The Anna Porter Public Library in Gatlinburg is a wonderful place if you’re looking to find out more on the history of Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains area, find some compelling guides for the national park, or just simply check out the newest fiction or non-fiction best seller.
In addition to books and other historical materials, the library provides residents and visitors alike with movie rental services, audio book rentals, ebooks, a magazine and newspaper section as well as access to the Internet free of charge.
As mentioned, Gatlinburg’s Anna Porter Public Library is a regional history mecca. Their special collection is ever-growing and currently houses approximately 600 historical items detailing the cultural and natural history of Gatlinburg, the Great Smoky Mountains, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and southern Appalachia. Included in their collection are oral history audio tapes recorded anywhere from 30 to 40 years ago (with transcripts) and more recently recorded oral history video tapes.
Each year, the library holds a number of children-centered initiatives aimed at getting children involved in reading and preparing them for school. Each Saturday, the library has a pre-school story time from 10:30-11:30 am, and Thursdays the library holds a toddlers story time from 10:30-11:30 am.
Other current initiatives include Wednesday beginner computer classes from 10-11 am in the computer center.
To reach the library from downtown Gatlinburg, travel east on US-321N/TN-73N for 3.7 miles, then make a left on Proffitt Rd. The library is connected to the community center.
Anna Porter Public Library
158 Proffitt Rd.
Gatlinburg, TN 37738