About Us

In 1929, the Bristol Library Association--an offshoot of the 1900 Club, which still meets at the library today--brought together the cities of Bristol, Virginia, and Bristol, Tennessee, to foster the creation of their first co-owned property:  the Bristol Public Library.  Since then, the Bristol Public Library has gone through many incarnations, before settling at our current location at 701 Goode Street.

Today, we service the Bristol, TN/VA area, including Sullivan County, Tennessee, and Washington County, Virginia, and we have two locations:  our Main Library in Bristol, VA, and our Avoca Branch Library in Bristol, TN.  We currently host a variety events at our libraries, including teen/tween programs during the week, storytelling and crafts with our children's department, computer courses and 3D printing through the Jones Creativity Center, GED and ESL classes with Mount Rogers Regional Adult Education, and much, much more.

We are continually adding new programs to our calendar in an effort to live up to our mission of "Expanding Minds and Building Community"--and to make Bristol, as our most famous sign attests, "a good place to live."
For upcoming events, please see our Calendar of Events.  And for more information on our children's and teen programming, don't forget to check out our Facebook accounts for our Children's Library (and meet Citrus) and our BPL Teens for daily updates.

And if you'd like to come by for a visit, please feel free to drop in during our hours of operation:
Bristol Public Library, Main                                       Avoca Branch Library
Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.                        Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday - Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.                            Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.                                            Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
                                                                                   Sunday, Closed

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