history of the
hawkins county library system
The H.B. Stamps Memorial Library was the first substantive library in the city of Rogersville, TN. Previous to the opening of the H.B. Stamps Memorial Library, the first library in Rogersville was organized in the month of July 1941.
In 1975, the H.B. Stamps Library Board and the Hawkins County Library Board merged and purchased land for a new library. The purchase of the Kenner property was successful and a grant was received for the building of a new library and community center. The new H.B. Stamps Memorial Library was opened on November 9, 1980. In 2020, H. B. Stamps Memorial Library underwent major renovations and updates.
The City of Church Hill established the Church Hill Public Library, the eastern branch of the Hawkins County Library System in 1952.
In 2007, the City of Church Hill bought and renovated the empty IGA grocery building increasing the library’s size to approximately 9,000 square feet. The Branch boasts over 30,000 items including books, audio CDs, DVDs, music CDs and magazines.
The Surgoinsville Public Library was established for the Hawkins County Library System in 1993.
The Surgoinsville Medical Board built the building of approximately 2600 square feet for the citizens of Surgoinsville to have access to books, audios, DVDs and magazines. In 2020, a reading shelter/pavilion was built and donated to the library by AGC Glass Company.
It is behind the library and is used for special events.