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Cornelia Crenshaw Branch Library
Address: 531 Vance Avenue Memphis, TN 38126
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fri & Sun CLOSED, Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Holiday Closings for all Memphis Public Library & Information Center libraries can be found here.
Storytime: - every other Thursday at 10:00 am (ages 3-5). Contact the branch for more information.
The Cornelia Crenshaw Branch Library is located on Vance Avenue next door to the King of Discount Food Mart which is at the intersection of Vance Avenue and Lauderdale Street.
This historical library has a variety of materials and services to offer to all ages and segments of the Vance Community.
Historical Overview: The Vance Branch Library opened in 1939 and was the first Memphis Public Library African Americans were allowed to use. To learn more, view the Cornelia Crenshaw Branch Library History.
The library has 12 computers for browsing the Internet (including email), accessing information online, or for use with word processing etc. are available for public use. See the Internet Use Policy and the Computer Assistance Policy for more information.
Crenshaw Library has a collection consisting of fiction, non-fiction, popular best sellers, talking books, a parent-teacher section, books written by African-American authors, and reference books and magazines.
Job and Career Center
Crenshaw Library is one of the branches in the system with a Job and Career Center. This collection includes books on the following subjects:
- Cover Letters
- Career Encyclopedias
- College Guides
- Federal Aid
- Test Preparation Booklets (GED, ACT, SAT, ASVAB, POSTAL available for checking out and for sale.)
Job listings the library receives from a number of local companies are posted on the Job & Career section of the spacious community information bulletin board located in the front area of the library. For more Job and Career information visit the JobLINC Job and Career Center page.
There are programs conducted by community organizations. Periodically, speakers are provided for programs on subjects of interest for the Vance community. Please check the InfoDATES, News and Events at Your Memphis Public Libraries for all programming and events. Reservations may be required.
Young Adult Services
Exchange of Ideas is a teen mentoring program offered on every other Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
Please check the InfoDATES, News and Events at Your Memphis Public Libraries for all programming and events. Reservations may be required.
A meeting room with a seating capacity of up to 60 people is available for use. Call for reservations.
Items for Sale at Check-Out Desk
The Check-Out Desk at each library has a handy "store" of useful items for sale
Library tours are offered for all ages. (Call for reservations.) A spacious community information bulletin board is available for posting events.
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