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Formerly known as Learn4Life, Gale Courses provides the opportunity to enroll for free into a wide range of highly interactive classes with live instructors, entirely online. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every...

Borrow free digital video, music, ebooks, comics and audiobooks with your library card. Gain access to thousands of titles – available for instant streaming or temporarily download – and enjoy on your smartphone, tablet or computer. There’s no...

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The 2nd Floor

The 2nd Floor is the Downtown Chattanooga Public Library's new frontier for kids, tweens, and teens. Let's have fun and learn something together. Kids, Tweens, Teens, and their caregivers can enjoy any of the following activities at all times on The 2nd Floor:

Volunteer @ The 2nd Floor

Are you between the ages of 10-18 and are looking for a volunteering opportunity?  The 2nd Floor of the Downtown Chattanooga Public Library has a ton of choices for you!

Please download our volunteer application below and either bring it back to the Downtown Chattanooga Public Library or email it to our Tween/Teen Volunteer Coordinator Crissy Varnell at and we'll be in touch!

Since 2014 the Chattanooga Public Library and Hamilton County Schools have worked in partnership to provide every student with a free library card, a powerful learning tool that is renewed each year during school registration. 

Students work with their school librarians to get their free library card, regardless of their address within or outside of the Chattanooga city limits.  To make the process easy and accessible, the public library cards are issued at the school library and are good to use at any of the four neighborhood branches or online.