25, 2024, 6:00pm


Meeting Minutes & Agendas


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Library Policies and ByLaws

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

Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities


Now Hiring!


Library Clerk applications are always accepted and will be reviewed when a vacancy occurs.



Part-time, up to 25 hours per week



$8.51 per hour



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



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.

Circulation Policy

Checking Out

The patron must check out using their own library card. Patrons receiving a first-time library card may check out only 2 items when the card is issued. You must present your library card to check out any items. In order to checkout materials, patron account and linked household accounts must be in good standing, requiring the household to not have outstanding fine balance equal to or exceeding $1.00 or unpaid lost items. Library accounts must be renewed annually at which time a valid photo ID will need to be presented to library staff for adult accounts. Juvenile patrons may renew accounts without photo ID.

Patrons may borrow the following library materials: 



# of Items

Loan Period




3 weeks




3 weeks




3 weeks




1 week


Golf Putter & Ball


24 hours




1 week


Hotspots & Kid Tablets


1 week


Note: Magazines for circulation must be back-issues.



You may renew an item two times if there is not a reserve for that item. It is not necessary to bring items into the library for renewal. You may renew by phone by providing your library card bar code number when you call. Items can also be renewed in your online VERSO account. New adult fiction, adult non-fiction titles, and inter-library loans are not eligible for renewal. 



A book drop is available to the left of the front door of the library to return borrowed items. Laptops, hotspots, golf putters, and golf balls must be returned at the circulation desk. There is also a second book drop located inside the library at the front desk side. When items are returned, the covers of items are sanitized.


Online library catalog

Patrons may use our web-based library catalog to search for materials in our collection and to determine whether an item is on the shelf or checked out.



Patrons may place a title on hold by calling 423-745-7782, using their VERSO online account, or at the library. Patrons receive three free holds, additional holds cost $1.00 per item per day. Holds may be picked up via curbside upon request or at the circulation desk during normal hours. For curbside pick-up please call 423-745-7782 from the library parking lot. All holds should be placed one business day prior to expected pick-up.


Lost and Damaged Item Policy

Items that are lost or damaged cannot be replaced by patrons under any circumstances. The cost of the item must be paid in addition to a $10.00 processing fee. If lost items are located and returned in good condition within 6 months of payment the item cost will be returned to the patron. The $10.00 is non-refundable.

Item damage is determined at the discretion of the Library Director and/or Circulation Manager. All library items determined or suspected to be impacted specifically by pest infestations will be treated as damaged items under the library’s Circulation Policy and will either be treated or discarded at the Library Director’s discretion. Any material returned by a patron which shows evidence of live or dead bugs will result in immediate suspension of Library privileges for that patron and any patrons in the same residence. Suspension will be lifted after the patron presents proof that the residence has been successfully treated for and eradicated of the bugs in question by a licensed and accredited pest control company.

The parent/guardian signing for the juvenile card accepts financial responsibility for the child’s materials. Ask the front desk about the process for partial payments toward lost/damaged items. Refunds will only be issued to the parent/guardian who signed for the juvenile account. Parents/guardians who did not sign for account may receive refund if they present the receipt for the item payment.


$5.00 fee applied to repairable damage to materials. Technology repairs based on actual repair cost.



Overdue alerts will go out at 7 days overdue, 14 days overdue, and 25 days overdue. At 25 days the item will be switched to Lost. First and second alerts will be via call or email, third notice will be via mail. Patrons encouraged to set up email for prompt alert.


Technology Devices

Patrons must have a history of borrowing materials for one month prior to checking out technology. Technology that has been disabled due to being overdue will count toward “three strike” count. Patrons returning devices 14 days or more overdue would have six months ban from checking out technology.





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

Computers at the Library

Computer Use

The Library offers computers for the public to use. All computers are connected to the internet and feature Microsoft Office. We are happy to assist you as time permits. Staff is limited in the ways computer assistance can be offered. We offer one-on-one tech assistance classes upon request. Patrons can request an alcohol wipe to clean computer hardware before use.

You must present your own library card at the circulation desk. If there are no fines present on your account, you will be given an access code for a public computer. If you do have fines present we will ask you to pay a minimum of $2.00 toward the fine. If you do not have a library card you must present a valid photo ID.

If you do not have a valid photo ID or your library card has been barred due to lost items, you are still welcome to use a 15 minute public computer.

Printed black and white copies are $0.25 per sheet. Color copies are $0.50 per sheet.

Read E.G. Fisher Public Library’s Library Internet Policy before signing in for an Internet session. All patrons agree to abide by the Library’s Acceptable Internet Use Policy, which can be found in its entirety at the Reference Desk.

Boat Safety Exam

We also can administer the boating safety internet exam. You will need a Type 600 Boat Safety Exam Permit (sold here at the library for $10) and your I.D. We will get you on a computer and proctor the TWRA Boating Safety Exam. The exam is 60 questions and you must get at least 48 correct to pass. The system allows for two test sessions per day per student. If you fail the test, you can review the missed questions and try once more in a 24 hour period. If you pass the exam, congratulations! You will get a temporary pass until your permanent one comes in the mail within 2-3 weeks.