Tennessee Library Association
FormationMay 29, 1902; 122 years ago (1902-05-29)
Founded atNashville, TN
Parent organization
American Library Association

The Tennessee Library Association (TNLA) is a professional organization that offers support for library staff working in Tennessee.[1] It is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee.[2][3] TLA was originally organized in Nashville on May 29, 1902, by members of the Nashville Public Library staff and the Nashville Library Club and had 41 members by 1905.[1] G.H. Baskette, president of the Nashville Public Library, was the first president of TLA and served from 1902 to 1913.[4] The first annual meeting of the association was in Nashville on January 18, 1905 and had an opening address by Governor Frazier.[5]

TNLA publishes a regular newsletter and a quarterly journal called Tennessee Libraries (ISSN:1935-7052).[6]


  1. ^ a b "TENNESSEE LIBRARY ASSOCIATION RECORDS, 1897-2009" (PDF). State of Tennessee Department of State. Tennessee Library Association. Retrieved 23 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Tennessee Library Association - Nonprofit Explorer". ProPublica. 2017-09-15. Retrieved 2020-01-23.
  3. ^ "Tennessee Library Association". Tennessee Library Association. 2018-08-29. Retrieved 2020-01-23.
  4. ^ "TLA President 1902-Present". Tennessee Library Association. 2018-08-29. Retrieved 2020-01-23.
  5. ^ "Tennessee Library Association". Harrisonburg Evening News. January 18, 1905. Retrieved 23 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Tennessee Libraries Journal". Tennessee Library Association. 2018-08-29. Retrieved 2020-01-23.