TN State’s underfunded libraries struggle

Tennessee has some of the worst-funded, least-visited libraries in the nation.

The average public library in this state is housed in a building that’s far too small for the community it’s supposed to serve, has far fewer materials in circulation than other libraries around the country and is understaffed by underpaid librarians and dogged community volunteers. Many libraries aren’t able to meet the minimum state standards they set for themselves.