Benjamin L Hooks Central Library

Benjamin L Hooks Central Library

Address: 3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis TN 38111-3527
Phone: (901)415-2700, more phone numbers can be found on the Telephone Numbers page.
Hours:  Monday - Thursday 10am - 8pm, Friday - Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 1PM-5PM
Holiday Closings for all Memphis Public Library & Information Center libraries can be found here.
Storytimes: See the Children's Department page.


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Benjamin L Hooks Central Library is located between Poplar Avenue, Walnut Grove, Holmes, and Tillman and next to Chickasaw Oaks Plaza/Village. Click here for a map and directions.



Also at Benjamin L Hooks Central Library:

Special Needs @ YOUR LIBRARY

The Library has accomodations for residents with special needs. Customers can choose from special materials in the collection, high and low technology aids, and links to services from the state of Tennessee. Visit the Special Needs Services page for more information.

Departments and Special Collections @ YOUR LIBRARY


The Benjamin L Hooks Central Library houses subject departments with many special collections and services. The links below will take you to the departmental page which fully describes the collection or service. If you can't find what you are looking for try the Search MPLIC Web Sites page, or call us at (901)415-2700.


Magazines & Newspapers Collection

To locate magazines, newspapers, and other periodicals at the Benjamin L Hooks Central Library, visit the Magazines & Newspapers Guide below.

Popular Library Collection

To locate the most popular bestsellers, videos, DVD's and other items, visit the Popular Library Collection Guide below.


Computers @ YOUR LIBRARY


Public Computers At The Benjamin L Hooks Central Library

The Benjamin L Hooks Central Library offers 119 public computers for searching the Internet, checking e-mail, using Microsoft Word and other programs, and accessing information from electronic databases. PCs are available on a first-come-first-served basis on all floors. There are also several PCs reserved for searching subject-specific databases in the Business and Sciences Department (3rd floor) and the History Department (4th floor) and for use by teens in the Humanities Department (2nd floor). Please ask department staff for details about using these. The Benjamin L Hooks Central Library also provides Internet access to customers with personal laptop computers.

Standard-size black-and-white ($0.20/page) and color printouts ($1.00/page) can be made from any of our PCs by purchasing a Library Printing Debit Card. Card vending machines and print stations are located on each floor. The 3rd floor print station also offers 11x17 color printouts for $1.50 per sheet. Our public service staff will be happy to assist you in purchasing a card and in sending and retrieving your print jobs.

The library Internet Use Policy and the Computer Assistance Policy apply at the Benjamin L Hooks Central Library and all branches. Computer classes are also available to assist people wanting to learn basic PC skills and Internet search techniques.


To help jobseekers, the Benjamin L Hooks Central Library is offering resume and online application assistance. The service is first-come, first-served. Unlike computers on the public floors, computers are available for the entire three-hour period.

JobLab is an open-door lab providing in-depth assistance to jobseekers, particularly with:

  • Job-Related Searches
  • Resume Writing & Formatting
  • Online Applications

JobLab Schedule:

2nd Monday of each month
from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Participants should be prepared and bring all pertinent information, such as job history, dates of employment, contact information, etc. Participants are required to provide their own storage media.

Meeting Rooms @ YOUR LIBRARY

Meeting Room


Study Rooms

The Benjamin L Hooks Central Library offers private rooms which are available for study, discussion or tutoring. Study rooms are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Study rooms may not be reserved in advance. The Library may find it necessary to use study rooms for official Library events so the number available varies. See the Study Room page for more information.

Items for Sale at Check-Out Desk @ YOUR LIBRARY

The Check-Out Desk at each library has a handy "store" of useful items for sale