Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute

Book Drive and Work Day

at Moccasin Bend,

April 25, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.


In 2016, the library at Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute was in dire need of basic updating and reorganization. This room at MBMHI was not realizing its potential to be an epicenter of creativity and connection for its residents.  A book drive was held and 15 volunteers came out to work on the library and completed much-needed updates.  The library is in need again of some TLC. We are looking for additional books and volunteers for April 25 from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. to help with the following tasks.


  • Remove out-of-date & irrelevant resources

  • Label donated books

  • Add fresh titles, topical books, and other media to the shelves by category.

Donate Books

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Southern Lit Alliance will gladly accept donated books to add to the library all year round.  Please feel free to drop books at our offices at 301 E 11th Street (2nd floor) Monday - Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.  We'll make sure they get to Moccasin Bend.


 In order to create a thoughtfully curated library collection, please note that we do have some guidelines. Books should be in relatively good condition with pages intact.  We cannot accept reference or topical books older than 5 years. Due to certain sensitive cases at MBMHI, please refrain from donating books containing conspiracy theories or graphic violence. Below you can find a list of subjects, titles, and authors that have been requested!





  • Non-fiction on mental health issues

  • Health

  • Sports & hobbies

  • Life skills & personal development                                                                 (i.e., budgeting, cooking, fitness, coping skills)

  • Inspirational & short success stories                                                           (i.e. Chicken Soup for the Soul)

  • Reference (i.e. plants, animals)

  • History & biography

  • Spiritual & religious​​

  • Novels

  • Mystery ( not graphic)

  • Popular fiction

    • (authors such as Nora Roberts, James Patterson, Patricia Cornwall Dan Koontz, etc are often requested)

  • Short story

  • Poetry collections


Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute (MBMHI) is a psychiatric hospital that serves 52 counties in East Tennessee. It was founded in 1961 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The hospital offers 4 acute psychiatric care units and 2 long-term care units, comprising a total of 150 adult psychiatric beds. Hospitalizations are on a voluntary or involuntary basis, or patients can also be referred by the court system for pre-trial evaluations.


The mission of Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute is to provide quality psychiatric services to individuals with a severe and persistent mental illness. The staff works together with patients to promote recovery and ensure their successful return home and reintegration into the community.



The Arts Building

301 East 11th Street

Suite 301

Chattanooga, TN 37403


(423) 267-1218

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