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The tiled entry, featuring a Greek key border and the words “Carnegie Building” in mosaic, acknowledge the authenticity of the building.

Portrait of Andrew CarnegieThe Greek Revival building’s interior has gilt embossed columns, elegant oak archways, and a portrait of Andrew Carnegie over the east fireplace.

The library is a distinctive and beloved historic monument celebrating the enterprise and culture of the people of Harriman, Tennessee.



  • Mary Kaye Eisenberg, Chair
  • Bear Tidwell, Vice-Chair
  • Julie Garland, Secretary
  • Lonnie Wright, City Council Representative
  • Rachel Wright
  • Linda Peterson
  • Keta Mize


  • Tammie Edwards, Director
  • Connie Massingill, Children’s Librarian
  • Carmen Eubacks, Cataloguer/Front Desk Librarian
Harriman Public Library building plaque

Our Story: Since 1909

The October 1, 1909 edition of THE HARRIMAN RECORD describes opening ceremonies: “The laying of the cornerstone of the Carnegie library building was held Wednesday forenoon. The event call out the people of Harriman to the number of over two thousand.”

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Our Mission & Vision

The mission: Friends of the Harriman Public Library promotes and
supports the activities of the Library. While the Library is a tax funded institution, budget cuts take their toll and libraries often fall to the bottom of the priority list. Whether fundraising or volunteering, community support enables us to continue our mission.


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Harriman's Historic Carnegie Library, today a vibrant centerpiece of local culture, started with the efforts of Mrs. Robert F. Armstrong, president of the Library Board, Mayor Claude E. Hendrick and the City Council to obtain a $10,000 grant from the Andrew Carnegie Foundation in 1909.

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601 Walden St.
Harriman, TN

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Library Hours

Mon - Thurs: 9am - 6pm
Fri : 9am - 2pm
Sat: 9am - 1pm
Sun: Closed

Harriman Public Library Lift

Lift available for accessibility.



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