Lawson McGhee Library


500 W Church Ave SW
Knoxville TN  37902

Phone: (865) 215-8722

The Lawson McGhee Library is the main library of Knox County Public Library in Knoxville, Tennessee. It is located at 500 West Church Avenue in downtown Knoxville.The library was established in 1885 with a $50,000 donation from Knoxville businessman Charles McClung McGhee, and named for McGhee's daughter, May Lawson McGhee, who had died suddenly in 1883.The current Lawson McGhee Library building was designed by architect Bruce McCarty.

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Mon: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tue: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wed: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm



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Past Events

We Read YA March Book Club

We Read YA March Book Club
06:00 pm - 03/30/2017

At Lawson McGhee Library

Join us for our next monthly "We Read YA" book club in March! We'll be reading 2017 William C. Morris award-winning book, "The Serpent King" and Skyping with the...

Purim Story Time

Purim Story Time
03:30 pm - 03/05/2017

At Lawson McGhee Library

Come in costume and enjoy the tales of Purim Hamentashen cookies, arts and crafts, music, and more Stories and projects for all ages For more information contact...

We Read YA Monthly Book Club

We Read YA Monthly Book Club
06:00 pm - 01/26/2017

At Lawson McGhee Library

January's book is "The Female of the Species" by Mindy McGinnis. Light refreshments will be provided. This is a free event, open to teachers, librarians, parents,...

Monsoon Wedding Screening & Discussion

Monsoon Wedding Screening & Discussion
02:00 pm - 12/04/2016

At Lawson McGhee Library

As part of our Masterpieces of Indian Cinema series, Lawson McGhee Library will be screening another film by Mira Nair: Monsoon Wedding. Monsoon Wedding, winner...

Salaam Bombay! Screening & Discussion

Salaam Bombay! Screening & Discussion
02:00 pm - 11/06/2016

At Lawson McGhee Library

As part of our Indian Film series celebrating India's rich film history and 60th anniversary of independence, we'll be screening “Salaam Bombay” (1988) by the...

SAFTA Reading Series & Pen to Podium Present Rebecca Morgan Frank, TJ Jarrett, and Jordan Zandi

SAFTA Reading Series & Pen to Podium Present Rebecca Morgan Frank, TJ Jarrett, and Jordan Zandi
03:00 pm - 03/06/2016

At Lawson McGhee Library

This month, the Sundress Academy for the Arts Reading Series & Pen to Podium are excited to host three excellent visiting writers: Rebecca Morgan Frank, TJ Jarrett,...

SAFTA Reading Series & Pen to Podium Present Kristen Gipson and Sam Slaughter

SAFTA Reading Series & Pen to Podium Present Kristen Gipson and Sam Slaughter
03:00 pm - 02/07/2016

At Lawson McGhee Library

Don't miss Sundress Academy for the Arts's Feburary Reading Series, featuring visiting writers Kristen Gipson and Sam Slaughter! Kristen Gipson received her MA...

Dead Man Walking Screening - A Big Read Event

Dead Man Walking Screening - A Big Read Event
02:00 pm - 02/07/2016

At Lawson McGhee Library

In "A Lesson Before Dying" Grant Wiggins is enlisted to help Jefferson face his execution with dignity and redempption. Similarily, "Dead Man Walking" tells the...

SAFTA Reading Series & Pen to Podium Present George David Clark and Jeni Wallace

SAFTA Reading Series & Pen to Podium Present George David Clark and Jeni Wallace
03:00 pm - 01/10/2016

At Lawson McGhee Library

The 2016 SAFTA Reading Series kicks off the new year with visiting poet, George David Clark, and local writer and editor, Jeni Wallace! George David Clark is...

Pen to Podium: SAFTA Reading Series

Pen to Podium: SAFTA Reading Series
03:00 pm - 12/06/2015

At Lawson McGhee Library

Pen to Podium: The Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA) Reading Series is an award-winning literary reading series held monthly at Lawson McGhee Library in downtown...

Melanie Jordan and Chad Davidson Reading

Melanie Jordan and Chad Davidson Reading
03:00 pm - 12/06/2015

At Lawson McGhee Library

Melanie Jordan and Chad Davidson will read on Sunday, December 6 at 3:00 in the Lawson McGhee Library meeting room as part of the Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA)...

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