The Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) will change its operating hours at the end of June. Along with the change in hours, TSLA will begin providing access to manuscript collections on Saturdays. Visitors will also soon have a patron lounge where they can take breaks from their research or eat lunch without leaving the building.
Starting July 1, TSLA will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Time. Professional librarians and archivists will be on duty during all business hours and the manuscripts section will be open during those hours. Patrons will still be able to send inquiries to the reference desk any time at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The change in hours will provide service to users during what have been identified as the peak times. The new lounge area will increase comfort for patrons taking breaks from long days of research. A vending machine and cold storage for lunches are among the amenities planned for the small lounge.
The Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH), which is located in the TSLA building, will remain open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Time. It is strongly recommended that LBPH patrons call ahead on Mondays since the rest of the building will be closed.
TSLA is a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.
“Although our hours are changing, TSLA will continue to provide a high level of service to its visitors,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett. “Our research has indicated that we will be open during the times visitors most want us to be. And with the new lounge, it will be a more comfortable experience for visitors while they are here. We’re also working hard to accommodate the substantial number of people who do online research by making more information available through our web site.”
“First-class professional reference service is still a priority for us,” added State Librarian Chuck Sherrill. “At the same time, we are constantly adding new online indexes, digital images and resources to the web site for 24/7 access to our collections. Tennesseans who are too far away to visit frequently find these services especially valuable.”
The TSLA building is located at 403 7th Avenue North in Nashville, next to the State Capitol building. For questions about TSLA, call (615) 741-2764 or visit http://www.tn.gov/tsla/.