Macon County Public Library

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Macon County Public Library

311 Church Street
Lafayette, TN 37083
(615) 666-4340 (Voice)
(615) 666-8932 (Fax)


Library Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday -
9:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Thursday - 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday - 8:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.


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Red Boiling Springs Branch Library

335 E Main Street
Red Boiling Springs, TN 37150
(615) 699-3701 (Voice)
(615) 699-3777 (Fax) 


Library Hours:
Tuesday - Friday 12 noon - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday - 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

The Libraries

Founded in 1957, the Macon County Library System serves residents with facilities in both Lafayette and Red Boiling Springs.

Macon County Public Library, located in Lafayette, serves as the County's main library.  After initial beginnings in a storefront in 1957, the library was relocated to to a newly constructed 3,200 square foot facility in 1972.  A new addition in 1994 brought the building to its current size of 4,894 square feet.

Red Boiling Springs Branch Library, after years of operation in a converted mobile home, moved to a newly-constructed 3,000 square foot facility in 1997.

Both Macon County Public Library and Red Boiling Springs Branch Library provide residents with free popular materials and strive to provide duplicate copies of high-demand titles.  Additionally, both libraries strive to support local educational efforts by providing non-fiction materials, early childhood learning materials, and public access computers.

Library Cards

A library card is required to borrow materials.  Free cards are issued to Macon County residents as well as non-residents who are: students or parents of students in the County school system; or persons employed in the County.  For those who do not qualify for a free card, a card can be issued for a one-time fee of $10.00 per person or $20.00 per household.

To obtain a card, an applicant must show a valid driver's license or photo ID and proof of current address (utility bill, checkbook imprint, voter registration, etc.)  Patrons under 14 years of age must have a parent or legal guardian present in order to obtain a library card.  Each cardholder, or parent or legal guardians for patrons under 18 years of age, assumes full responsibility for all overdue fees and replacement cost of lost or damaged materials upon receiving a library card. 

Lost cards are replaced for $1.00 for the first loss and $5.00 for each subsequent replacement. 



Books for adults, young adults, and children
Large print books
Audio Books
Graphic Novels for adults, young adults, and children
Genealogical records
GED, SAT, ASVAB, and Nursing study materials (These items are located behind the circulation desk.)
Federal tax forms
County records and Macon County Times on microfilm
Free WI-FI and Public access computers and laptops with Internet connections


Overdue Materials

Regular Books / Audio Books:  The overdue penalty for books returned late is $0.10 per book per day.  Books are initially loaned for a period of two weeks and may be renewed one time for an additional two weeks.

Reserved Books/Audio Books:  Books/Audio Books on the reserved list carry an overdue penalty of $0.10 per day.  Reserved books/audio books are loaned for a period of seven days and may not be renewed. Any item may be placed on reserve via a phone call or in person.  Any reserved item not picked up within 3 business days after notification will be returned to circulation or go to the next patron on the reserve list.

DVDs:  The overdue penalty for DVDs is $2.00 per movie per day.  Additionally, there is a $2.00 per movie charge for placing DVDs in the book night drop because of potential damage when other items are dropped on top. (This fee only applies to the Red Boiling Springs Branch Library.) The loan period for DVDs is five days.  For example, a DVD borrowed on Monday would be due on that Friday.

Class Required Reading Materials:  Because of limited copies of each book on school-required reading lists, students may borrow only one book at a time from that particular collection.  Another may be borrowed upon return of the previous book.  Again, because of demand versus available copies, these books may not be renewed.  Overdue penalties are $0.10 per day late.

Study Materials: GED, SAT, ASVAB, and Nursing study materials are available at the circulation desk. The overdue penalty for these materials is $0.10 per book per day and $0.20 per book per day if that item is on reserve.

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