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Gorham-MacBane Public Library 
(615)
384-5123
Email Gorham-MacBane Public Library

Location
Library Hours

Vision Statement
Mission Statement
History
Staff
Getting a Card
Checking Out
Other Services

 

Programs
Outreach Programs
Geneology Research
Memorial Gifts
Future Expansion
Jurisdiction
Library Board of Directors
Contact Information

 

LOCATION
The Gorham-MacBane Public Library is situated within Springfield's Historic Preservation District at 405 White Street.

LIBRARY HOURS
The library is open on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

VISION STATEMENT
The citizens of Springfield and Robertson County will have the information and materials necessary for independent and personal growth.

MISSION STATEMENT
Gorham-MacBane Public Library furnishes materials and services that help people of all ages in the community to continue their education independently, arouse curiosity for further study and help with scholastic studies. The library strives to provide patrons with current materials of various kinds and promotes active use of the library facilities by all patrons.

HISTORY
A free library for Springfield and Robertson County was established in 1923 by the Springfield Short Story Club and was first housed at the Glenn Memorial building from 1946 until the Gorham-MacBane Public Library opened its doors in 1969.

STAFF
The library is staffed by five (5) full-time employees, including the Director and the Children's Librarian, and nine (9) part-time employees.

GETTING A CARD
Use of the Gorham-MacBane Public Library is not limited to residents of Robertson County. Residents of surrounding counties in Tennessee and Kentucky are patrons of the library.

In order to check-out items you must first obtain a library card. In making an application for a library card, it will be necessary for you to present a document with your current mailing address on it such as a driver's license, check book, telephone bill or utility bill. You will also be required to submit the name, address and telephone number of a contact person. The contact person must be someone who does not reside in your household.

CHECKING OUT
Books, magazines and audio materials are checked out for two (2) weeks and the overdue fine is ten cents ($0.10) a day per item.

Video materials are checked out for one (1) week and the overdue fine is one dollar ($1.00) a day per item.

Patrons who owe more than five dollars ($5.00) in fines or have items overdue more than thirty (30) days are not allowed to check out items or use computers until their debts have been cleared.

OTHER SERVICES
The Gorham-MacBane Public Library also provides the following services:

  • Specific book titles can be acquired through interlibrary loan.
  • Seven (7) computers with Internet access are available free to patrons, but there are time limits.
  • The library conference room is available for use by groups during regular hours of operation. It is necessary to contact the library staff well ahead of time in order to reserve the room because the conference room is used for regular library programming as well.
  • Faxes may be sent or received by patrons at a charge of one dollar ($1.00) per page.
  • Copier service is available at a charge of fifteen cents ($0.15) per copy or twenty-five cents ($0.25) per copy for front and back. Ten (10) or more copies of the same item are ten cents ($0.10) each.
  • The library is an approved site for the Tennessee Boating Test. Testing takes place Monday through Friday during regular business hours.
  • Voter registration forms may be obtained throughout the year; and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) income tax forms and instructions can be obtained during the months of February, March and April of each year.

PROGRAMS
The library offers a variety of programs including the following:

  • Lap-sit for Toddlers: Monday at 10:30 a.m.
  • Preschool Story Time: Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.
  • School-age Program: Thursday at 2:30 p.m. during the summer months
  • Summer Reading Program: Preschool through high school
  • Summer Teen Program events: Check with the library staff for times
  • Fall Reading Fun: Preschool through 3rd grade two (2) weeks during the fall
  • Adult Book Club: Last Monday of the month at 3:30 p.m.

OUTREACH PROGRAMS
The library has various outreach programs. Please contact the library staff for information about these programs.

GENEALOGY RESEARCH
The library has materials for genealogy research. The Robertson County Times and the Springfield Herald are available on microfilm as well as many county records and some church records. Census records and files collected by Jean Durrett are also available.

MEMORIAL GIFTS
The library accepts memorial and honor gifts. In order to place a book or make a donation to the library, please call (615) 384-5123. The library prefers to purchase the books placed in the library in order to fit the book to the person. The library also has a building fund to which donations may be made in honor or memory of persons. The family of the person honored by any memorial or gift is always notified by the library staff.

FUTURE EXPANSION
The Board of Directors of the Gorham-MacBane Public Library is currently working with the City of Springfield and Robertson County to prepare plans for the future expansion and renovation of the library at its present location. The city and county are in the process of acquiring the necessary land for the expansion and an architectural firm has been retained to design the improvements.

In addition to public funding from the City of Springfield and Robertson County, the Library Board is looking for private donations and grants from nonprofit organizations, corporations, businesses and individuals to help defray the costs to the city and county of designing, constructing, furnishing and equipping the new and renovated structure.

JURISDICTION
The Gorham-MacBane Public Library's annual operating budget is funded equally by the City of Springfield and Robertson County. The Gorham-MacBane Public Library Board of Directors oversees the operation of the library, establishes policies and hires the Library Director.

The State of Tennessee supports the library through the Warioto Regional Library Center. Although the library does not receive monetary support from this organization, its does receive educational support, books, videos and tapes.

LIBRARY BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Library Board of Directors meets at the library on the second (2nd) Friday of every odd-numbered month at 11 a.m. and the public is invited to attend. The members of the Library Board are as follows:

Phyllis Morriss, Chairman
Charles Cantrell
Raymond Francis
Paul Fuqua
Mary Sue Head
Jane Ligon
James Marshall
Walton Plummer
Cindy Sneed

Paul Fuqua and Jane Ligon also serve on the Board of Directors of the Warioto Regional Library Center.


CONTACT INFORMATION
Gorham-MacBane Public Library
405 White Street
Springfield, TN 37172
Telephone: (615) 384-5123
Fax: (615) 384-0106
Ms. Chris Hall, Library Director
E-mail the Library Director

 
   

 

The City of Springfield does not discriminate based on race, color, or national origin in federal or state sponsored programs, pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000d). La Ciudad de Springfield no discrimina basado en la carrera, el color ni el origen nacional en federal ni el estado patrocino los programas, para Titular conforme a VI del Acto de Derechos Civiles de 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000d).

 

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