February 3: All Memphis Public Libraries will close today at 3:00 PM due to inclement weather.

All Memphis Public Libraries locations are closed today for Labor Day.

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Check out our newsletter for what’s coming up in October!!!

Fall Fun at Memphis Public Libraries


Fall is in the air, and Memphis Public Libraries has a full lineup of spooky season activities.

Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning

September and October

Memphis Public Libraries is providing continuing education and lifelong learning classes designed to give people an opportunity to grow in their professional and personal lives by offering 4 intense weeks of study in various subject areas such as culinary arts, hairstyling, languages, printing, visual arts, and more.

National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 – October 15

We celebrate the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. Check out upcoming events, books and e-books, and other online resources.

MPL Local Author Awards

Nominate Today

Memphis Public Libraries will hold the first MPL Local Author Awards during February 2023 celebrating and awarding local authors. If you would like to submit a nomination for your or someone else’s work in the various categories, please do so by November 15.

“CheckIt Memphis” Campaign

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library – October 8 – 11:00 AM

Join us and the American Stroke Association for free blood pressure check ups!

Rainbow Family Story-Time

Cordova Library – October 8 – 1:00 PM

Celebrate your uniqueness and learn about respecting others in a fun story-time and craft program.

Reading Buddies

September and October

Students in grades k-3 who are needing assistance with reading can join and learn with the assistance of a reading buddy. Reading buddies will assist students will word identification through fun interactive activities. Students will also have an opportunity to read to their buddy as well. Registration is required. 

The Comic Studio Character Creation Class

South Library – October 10 – 11:00 AM

This workshop will specialize in character creation and design bringing the students imagination to life.

Cordova’s ACT Intensive

Cordova Library – October 10 – 18 – 1:00 PM

This ACT workshop will be at the Cordova Library during Fall break. The instructors will cover Math, Science, Reading, English and test taking skills. 
Registration is required. 

Saturday at The Movies: The Book of Life

Frayser Library – October 15 – 2:00 PM

To close out National Hispanic Heritage Month, join us for the movie “The Book of Life.”

Oktoberfest Personal Finance

Virtual Program – October 17 – 20 – 5:00 PM

Are you interested in budgeting, paying off debt, starting a savings plan, establishing or rebuilding your credit, but don’t know where to start? This is the workshop for you. Registration is required. 

Children’s MakerSpace Project – An Awesome Mobile

Frayser Library – October 27 – 2:00 PM

 In this program, children ages 6-11 take on a project that explores balance and the center of gravity.

Meet the Candidates for November 8 Election

The objective of this Meet the Candidates page is to provide links to official campaign websites that hold details about the candidate (donation only sites not posted) and campaign Facebook pages so that voters can begin to research their options. 

Library Videos & Posts

Have you ever heard of art made with paper towels? Yes, it can be done! Come to the Goodwyn Gallery at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library to see it for yourself. “Hope on Canvas” runs until the end of this month.

Posted by Memphis Public Libraries on Saturday, September 17, 2022

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month. Check out the limited edition Memphis Grizzlies library cards now available!

Posted by Memphis Public Libraries on Monday, September 12, 2022

more ongoing events and services


Second Editions is the place to find gently used books for sale at great bargain prices. Second Editions is located adjacent to the main lobby of the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Avenue.

Dig Memphis archive photo of street with streetlights.


We need your help! Explore images from our digital archive that are missing important details.

See if you can help us fill in some of the gaps.

write in club

Virtual Program – Thursdays – 6:00 PM

Do you love to write? Do you have a novel or similar work gathering dust that needs finishing? Most importantly –do you need the motivation and community of having other writers beside you writing without the distraction of noise and chatter? 

A person writing with a mechanical pencil on paper.

Carnegie Writers’ Group

Virtual – APR 27, MAY 25, JUN 22, JUL 27, AUG 24, SEP 28, OCT 26, DEC 7 – 6:00 PM

The Carnegie Writers, Inc. 
Educate. Write. Collaborate

The Carnegie Writers’ Group (CWG) is a community-based writing group for diverse individuals and genres. The meetings include power writing, writers’ corner, writers’ workshop, guest speaker presentations, and professional reading events. Register now to join us.

Color pencils and shavings on a drawing desk.

Teen Art Squad Online

Join us virtually Wednesdays from 4:30PM to 5:30PM.

Do you like drawing and are looking to brush up on your skills? Or, maybe, you’re new and wish to start learning? Please, join us virtually for our Teen Arts Squad art classes. Learn to draw in structured but fun lessons that aim to improve your understanding of anatomy, perspective, and even character design! No experience needed. Just bring some paper and a pencil!

memphis reads: staff reviews

MEMPHIS READS: MY SISTER, THE SERIAL KILLER by OYINKAN BRAITHWAITE (9/4/2022) - Nathan reviews My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite, Doubleday Books, 2018, 226 pages  My Sister, the Serial Killer… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: MAID by STEPHANIE LAND (8/5/2022) - Andrea reviews MAID:  HARD WORK,  LOW PAY, AND A MOTHER'S WILL TO SURVIVE by Stephanie Land, Hachette Books, 2019, 978-0-316-50511-6, 270… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: BIRD BOX by JOSH MALERMAN (7/22/2022) - Nathan reviews Bird Box by Josh Malerman, HarperCollins, 2014, 262 pages Have you ever read a book you just had… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: FUZZ: WHEN NATURE BREAKS THE LAW by MARY ROACH (6/24/2022) - Nathan reviews Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law by Mary Roach, W.W. Norton & Company, 2021, 308 pages Legumes and… ...Read More

Learn with the Library


Connect with LINC/2-1-1 or search the Tennessee 2-1-1 Database directly.


Search for jobs, improve your skills, prepare for interviews. Video tutorials, practice tests, and more.


Find eBooks, eMagazines, online reference and databases, and the home of our Virtual Health Information Center.


Check out our local history, genealogy, U.S. / World History and Social Sciences.

We have an extensive digital archive called Dig Memphis. You can also check out our Memphis/Shelby County Room and Old Maps Collection.


A collection of library services that our seniors love, including links to Libby, Book Clubs, Local History, LINC/2-1-1, and Volunteering.


Resources for Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, and High School students. Several of our resources are available online!


Browse all of our topics including Cooking & Food, Health & Wellness, Language Learning, Personal Finance, and much more.

Browse our Collection


Sign up for a library card online. You can also renew your card or retrieve your PIN information.


Catalog Tips and Tricks, Reading Suggestions, Author Interviews, Book Clubs, and more!


Download Books, Audiobooks, and Magazines! View instructions on using our resources and request support.


Alphabetical list of all online research databases.

About The Library


Branch details, contact information, Facebook links, and more.


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Join our Friends of the Library! Information on Book Donations, Book Sales, Second Editions, Amazon Book Store, and more.


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Supporting the Library through private donations and more. See how you can help today!


Keep up with the Library with these bimonthly reports showcasing some of the events and services we provide daily.

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Don’t just hear it from us. See what every one else is saying about the programs and services of the Memphis Public Libraries!



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Start your genealogical journey today!


Are you missing the ability to browse our shelves for books for your children? Use Book Bundles and we’ll pick out a bundle of books for your child!


Search the local newspaper all the way back to 1847.


Dig Memphis, the Memphis Public Libraries' Digital Archive

Check out our online Digital Archives and explore Memphis history through photos and more!


Linkedin Learning

Formerly known as Tons of online training courses that are all available online right in your own home! Library card is required! Sign up for a card online today!


Memphis Sound Connection logo

Streaming current local music for free. Local musicians: Submit a sample for inclusion.


The New York Times logo

The New York Times digital subscription is available at home!

Libby by OverDrive

Check out E-books and E-AudioBooks through Libby by OverDrive! You can visit the new Libby site or visit the original OverDrive site.

Illustration of Libby the OverDrive mascot for their new look!


Our magazine collection has moved to Libby! Check out our collection of current and popular magazines.