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The Library will be reopening to the public on November 2nd.
book drop, curbside, and lobby service available.

newly added resources

mobile hotspots

We are now offering Wi-Fi hotspots for check out!

These devices are being provided free of charge thanks, in part, to grant funding. Hotspots may be placed on hold and picked up during our Curbside Delivery hours.

To place a hold on a hotspot, visit our catalog and search for ‘hotspot.’ They have a loan period of 1 week and can be returned in the outdoor bookdrop. Overdue hotspots will accrue late fees and be deactivated.

ORPL, unfortunately, cannot guarantee the Wi-Fi devices will always be free of charge, but we are thankful for the opportunity to provide these hot spots at no cost for as long as possible.

re-imagine oak ridge

World Wise Wednesdays presents Wayne Blasius, Community Development Director, on October 21st at 12:00pm. He will offer a presentation on a once-in-a-generation opportunity to define Oak Ridge’s downtown in a way that honors our past and enables an equally extraordinary future.

Register for the webinar here! 
After you register, you will receive an email about how to access the program.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Oak Ridge Public Library.

videoconferencing 101

On October 29th, earn basic videoconferencing tips, strategies, and techniques to use in today’s virtual world of meetings and classes in Videoconferencing 101: Meetings & Classes.

In this introductory class attendees will learn about key aspects of videoconferencing including:
  • Sound/Audio
  • Lighting/Camera
  • Tools/Connection
  • Security
  • Etiquette
  • Presentations
Whether through virtual meetings or classes, videoconferencing platforms are wonderful tools that enable us to connect, communicate and learn while continuing to social distance. Though not new, these platforms are being used more than ever and this class is designed to help new users and help more experienced users improve their skills. Questions are welcome.

Register for the webinar here!
After you register, you will receive an email about how to access the program.

the incredible journey

On Wednesday, September 30th, watch the Stormwater Americorps volunteers as they present a fun lesson on how the water cycle works and how it connects everything around us. Watch the video here!

The lesson will be followed by a craft activity focusing on ‘The Incredible Journey” of a water molecule. The library will be handing out Grab & Go bags during curbside service starting Monday Sept. 28th. Pick up a bag to receive all the materials to do the video activities.

Can’t stop by between 1-6? Links to printable materials will be attached to the video once it's uploaded!

2020 election

Early voting for the 2020 Election runs from Wednesday, October 14th through Thursday, October 29th. View the Anderson County sample ballot here and the Roane County sample ballot here.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot is Tuesday, October 27th. For more information on absentee ballots, click here.

Other helpful resources for the 2020 Election:

seed catalog

Thinking about starting a fall garden? Now is the perfect time to order seeds! 

Check-out our inventory of seeds in our online seed catalog! Getting free seeds from Oak Ridge Public Library is as simple as browsing our seed catalog, filling out this online order form, and picking up the seeds at our curbside service area!

upcoming webinars

Re-Imagine Oak Ridge 
World Wise Wednesday
October 21st @ Noon

Videoconferencing 101:
Technology Class

October 29th @ 1:00pm

The Incredible Journey 

Wise Water Wednesday
October 28th