The Tennessee Secretary Of State, through its Planning and Development Section, the Tennessee State Library and Archives, provides assistance, statewide consultation, and leadership to local public libraries throughout the state through the Regional Library System.
The Tennessee Regional Library System is composed of nine multi-county regions serving 211 small and medium-sized public libraries throughout the state of Tennessee. Membership in the Regional Library System is voluntary. The four metropolitan library systems (Memphis Public Library, Knox County Library, Nashville Public Library, and the Chattanooga- Hamilton County Bicentennial Public Library) are considered single-county regions.
The mission of the Tennessee Regional Library System is to make libraries better by:
State assistance received by local public libraries through the Regional Library System is intended to supplement local appropriations as required in the establishment of public libraries by the Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 10, Chapter 3. In return for State assistance, each public library desiring to belong to the Multi-County Regional system must maintain “the allocation of locally appropriated funds at a level not less than the amount appropriated the last fiscal year as well as the expenditure of locally appropriated funds at a level not less than the total amount expended in the last fiscal year.”
Annual Maintenance of Effort agreements between the State Library and Archives and local cities and counties make certain that State funding does not supplant the fiscal responsibility of local governments on behalf of their public libraries.
Cumberland County is a member of the Falling Water River Regional Library along with 13 other counties located in central Tennessee.
The vision of the Falling Water River Regional Library, and its counterpart regional libraries across the state of Tennessee, is that the citizens of Tennessee will have the information they need for personal growth and development.
Regional Library responsibilities include:
Falling Water River Regional Library serves fourteen counties: Bledsoe, Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Picket, Putnam, Sequatchie, Smith, Van Buren, and White. The Falling Water River Regional Library has gone through several iterations before it's current grouping of libraries.
Click the LINK below to see the history of the Falling Water River Regional Library.
The Falling Water River Regional Library Board of Trustees is made up of two (2) representatives from each of the 14 member counties and the regional Library Staff list here:
Administrative Services Assistant
Technical Services Assistant
Library Information Systems Specialist