Please visit your library branch's website for the latest hours and services. Call us or contact us at http://athenslibrary.org/homepage/regional-information/contact-us if you have any questions regarding library service during this time. For more information about the libraries' phased re-entry plans, please click here  

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Message from the Director

message from the directorUPDATED March 20, 2021

Dear Library User,
It is hard to believe that one year ago, we were forced to close our buildings due to the Coronavirus pandemic. We can never express our sincere thanks to our patrons for their understanding and support as we made every attempt to keep our staff, patrons, and community safe from the spread of this deadly virus.
We are so pleased to see the light and the end of the tunnel! While the Vision of the library, “Engaging Communities, Exceeding Expectations” was our North Star for service throughout this year, we will be glad to have our doors open and our hours restored once again. Please read the full Message from the Director here.

Happy National Library Week, April 4-10, 2021

national library weekNational Library Week is a time to highlight the essential role libraries, librarians, library workers and volunteers play in transforming lives and strengthening communities. This year's theme is “Welcome to your library!" Libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building, and everyone is welcome to use our services.

Whether you visit virtually or in person, libraries are accessible and inclusive places that foster a sense of belonging and community through learning, discovery and exploration. The library needs the support of volunteers to fully serve the community. From helping the Friends of the Library to serving on your county's Board of Trustees, there are many opportunities for you to support your library's mission. This week, we encourage you to explore volunteer options at the library. Contact your local Athens Regional Library System branch to learn more.

Get homework help and more with tutor.com

tutor.comThe library now offers free online tutoring through tutor.com. Library card holders can log on for free one-on-one help with a live tutor for homework help, test prep assistance, cover letter or resume review and more! Tutors will be available seven days a week, 2-9 p.m.
Watch this brief introductory video to learn more https://youtu.be/T9sSAkC4JQ8 and sign up for a free webinar to learn how you can get the most out of tutor.com!

Updated Services

As part of its phased reentry plan, the Athens Regional Library System continues to expand its available services while protecting the health and safety of patrons and staff. Unvented face masks must be worn inside the building. Visits are limited to one hour, and social distancing measures are in place.

Grab and Go: Check your local branch's web page for updated hours.

Curbside Service: Check your local branch's web page for updated hours.

ComputersComputers are available first come, first served during Grab and Go hours, or by appointment during curbside hours. Please note you will be required to wear an unventilated face mask while at the library, and limited staff assistance will be available. Printing services will be available. For more information, click here

Athens-Clarke County Library: Passports:  The Athens-Clarke County Library accepts passport applications by appointment. Please call the library at 706-613-3650 to set up your appointment. Saturday appointments are available!  Please check their website at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel.html for the most current information.

Concierge Service: Not sure what to read next? Do you or your child want to learn more about a particular topic? Want to discover a new favorite author based on books you know you already like? Try our concierge service! Call us, and our friendly, knowledgeable staff will gather titles for you based on your interests for curbside pickup.

Crafts to Go: Stop by your library to pick up everything you need for a fun craft activity designed for children ages 2-11. A new craft is available every two weeks while supplies last, and each branch has different crafts.

Elections

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Voter Information

Register to Vote

Voter Registration forms are available at libraries in the Athens Regional Library System. Please contact your library to arrange to pick one up.

Voter Registration Information - information from the Secretary of State on how to register to vote.

Register to Vote Online - register to vote here.

Paper Voter Registration Form - PDF fillable form to register to vote. Must be filled out, printed and mailed.

Registered Voters 

My Georgia Voter Page - Registered voters can login to this site to do the following: change their voter information, get directions to their polling place, view early voting locations and times, see county registrar information, see current elected officials, and see current qualified candidates.

Advanced Voting

Ballot request forms are available at libraries in the Athens Regional Library System. Please contact your library to arrange to pick one up.

Absentee Ballot Request (online form) - voters can request an absentee ballot online; this is an online form and does not need to be printed or signed.

Absentee Ballot Request (paper form) - voters can fill out and print the form on this page to request an absentee ballot be mailed to your address.

Advance Voting Information - lists the locations and times for advance voting in Athens-Clarke County.

Advanced Voting Location Information - from the Georgia Secretary of State's Elections Division. Allows voters to look up the location and times for advanced voting by county.


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Clarke

Clarke County Board of Elections https://www.athensclarkecounty.com/160/Board-of-Elections


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Oconee

Board of Elections:

 https://www.oconeecounty.com/247/Elections-Registration 


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Madison

Board of Elections: 

http://www.mcelections.net/ 


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Oglethorpe

Board of Elections:

https://www.oglethorpecountyga.gov/elections 


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Franklin

Board of Elections Website:

https://www.franklincountyga.gov/elections-registrations/ 


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Other Voter Resources

Resources for Voters with Disabilities - resources to help voters with disabilities vote

Military and Overseas Voting Information - information for American citizens who are currently overseas on how to request and submit their ballot

Research Issues:

BallotReady - aggregates content from candidates' websites, social media, press, endorsers and board of elections for comprehensive, nonpartisan information about the candidates and referendums.

Vote Smart - free, unbiased, in-depth information about current officials, candidates, issues, legislation and voting.

Gov Track - a nonpartisan website helping the American public track legislation in the U.S. Congress and be effective advocates for their issues

Federal Elections Commission - see how candidates and committees raise and spend money in federal elections.

Fact-Checking

AllSides - offers perspectives on topical news stories from the left, center and from the right, plus a 'media bias rating.'

Fact.Check.org - a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center; is non-partisan and monitors for political accuracy

Politifact.com - by the Poynter Institute, fact-checks political content

Election & Candidate Information by County

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