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Black History Month

Multiple Locations & Times
Check out the programs the pay homage to those who paved the way to progress!

MPL Gardening Programs

Multiple Locations & Times
A healthy life starts with a green thumb! The library welcomes you to many of our gardening programs to grow your own foods or simply learn a new agricultural skill!

Memphis Music Listening Party

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Jan 30 – 7:00 PM
IMAKEMADBEATS will be paying us a visit. Enjoy music from Memphis’ very own.

Creative Aging presents “Women in Art”

Cordova Library
Feb 2 – 1:30 PM
Join us for our 6 week class! Registration is open!

Find Your Voice, Songwriting Workshop

Frayser Library
Feb 4 – 3:30 PM
This workshop is for anyone who has an interest in learning and practicing the craft of songwriting!

Musical Tribute To 1968 Sanitation Workers

North Library
Feb 4 – 12:30 PM
Join us as we pay tribute to the 1300 sanitation workers who marched  for dignity in 1968.

Valentine’s Chocolate Covered Strawberries!

Bartlett Library
Feb 14 – 1:30 PM
Let’s have fun making these and show how “berry’ much we love our loved ones!

Teen Talk

East Shelby Library
Feb 18 – 2:00 PM
Healthy relationships are important. Let’s learn how to build them together!

Community Art Academy 2023 – Registration

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Feb 15 – 4:30 PM
Community Art Academy is back and IN PERSON!!  If your kids love art, the Community Art Academy is the perfect opportunity for them! Kids age 9-12.

Free Tax Assistance

Scan our list of free tax help throughout the community.

Designers & Data: Tech Wearables

Weekly Classes
This program aims to help students depict how technology merges with fashion and provides students with the hands-on skills required to succeed in this field.

Memphis Public Libraries Newsletter

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Memphis Public Libraries Highlights

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Library Videos

Fashion and technology merge in this FREE Memphis Public Library program

Does your child want to learn how to make a heated coat or dress that lights up? This program will teach them how to do just that!

Posted by Memphis Public Libraries on Friday, January 13, 2023

Have you ever been evicted or worried it could happen to you? Are you concerned about the housing crisis in Memphis? The Memphis Public Interest Law Center, Black Clergy Collaborative of Memphis, and Memphis Public Library present Evicted, a multi-media exhibition that explores the causes and consequences of housing insecurity through the eyes and voices of those who have experienced eviction. Evicted, a traveling exhibit from the National Building Museum opens to the public on December 3 at the Benjamin L Hooks Central Library. In addition to the organizations previously mentioned, additional event sponsors are the Memphis Library Foundation, Hyde Family Foundation, Tennessee Arts Commission, ArtsMemphis, and the National Building Museum.

Posted by Memphis Public Libraries on Monday, November 14, 2022

The Evicted exhibit is now open to the public through January 21st at the Benjamin L Hooks Central Library. It looks at…

Posted by Memphis Public Libraries on Monday, December 5, 2022

Cordova High School Choir did a fantasic job this morning! It was amazing!

Posted by Memphis Public Libraries on Friday, December 16, 2022

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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!

LINC 2-1-1 Community Information

If you are looking for help, or want to provide someone with help, just dial 2-1-1 to reach the community information and referral resources of LINC, the Library Information Center at the Memphis Public Library.


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.

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Memphis Library Foundation

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

MPL by the Numbers

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

MPL in the News

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