Special Services

Business Resources

Business Resources is a Blount Partnership webpage that provides a readiness checklist for starting a new business along with related topical information on legal issues impacting small businesses. This helpful resource also provides links to county, state and federal guidelines for business owners.

Interlibrary Loans

The Library has a limited ability to borrow for its patrons materials which are not available in our local collection. The only cost to the patron for this service is return postage for the item borrowed. Interlibrary loan requests can be made through the Information Services Department.

Public Access Computers 


The Library has 43 public access computers in the Information Services Department and six in the Children’s Department. The computers are equipped with a variety of software including Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. The Children’s computers have various games available. In order to use these computers, patrons are required to show their Library card or Internet card to register for computer use. All Library cards should be “in good standing” when requesting time on a library computer. Non-Blount County residents may use the computer if they are over 18 and show a proper ID or by purchasing an annual non-resident library card.

Reserve Books

Patrons can reserve any circulating item listed in Atriuum, the library's online public access catalog, by filling out a reserve request at the circulation desk. The Reserve Charge is $.50 per book, payable at the time of the request. Patrons will be notified by phone when the book is available.

Services for the Disabled at Blount County Public Library

The Library owns several videos from Descriptive Video Service which overlays the action and dialogue of films with ongoing descriptive annotations. Although limited in number, this collection has proven very popular with our visually impaired patrons who also enjoy our extensive audio book collection. We now have two “Mart Cart” Scooters for patrons who have difficulty walking. The scooter keys are available at the circulation check-out desk. JAWS is a computer program which magnifies what is on the computer screen or it will read it aloud. VERA scans printed material and turns it into the spoken word. Headsets will be available for use with these programs.

Tennessee Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped

The Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, a unit of the Tennessee State Library and Archives, Department of State, offers FREE public library service to those unable to hold, read, or turn the pages of ordinary books and magazines due to physical or visual impairment. Special library materials are provided by the Library of Congress, and FREE mailing privileges for these materials is provided through the U.S. Post Office. Application for this service can be obtained at the Library reference desk.