Events  and programming at the Library


October 2017


The Oak Ridge Public Library needs your help. The Public Library is privileged to house the photography collection of Ruth Carey, an original Oak Ridge resident and longtime photographer for the Oak Ridger from the 1960’s to the mid-1990’s.  Her photo collection is vast and varied, including pictures of key political and cultural figures, community events, and weddings. Figures such as Alex Haley and Gilford Glazer, for instance, appear in several photos. Unfortunately, many of the photographs do not include notes about who is in the photograph or when or where it was taken. 

If you would like to help preserve a part of Oak Ridge’s history, please join us for these viewing days. On Saturday, September 23rd from 2-5 pm, Wednesday, October 25th from 10-1pm and Saturday, November 4th from 2-5pm, the library will make the Ruth Carey Collection available for public viewing. If you would like to help identify the people, places, and events in these photographs, please join us. The event will take place in the library auditorium. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. No call or RSVP necessary.

Affordable Care Act Tuesdays at the Oak Ridge Public Library

From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., on the 2nd Tuesday of every month,trained federal navigators will be available at a table in the Main Library to provide one-on-one assistance for those signing up for health insurance under the ACA Exchanges. Local help is available, and 4 in 5 Tennesseans who got covered also received financial assistance.  Call (844) 644-5443 or visit to book an appointment with your navigator at your Library. These events are free and open to the public. For more information on this event and other library programs, please call or email the library at (865) 425-3455 or

Need Some One on One Kindle Help? Make an Appointment at the Library!

Navigating the evolving technological world can be challenging. Websites, devices, and programs are constantly upgraded, changing their appearance and often confusing us in the process.  Joan Kearney, a Kindle enthusiast, has worked at the Oak Ridge Public Library for thirty years and owns different generations of Kindles. Joan will be available for one-on-one-Kindle-tutorials by appointment. She can help walk you through the checkout process on your Kindle device, whether it’s a first generation Kindle, a Kindle app, or the latest version, so you can explore the library’s electronic collection. This is a free program for the community and only requires that you bring your Kindle, your library card number and PIN, and the email address and password associated with your Amazon account. If you do not have a library card, please call the Circulation Desk at 865-425-3455 prior to your Kindle appointment to learn what is needed to create a library account. For more information about this program, please call the Library at 865-425-3455 or email the Circulation Librarian at

Oak Ridge Public Library presents programs for the public which educate, enrich, and entertain our community. You do not have to be an Oak Ridge Public Library member or an Oak Ridge resident to take advantage of our workshops and presentations. In addition, they can also provide exposure for your nonprofit organization or business. If you would like to be added to the email notification list, present or build a program, or have any questions about adult programming (this is separate from Children’s Room programs), please contact the Circulation Librarian at (865) 425-3455 or