The Public Library at Tellico Village is located in rural Loudon County, Tennessee. It is part of the Ocoee River Regional Library System and one of five libraries in Loudon County.
It is a full service library that is open to all that live or work in the surrounding communities. There is no charge to receive a library card. Patrons, however are encouraged to become a member of the Friends of the Tellico Village Library organization.
Loudon County libraries receive their funding from city taxes. The Public Library of Tellico Village is not located in an incorporated city, so it does not have a tax base for funding. The county provides the salaries for the library's full time manager and part time library assistant. The Regional library provides technical support and one book lease program. The Property Owners Association provides a stipend each year. Most expenses are paid by the Friends of the Tellico Village Library. These expenses include mortgage, maintenance, operating expenses and a second book lease program.
The only requirement to receive a library card is that the patron lives or works in one of the surrounding communities. A drivers license or other proof of residency will be required or proof of employment at a local business. There is no charge for a library card.
Library Manager: Carol DeForest, MLIS
Assistant Librarian: Carolyn Page
The front desk duties, shelving of books, and myriads of other tasks are accomplished by a staff of over 40 trained Friends of the Library Volunteers. They are not paid but their value to the library is priceless.
The Public Library at Tellico Village is located at 300 Irene Lane, Loudon TN 37774 and is easily accessed from Route 444 which is also known as the Tellico Parkway.
Route 444 connects Route 321 and Route 72.
From Route 321: Turn onto TN Route 444, travel about 8.5 miles, turn right onto Ritchey Road. Turn right onto Irene Lane. Travel .4 miles. The library will be on the left.
From Route 72: Turn onto TN Route 444, travel 2.2 miles, turn left onto Ritchey Road. Turn right onto Irene Lane. Travel .4 miles. The library will be on the left.
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The Public Library at Tellico Village has its roots in the community of Tellico Village. In 1987 book lovers began a Book Club. That led to the creation of a small lending library furnished with 500 books from the Loudon County Library Board Regional Bookmobile.
The Friends of the Tellico Village Library was incorporated in 1992 to manage and fund the fledging endeavor. Three retired professional librarians volunteered to manage the library. In 1992 The Friends had 95 members. In 2012, the Friends' membership numbered 1006 households.
Several moves later, each to larger facilities, the library changed its focus. The time had come to move from serving only the residents of Tellico Village. In 1997, the library became The Tellico Village Public Library to serve the residents of all the surrounding communities. In October 2012, the library moved into a 6442 square foot building financed through a special loan from the United States Rural Development Agency. The mortgage and operating expenses are the responsibility of the Friends of the Tellico Village Library.
The name of the library was changed to The Public Library at Tellico Village to reflect the fact that the library serves the entire county and surrounding communities. Its vision is to be the center for lifelong learning, providing access to the information that will fulfill personal growth, cultural enrichment and knowledge in all fields of interest.