“The mission of the Town of Signal Mountain Library is to provide the community with a core collection of recreational, educational, and informational library materials and technology resources; to assure ease of access to materials; and to provide programs that stimulate awareness and use of library resources.”
Library cards are free to residents of the Town of Signal Mountain. Children may obtain their own Library card when they reach the third grade. The library currently has just over 4,500 members.
People who live outside the Town may obtain a Library card by paying $70 a year. Payment of this fee entitles every member of that immediate family to use the Library for a year.
Patrons may check out books and books on tape or CD for 2 weeks at a time. Movies may be checked out for 1 week. Books and movies may be renewed once as long as they are not on reserve for another patron.
Overdue books accrue a charge of $.25 a day and overdue movies are $1 a day.
Patrons may use one of three computers located in the Reading Room of the Library. Each patron must sign a computer use policy form, and parents are required to sign for their children. There is a $.25 per page charge for printing from the computers.
A copy machine is available for patrons. The charge is $.25 a page.
The Library is equipped with WiFi. Patrons, who wish to use their own computers, may obtain the WiFi password by showing their Library card.
There is a large room on the Library’s lower level that may be reserved for group meetings.
The Library Collection:
- Books: The Library has over 26,000 titles in fiction and non-fiction for preschoolers, children, young adults and adults. Large print books are also available for the visually impaired.
- Audio Books: The Library has over 700 audiotapes and audio CD’s available in current and classic titles for everyone.
- Movies: Current and classic movies for both children and adults are available in either VHS or CD format.
- Local History: The Signal Mountain Historical Committee maintains an archive of materials such as maps, photographs, newspaper clippings, and books on the history of Walden’s Ridge and the Town. Books by local authors Emma Bell Miles, Gordon Wetmore and Mary and William O. Steele are included. Donations of historical items are always welcome.
- Magazines and Newspapers: The Library subscribes to more than 10 magazines and newspapers. The Library subscribes to popular magazines including Newsweek, Consumer Reports, This Old House, Southern Living, People, National Geographic, Cooking Light, Vegetarian Times, Wired and Garden and Gun. Newspapers include the Chattanooga Times Free Press and the New York Times Book Review.
- School Reading Lists: Reading lists are available at the Circulation Desk.