Hot Springs Library

Welcome to the Hot Springs Library!

Hot Springs Library ATLocated on the Appalachian Trail in downtown Hot Springs, NC, our special library is a comfortable place for visitors and residents to relax, use a computer and enjoy creative activities and educational programs.  More about Library hours and services may be found at the Madison County Library website.

In 2018, Hot Springs Library and the Madison County Public Library System was named by Library Journal as The Best Small Library in America!  It is with continued, generous support from the community and Friends Organizations that this honor was made possible.

Upcoming Events for Madison County Public Libraries

The Hot Springs Library has a regular event schedule. Check out what’s coming up in the slideshow!

Annual Fundraising Events

Birds for Books is held during the month of April to get the best look at the spring migration.  The event brings kids and grownups outdoors, counting birds and creating a species list.  Donors pledge an amount of money per species counted.

BBQ for Books was first held in October, 2017 at the beautiful Broadwing Farm.  In 2020, during the pandemic, the in person event was canceled, so they put together a virtual livestream with interviews and performances from local artists and musicians.  Read an article about this special livestream event and how it was organized here.  You may watch the show anytime here.  In 2023, the fundraiser changed to an annual celebration of the Hot Springs Library.

An Inspiring Story of Community

The Hot Springs Library had been housed in various buildings in or near downtown Hot Springs, most recently the old Forest Service Building on Bridge Street. That building was privately owned and Madison County had to pay rent for our library branch to be there.  The lease expired, and the owners did not want to sell or renew, so the Friends of the Hot Springs Library took it upon themselves to find a new, permanent space for the Hot Springs Library.

They found the perfect spot in the heart of downtown, on the Appalachian Trail. The Friends made the decision to buy the building and began a fundraising journey to pay down the debt.  Residents and visitors rallied together, and the Friends have received both small and large donations from individuals, community organizations, local businesses, and county organizations. Some of our community members, organizations and businesses have given multiple donations.  In August 2021, after raising over $350,000, the Friends achieved their goal to pay off the principal on the mortgage and handed the deed over to Madison County government.    



BBQ for Books 2020 – Livestream Concert Fundraiser

Hot Springs Library's amazing livestream fundraiser adapts to COVID curve ball Hot Springs Library is a cornerstone of our community. The Friends of Hot Springs Library, along with grassroots supporters and community partners like the Appalachian Trail Conservancy,...

Discovering Biodiversity in Hot Springs, NC with the 2020 Madison County BioBlitz!

Hot Springs, NC residents & visitors join the county in the BioBlitz documenting 1150 species in 2 weeks! Working together with experts, a major biological inventory of Madison County was made. Hot Springs, NC — Madison Natural Heritage, a natural history program...

Birdwatching in the Appalachian Mountains: Raising Funds for Library by Birding in Hot Springs, NC for 2020 Birds for Books

  Birding in and around Hot Springs is incredible due to our diverse habitats and elevations.  Getting outside and quietly looking and listening for these colorful creatures can connect us to nature and create a profound sense of inner peace. Indeed, birdwatching...

Visiting the Library

Come visit the library

Free wifi, great place to relax!


Hot Springs Library Hours
Monday: 10am-6pm
Tuesday: 10am-6pm
Wednesday: 10am-6pm
Thursday: 10am-6pm
Friday: 10am-6pm
Saturday: 10am-2pm
Sunday: Closed
Phone: 828-622-3584

Address: 170 Bridge St.
Hot Springs, NC 28743