LIBRARY Services

Material Check-Out

An active library card is needed in order to check out materials. If the library card is not in your possession, materials may be checked out with photo identification. Library card barcodes presented on smart phones or other mobile devices are also accepted.

For new patrons, checkout is limited to 2 items for your first 2 checkouts. After that, checkout limits are as follows:

  • Books & Audiobooks: As many as you can read for 2 weeks (no limit)*

  • Periodicals: The most recent issue cannot be checked out, but older issues are the same as books and audiobooks.

  • DVDs: Maximum of 3 per adult card for 1 week.
    *At this time, you
    must be 18+ to checkout DVDs. No DVD checkouts will be permitted for any child card under any circumstances.*

  • Inter-library loans: Maximum 3 per patron for 1 month. Renewals are by loaning libraries' discretion. Unavailable to new patrons.

A receipt received at checkout serves as the official notice of the due date for an item or items. Patrons with outstanding fees over $5.00 will not be allowed to check out additional materials.


  • For everyone: We offer free WiFi at the library. Simply connect to SPL Public Access Wireless on your device. A login page will pop up. Hit the green button to connect to the internet.

  • For card-holding Patrons: We currently offer 1 hour of computer access per day to all card-holding patrons of Sweetwater Public Library.

  • For Patrons without a library card: We currently offer a 15-minute public access computer for patrons who do not have a library card with us.

  • Special accommodations can be made under certain circumstances. Please call ahead or ask a staff member for assistance.

  • Tech Assistance: Staff members can assist you one-on-one with basic computer questions or problems upon request.

Material Holds

Patrons may place hold requests on circulating items. Holds can be requested online within a catalog search or over the phone.

Items are held for three (3) days once the patron has been notified the item has come in. If the item is not picked up within the time allotted, the hold is cancelled and the item is returned to circulation or fills the next hold in the queue.


We offer a number of printing/copying services at the following costs:

  • Black-and-white printing/copies: 25¢ per page

  • Color printing/copies: 50¢ per page

  • Legal size printing/copies: 50¢ per page

  • File scanning: 50¢ per page (USB transfer provided)​

    Right, the library only accepts cash for payments. We do not have a debit/credit reader. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Inter-library Loans

Want a book that we don't have? We can ask other libraries to loan it to us for you to read! Through our inter-library loan program, we can request up to 3 titles for you for a loan period of up to 1 month. Simply call us or ask at the front desk and we'll request it for you!

​Please note, it does take some time for the material to get to us, depending on where it ships from (on average, about 2 weeks). We'll call or e-mail you as soon as it comes in!

*Note: New/restricted patrons (those on limited checkouts or have excess fines) may not request inter-library loans until the restrictions have been removed from their card.


We offer faxing services at the following costs:

  • Receiving faxes: 50¢ per page

  • Sending faxes (in-state/toll-free): $1.00 per page

  • Sending faxes (out-of-state): $2.00 per page

  • Sending faxes out-of-country is currently unavailable.

The Tennessee Regional E-book & Audiobook Download System (TN R.E.A.D.S.) offers over 100,000 digital e-books, audiobooks, and videos to patrons of public libraries that belong to the Regional Library System. These digital titles can be downloaded or streamed to your personal computer or a various portable devices such as smartphones, tablets, or e-readers. Simply select your library and log-in with your library card number.

The Tennessee Electronic Library (T.E.L.) is a virtual library that you can access from your home computer, school computer lab, or smartphone – anywhere with an Internet connection. Access to over 400,000 electronic resources including magazines, scholarly journals, podcasts, videos, e-books, test preparation materials, federal census records, Tennessee primary source materials, and more can all be found on TEL.