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 .

The next McMinn County Library Board meeting is Monday, May 17, 2021 at 6:00pm

Future Meetings:

Monday, July 26, 2021, 6:00pm

Monday, September 27, 2021, 6:00pm

Monday, November 22, 2021, 6:00pm

Meeting Recordings

March 22, 2021 Meeting Recording

Passcode: h8?Ef%7A

January 25, 2021 Meeting Recording:

Passcode: 1y1zN&k*

November 23, 2020 Meeting Recording:

Meeting Minutes

Library Policies and ByLaws

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

Employment Opportunities

CURRENT OPENINGS: None currently open. 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

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. 
  • Give a monetary donation in honor or in memory of a loved one. To be sure they receive acknowledgement, please fill out this form
  • Sponsor a Saturday through our Fisher Saturday Sponsor Program

Thank you for your continued support of our library!

A special acknowledgement to all of our August 2019 donors:

Monthly Donors 3

Library Information

Due to COVID-19, E.G. Fisher Public Library has added the following safety precautions:

  • All patrons ages 5 and up are required to wear a mask.
  • There is a 15 patron limit inside the main library.
  • Library visits are limited to 1 hour.
  • Patrons are encouraged to reserve 9:30am to 11:30am for high risk populations.

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 & sign a registration form to use the computers. 


Copying & FAX charges

We have a coin-operated copier for the public to use.  Costs of copying are $.25 per page. Copies made from computer workstations and the microfilm readers are also $.25 per page.  We offer fax services as well. It is $1.00 per page to send a fax and $.50 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

Curbside service is available Tuesday through Friday between 9:30am and 4:00pm. 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 one request at a time.



Meeting Rooms

Library meeting rooms are currently not available for public use.

Additional Resources

Circlulation Policy
How to Get a Library Card
Your Library Account

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. Patrons with any unresolved fines will not be able to check out items until those fines are resolved. Library accounts must be renewed annually at which time a valid photo ID will need to be presented to library staff. In the case of minors their parent or guardian will need to present valid photo ID to renew the child’s account.

Patrons may borrow the following library materials: 

Due to COVID-19, all patrons are temporarily limited to 10 items per check-out. Standard limits on magazines, DVDs, and audio still apply.

Material        # of Items        Loan Period        Fines  

Books                 20                 3 weeks           $0.20/day  

Audios                 5                 3 weeks            $0.20/day  

Magazines          5                 3 weeks             $0.20/day  

DVDs                  5                 1 week              $1.00/day

Golf putter & ball  3               24 hours           $1.00/day

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. Golf putters and balls must be returned at the circulation desk. Due to COVID-19, all other items must be returned to the exterior book drop. No returns will be accepted inside the library. All items are quarantined for a minimum of 5 days after return. The covers of items are sanitized after quarantine. 

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. Click here to check on the status of an item.


Patrons may place a title on hold by calling 423-745-7782, using their VERSO online account, or at the library. Hold fees have been temporarily been waived in response to COVID-19. Holds may be picked up via curbside pick-up Tuesday through Friday, 9:30am to 4:00pm 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 $5.00 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 $5.00 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.

Library Internet Policy


The McMinn County Library Board establishes this Library Internet Policy to ensure appropriate use of Internet resources within the library.

The Library provides workstations for free public access to the Internet as an informational, education and recreational resource. The Library expects that all use of electronic information resources such as the Internet will be responsible and ethical,consistent with the purpose for which these resources are provided. Potential users must agree to follow the policy guidelines outlined below:


The Library offers links to a wide range of useful and interesting sites through its web site. Some Internet sites found through search engines may contain inaccurate, incomplete, outdated, indecent, controversial or offensive material.

The Library does not and may not monitor, control, or provide barriers to such material and cannot be held responsible for its content. We firmly believe that the valuable information available on this world-wide network far outweighs the possibility that users may come across material that is not consistent with the goals of the Library. Selection policies that serve to govern a library’s purchase of written material may not apply to material accessed electronically.


The Library provides Internet access equally to all library users. Only parents or guardians — Not the library or its staff may restrict their children  and only their own children  from access to the Internet or other library materials. We strongly encourage parents to monitor and supervise their children’s Internet use. For more information on children and the Internet, please read Child Safety on the Information Highway ( produced by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Interactive Services Association.

Ultimately, all library users, whether children or adults, are the final selectors in using the Internet and other library materials and are responsible for their individual choices and decisions, and use these resources at their own risk.

However, the library does prohibit sending, receiving, or displaying text or graphics which are sexually explicit, pornographic, obscene or offensive in such a public setting where minor children or other library users might be unwilling exposed. The Library reserves the right to terminate any session where such material is present. 

Privacy and Confidentiality

In general, the Library will treat information on computers as confidential. Requests for disclosure of information regarding an individual’s use will be honored only if approved by the Library Director, when authorized by the owners of the information, or when required by local, state, or federal law.

The Library staff may impose restrictions, such as time limits, on the use of library equipment. While respecting an individual user’s right to privacy, library staff reserves the right to monitor use of Internet workstations to ensure compliance with the Library Internet Policy.

Guidelines for Acceptable Use

It is essential that at all times Internet users shall:

  1. Obey all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations regarding minor’s access to materials harmful to a minor.
  2. Refrain from any activities which might be disruptive to other library users.
  3. Refrain from the transmission or display of threatening, harassing, libelous, pornographic, or slanderous materials; in accordance with the Tennessee Code Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 9. Refrain from sending, receiving or displaying text or graphics that may be reasonably construed as obscene by community standards.
  4. Make no attempt to damage computer equipment, alter computer settings or install any software, introduce a worm or virus, or other harmful form of programming or vandalism, or participate in hacking activities or any form of unauthorized access to other computers, networks, or information systems.
  5. Avoid disclosing personal information over the Internet to preserve his or her own personal safety. Library Internet users are prohibited by law from disclosing, using, or disseminating personal information regarding minors without written authorization of the parent or legal guardian of the minor(s) involved. Internet users are prohibited from using the library computers to compromise the safety and security of minors when using email, chat rooms, social networking sites, and other forms of direct electronic communications. Such use includes, but is not limited to: giving others private information about one’s self or others or arranging a face-to-face meeting with someone one has met on the Internet without a parent or legal guardian’s permission.
  6. Respect international copyright laws and honor software licensing agreements.

Conditions and Terms of Use

The patron’s E.G. Fisher Public Library card must be presented at the time of signup. If a patron’s library card is barred for overdue materials, the patron must clear or resolve the account before being granted access to the Internet. Patrons with a blocked card because of fines must reduce the balance of their account $2.00 each time they request an Internet session. Patrons who have lost their library card may purchase a replacement for $4.00.

Non-County residents who only wish to gain access to the Internet must provide documentation of their out-of-county status.

Patrons are allowed access to the Internet computers on a first come, first serve basis. They Library does not take reservations for Internet access. The user agrees to restrict his/her Internet time to one hour when others are waiting.

It is understood that minors having a library card may access the Internet with or without a parent/guardian’s presence; however, the Library does encourage parents/guardians to oversee their child’s Internet activity.

The Library staff is happy to assist users in accessing the Internet, each user is nevertheless responsible for his/her own search. Staff cannot provide in-depth personal training in the use of the Internet or of personal computers.

Downloading/saving to a CD or flash drive is permitted on Internet accessible computers. The Library sells CDs for $1.50 each. Hard copies of information may be printed out at the cost of 20 cents per page. Downloading/saving to the computer hard drive is not permitted.


Library computers accessing the Internet are filtered in compliance with the Federal Government’s Child Internet Protect Act (CIPA). If a patron encounters a blocked site that he/she feels is necessary for their research, they may ask a member of the Library staff to unblock the site.


While respecting an individual user’s right to privacy, Library staff reserves the right to monitor use of Internet workstations to ensure compliance with this safety policy. A user’s access to the library’s computer resources is a privilege, not a right. Staff may ask users to remove themselves from Library equipment if they observe any behavior which they judge to be in conflict with this policy. Misuse or abuse of Library computers or Internet access may result in loss of Internet access privileges. Repeated abuse of the Internet Safety Policy could result in loss of library privileges, being barred from the Library itself or possible criminal prosecution.

Virus Warming

Although the Library uses a program that checks for viruses, there is no guarantee that files downloaded from the Internet will not contain a virus. The Library is not responsible for any damages that may arise from saving or downloading files to any personal device.

Adopted October 12, 2007
Revised May 17, 2012