Ardmore Public Library
PO Box 517
Ardmore, TN 38449
Mon – Fri 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sun – Closed
In 1957, a Blue Grass Regional Library bookmobile out of Columbia, Tennesee began leaving books at the Lewter’s Hardware Store in Ardmore, Tennessee. The first few books were circulated through the honor system, and were later checked out by the signing of the borrower’s name.
By 1960-61, the circulation had increased to 937 and kept increasing into the middle 1970’s. Some local women decided that Ardmore needed a library so they sought help from Joy Mowery, the Tennessee Blue Grass Regional Director.
In 1976, a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the first Ardmore Community Library was held on Saturday, April 23, 1977, in the Ardmore, Tennessee’s City Hall. It was jointly funded by Ardmore, Alabama, and Ardmore, Tennessee, and was stocked with 1,000 books by the Regional Library Service of Tennessee State Library. It was opened each Tuesday and Thursday from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m., and each Saturday from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m., and was run solely by volunteers. A fee of 25 cents was charged for a library card. By the end of 1977, the library was able to hire its first librarian.
In 2004, the library became fully automated and had obtained a grant so that the library could have 4 public internet computers while continuing to grow at a steady rate. Later due to its growth, it qualified to become a public library.
IIn 2008, The Ardmore Public Library was able to move to 25836 Main Street into a new 4,000 square foot building. The library had over 5,000 patrons and 27,943 materials with a circulation of 27,870 that year.
It is currently opened 9am to 6pm Monday through Friday and 9am to 1pm on Saturdays with twelve public DSL accessible computers.