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Visitor's Guide

The Library Reading Room, the Microfilm Reading Room and Manuscripts at TSLA are open Tuesday through Saturday 8:00am - 4:30pm (Central Time). Legislative History is open Tuesday through Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm (Central Time). TSLA will always be closed on Mondays.

Please note: Archival materials are available for retrieval between the hours of 8:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. If you know you will need materials between 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, please call ahead to the Public Services section at 615-741-2764 or e-mail TSLA. We will do our best to accommodate your request.

The Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH), which is located in the TSLA building, will remain open Mondays through Fridays from 8:00am to 4:30pm (Central Time). It is strongly recommended that LBPH patrons call ahead on Mondays since the rest of the building will be closed.

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Federal holidays will be observed on the following dates:

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday, January 19, 2015
President's Day Monday, February 16, 2015
Good Friday Friday, April 3, 2015
Memorial Day Monday, May 25, 2015
Independence Day Friday, July 3, 2015
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Labor Day Monday, September 7, 2015
Columbus Day* Monday, October 12, 2015
Veterans Day Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Thanksgiving * Thursday, November 26, 2015
Christmas Friday, December 25, 2015
New Years Friday, January 1, 2016

* The Governor may, at his discretion, substitute the Friday after the fourth Thursday in November for the Columbus Day holiday.


The Tennessee State Library and Archives is located at 403 7th Avenue North immediately west of the State Capitol Building. The Tennessee Supreme Court Building (at the corner of 7th Avenue North and Charlotte Avenue) is located beside the library.

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Parking is available in a limited number of designated visitor spots at the front and side of the Tennessee State Library and Archives building. Visitors CANNOT park in the NUMBERED spots around the building; these spots are reserved Monday - Friday and unauthorized cars will be ticketed and / or towed. On Saturdays, these numbered spots are not reserved and may be used by visitors to the library. Additional parking is available in public lots throughout downtown. Many of the lots are within a few blocks' walking distance to TSLA.

TSLA visitor parking on the street near our building is limited. Visitors may wish to use one of the for-profit lots downtown. The web page Visitor's Guide: Parking describes the lots closest to the TSLA building.


Registration & Security
All TSLA patrons are required to present a state or federal ID card (such as a drivers license) when entering the building. The patron will be issued a registration card. When entering and leaving the building, patrons will present their briefcase, bag, backpack, purse, and / or notebook for examination by the guard. Lockers are available for storage of patrons' belongings during their visit. We are not responsible for items left unattended in the reading rooms. Visitors using original manuscripts will be required to leave their belongings in a locker.
Backpacks are not allowed into the main area of TSLA and must be stored in a locker. If a backpack is too large to fit in a locker, then it must either be locked in the patron's vehicle or stored in the main lobby while using TSLA materials.

Computers, Laptops, and Scanning Devices
Internet access is available on the computers in our Central Reading Room.  A 30 minute time limit may be imposed if other patrons are waiting.  Additional guidelines are posted by the computers. 

Personal laptops may be used in the building.

Cameras are permitted only in the open access areas of Public Service, not in the Archives and Manuscripts Reading Area.

At the discretion of the Librarian on duty, scanners may be allowed in the Tennessee Reading Room and the Legislative History Reading Room, but NOT in the Manuscripts Reading Area. Items are considered on a case-by-case basis depending upon condition, copyright, and donor restrictions.

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Updated February 26, 2015


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