The Bristol Public Library proudly serves the unique city of Bristol, located in both Tennessee and Virginia. The famous Bristol Sign that marks the boundary between the two states proclaims it “A Good Place to Live.”

The Bristol Public Library takes an active role in the development of our city and community; providing residents a place to learn, read or just relax with the daily newspaper in a beautiful comforting atmosphere.

Bristol Public Library offers special areas of interest for children, and teens. We offer many special events like movies, genealogy workshops, reading programs and adult education classes.

The Bristol Public Library has two locations for your convenience. The Main Library is in Bristol, Virginia, and the Avoca Branch is in Bristol, Tennessee.

The Bristol Library Association began as the inspiration of the 1900 Club – the first women’s study club in Bristol. In 1929 this group’s hard work bore fruit when the ladies convinced the cities of Bristol, Tennessee and Bristol, Virginia to come together for their first co-owned property: the Bristol Public Library.

We celebrate the members of our community, who, with compassion, energy and vision, assist the Bristol Public Library in fulfilling its mission of “Expanding Minds and Building Community.”

Your library staff is committed to meeting your needs for reading, learning and information. We encourage you to join us by volunteering your time at the Bristol Public Library. You may also assist by serving on one of several library committees.

The Bristol Public Library promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, access and has pledged to be a welcoming and safe place for everyone. The Bristol Public Library is breastfeeding friendly and has changing stations in multiple restrooms.

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