For the safety of our patrons and with a continued effort to “flatten the curve," all Athens Regional Library System branches in Athens-Clarke, Franklin, Madison, Oconee and Oglethorpe counties will remain closed until such time that it is deemed safe to reopen to the public. Library staff remain on the job  serving our communities virtually.  Please feel free to contact us at if you have any questions regarding library service during this time. We will update the community as more information becomes available.

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Message from the Director

Message from the Director

Updated May 23, 2020
Starting Wednesday, May 27, Athens Regional Library System will begin circulating library materials through curbside service.   Curbside service will be available to patrons Monday through Friday between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Please read the Message from the Director for the full statement.

Thank you for your support! Our library has won the Public Libraries' Readers Choice Award!

Rhiannon Eades, PIOWe are proud to share that Public Information Officer Rhiannon Eades' article, "Implementing a Trauma-Informed Approach," has won the 2020 Public Libraries' Feature Article Readers Choice Award! The article was published in the September/October 2019 issue of Public Libraries, the official magazine of the Public Library Association. The article highlights TILT, or Trauma Informed Library Transformation, a partnership between Athens-Clarke County Library and the University of Georgia School of Social Work, funded by a Community Catalyst grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Thank you to everyone who voted for our article! Read it here:  

Share your family's experiences as part of our library's community archive

Are you keeping a journal of your experiences during the coronavirus pandemic?share your story Did you post a photo on social media of empty shelves at the grocery store? Whether you’re writing in an old school diary or recording voice memos, everyone's experience is unique. The Heritage Room at Athens-Clarke County Library wants to help preserve our community’s story of this unprecedented time in our collective history. We are interested in stories from everyday people. No story is too small! How you collect your thoughts is up to you: write in a journal, take photos or videos, record voice memos or even save social media posts. Full details are available here using a Google account. If you don't have a Google account, use this link.

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Sign up now for a digital-only library card and take advantage of everything on our website, including our downloadable collection of digital eBooks, audiobooks and magazines.
It’s easy! Remember you must include your email address on the online form!

We Salute Our Veterans! - At the Athens-Clarke County Library

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Join the Athens-Clarke County Library in honoring the brave men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces this Veterans Day. Saturday, November 11.

The library will be open regular hours on Saturday, November 11. We have several programs dedicated to veterans this month. There's also a great display by the Daughters of the American Revolution of WWI artifacts in the library lobby.

African American Soldiers of WWI

Thursday, November 9, 7:00 p.m.

University of Georgia History Professor Dr. John Morrow joins us to talk about the role of the 369th regiment of African American soldiers who fought alongside the French Army during the First World War. Come learn about the legendary Harlem Rattlers! In Appleton Auditorium.

Researching WWI Ancestors

Saturday, November 11, 2:00 p.m.

Genealogist Rosemary Cantrell will present a brief history of WWI that will help genealogists understand the context of the war and its effect on different countries. Although the fire at the National Archives in St. Louis destroyed most of the WWI personnel records, there are many sources to help in researching the soldier in order to find his story. Co-sponsored by Clarke-Oconee Genealogical Society. In Multipurpose Room A.

Film Screening: The Poppy Lady

Sunday, November 12, 3:00 p.m.

Join us for a screening and discussion of "The Poppy Lady," a documentary by Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters about the life of local educator and humanitarian Moina Belle Michael (1869-1944). Born in Good Hope, Moina Michael established the poppy as a universal symbol of tribute and support for veterans during the Firs World War. DeLois Gainey from the Elijah Clarke Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (of which Moina was a member) will discuss Ms. Michael's legacy and how the DAR continues to support the causes of American Veterans. In Appleton Auditorium.

VA Medical Foster Homes

Wednesday, November 15, 7:00 p.m.

"Where Heroes Meet Angels." Learn about an amazing program that helps disabled veterans who can no longer live independently but do not wish to live in a nursing home. Hallie Cheek, the Athens area coordinator for this Veterans Administration program, will explain the Medical Foster Home program and provide information on how you can become a medical foster home caregiver. In Multipurpose Room B.

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GALILEO: Georgia's Virtual Library

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