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Curbside Service is be available daily from 2pm-6pm through the library lobby.  


newly added resources

Miss Humblebee's Academy

Mobile Printing

Digital Access Library Cards


We are now offering Wi-Fi hotspots for check out!

These devices are being provided free of charge thanks, in part, to grant funding. Hotspots may be placed on hold and picked up during our Curbside Delivery hours.

To place a hold on a hotspot, visit our catalog and search for ‘hotspot.’ They have a loan period of 1 week and can be returned in the outdoor bookdrop. Overdue hotspots will accrue late fees and be deactivated.

ORPL, unfortunately, cannot guarantee the Wi-Fi devices will always be free of charge, but we are thankful for the opportunity to provide these hot spots at no cost for as long as possible.


Have a question or need help? Ask a Librarian!

Chat with or text Reference staff from your phone, device, or computer. Our convenient chat is accessible by clicking the "Ask a Librarian" button or by texting 865-324-0400. A friendly Reference staff member will respond to your question when chat is available. When staff is busy or unavailable, you can always email Reference@oakridgetn.gov or call the library at 865-425-3455.


World Wise Wednesdays Presents: Solving Mysteries With DNA on April 21st, 2021 at 12:00pm!

An introduction to using DNA testing to discover information about your genealogy. How to solve a family history mystery through the use of DNA testing along with traditional research methods.

Register for the event here.

Once you register, you will receive an email about how to access the program.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Oak Ridge Public Library.

Digital Genealogy resources 101
April 29, 2021

Discover the Digital Genealogy Resources that you have access to through the Oak Ridge Public Library.

Find resources for your genealogy research and learn how to access them including:
  • Heritage Quest, through the Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL)
  • Tennessee Historical Records from Ancestry.com through TEL
  • FamilySearch.com and Family Search Affiliate Library
  • FindaGrave.com
  • NewsBank
  • Obituary Database from ORPL
  • Kingston Demolition Range Photographs

This class focuses on beginning genealogists, but resources may be helpful to more seasoned researchers who are not familiar with all that ORPL has to offer. Tennessee residency and an ORPL library card are required for some resources listed.

Register for the event here.

Once you register, you will receive an email about how to access the program.


Join us on April 28th for this month’s Wise Water Wednesday! We will talk a bit about microplastics, their impacts, and ways to reduce microplastic pollution.

Stop by the Oak Ridge Public Library to pick up supplies for this month’s activity and your choice of a reusable water bottle or bag!

videos & webinars

Solving Mysteries With DNA
World Wise Wednesday
April 21st @ Noon

Digital Genealogy Resources 101
Technology Class

April 29th @ 1:00pm

What are Microplastics?
Wise Water Wednesday
April 28th