Ocoee River Regional Library
This Web site is designed to be a "resource center" for the librarians and library trustees of the Ocoee River Region. All other visitors are also welcome, as this website will familiarize visitors with the services and programs of the Tennessee Regional Library System.
Vision and Mission
The vision of the Ocoee River Regional Library, and its counterpart regional libraries across
the state of Tennessee, is that the citizens of Tennessee will have
the information they need for personal growth and development.
The mission of the Tennessee Regional Library System is to make libraries better by:
The Ocoee River Regional Library is a support
service agency of the Tennessee
State Library and Archives, Tennessee
Department of State. The regional library center is one
of nine multi-county regional library centers across the state,
combining their efforts as the Tennessee Regional
The Ocoee River Regional Library provides a wide range of services to its 26 member public libraries, including leadership and guidance, materials support, technology support, and training.
The Ocoee River Regional Library celebrates its 73rd year of service to the East Tennessee library community in 2012.
The history of this region goes back as far as 1939, with the establishment of library service by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and the Tennessee Department of Education to the families of the workers building the Watts Bar Dam. The Ocoee River Regional Library Board of Trustees, officially organized by the state in July, 1955, acts as an advisory board to oversee the programs and services of the Ocoee River Regional Library Center.
The Ocoee River Regional Library Center acts as a service link between the Tennessee State Library and Archives (Tennessee Department of State) and the library boards and public libraries in its nine-county service area. The regional library coordinates local library services and provides certain services to the public and to the member libraries.
The Ocoee River service area covers 3,489 square miles and has a population of 481,882 (2010 census). The regional library presently serves twenty-six public libraries in nine counties.