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

All Memphis Public Libraries will be closed Monday June 20th in observance of the Juneteenth Holiday.

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Explore Memphis 2022

June 1 – July 31

Join us for Explore Memphis 2022 where an Ocean of Possibilities await. We have a Reading Challenge where you can log your minutes and become eligible for prize drawings. We have events for all ages, as well as Summer Camps.

Explore Memphest

July 9 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Hollywood Community Center

Come out and celebrate everything Memphis at the Ed Rice Community Center.  There will be food, fun, live music and more!

3D Pen Week

June 21-25 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Whitehaven Library

3D Pen Week at the Whitehaven Library will feature four days of fun, interesting projects and techniques for teens to create. From key chains to buildings, anything can be possible!

PopWhite’s Garden Fest and Ribbon Cutting

June 24 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Poplar-White Station Library

Join Memphis Public Library, the Memphis Library Foundation, and all our community partners in cutting the ribbon on our brand new Urban Garden. Put on some gloves, pick up a shovel, and adopt a plant! Learn from local experts from the Tennessee State University! Kids can enjoy a fun craft with the Dixon Gallery with more activities and goodies from Memphis City Beautiful

Baptist Memorial Health Care: Mobile Mammography Unit

June 28 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Benjamin L. Hooks Library

Schedule your screening mammogram with Baptist Memorial Health Care’s mobile mammography unit. Insurance, self-pay, or grant funding available to qualified applicants. To schedule your appointment, call Baptist Central Schedulers at 901-227-4433. Be sure to specify that you want the mobile unit on June 28th!

Jookin’ Memphis Style Dance Lesson

June 30 2:30 – 3:30 PM
North Library

Are you a Jookin’ fan? Or, have you ever wondered how to jook? Well you’ve come to the right place! New Ballet of Memphis will host a jookin’ session for all who are interested in learning this popular Memphis created dance. Space is limited to 15 attendees. Please register online.

Teen Cooking

June 30 3:00 PM
Raleigh Library

Cooking is a vital skill to have in life. Confidence in cooking ability led to fewer fast-food meals, more meals as a family, and frequent preparation of meals with vegetables in adulthood. 

Senior Health Fair

Presented by Friends of the Library

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library – July 22 – 11:00 AM

This in-person event is aimed at informing, educating, and connecting local seniors to 60+ community vendors with a myriad of health care resources, wellness information, free health screenings, and free Covid-19 vaccines. In addition, there will be educational seminars, food trucks, entertainment, exercises, giveaways, door prizes and much more!

Meet the Candidates

August 4, 2022

Begin researching the candidates for the August 4th election which includes the Shelby County general election as well as primaries for Federal and State offices.

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.

tax assistance information

Visit LINC/2-1-1’s Tax Information page for the latest information on free tax assistance throughout the community.

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? 


Need assistance with finding low-cost internet offers? JobLINC is partnering with the Public Library Association and Microsoft Corporation to identify existing and new tools to help job seekers gain skills for the jobs of the future, including the EveryoneOn project.

cordova writing club

Cordova Library – Mondays – 3:00 PM

Meet other writers; share your work and get feedback if you want it. Meetings will be every Monday! Join any time. FREE SNACKS to keep you awake and focused!

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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.

happy hour storytime

Virtual – Thursday nights – 7:00 PM

Join Juana and her trained therapy dog, Lovie, for a relaxing, fun evening story time for the whole family.  We play games, sing songs, and learn about the world through award-winning children’s books from our Overdrive Kids collection. 

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

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… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: BAR FLOWER by LEA JACOBSON (6/22/2022) - Andrea reviews BAR FLOWER by Lea Jacobson., St. Martin’s Press, 2008, 978-0-312-36897-5, 340 pages   I am going to be… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: RISING TIDE by JOHN BARRY (5/3/2022) -   Marilyn reviews RISING TIDE by John Barry, Simon & Schuster, 1997, 525 pages.   This was an excellent read… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: HOW TO BE A WOMAN by Caitlin Moran (4/13/2022) - Nathan reviews HOW TO BE A WOMAN by Caitlin Moran, Harper Perennial, 2011, 305 pages I will admit, I received puzzled… ...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


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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!


Coverage from 1894 to Today.

Expanded access until the end of the year! Library card is required to access. Sign up for a card online!


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!


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


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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.