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 http://athenslibrary.org/homepage/regional-information/contact-us if you have any questions regarding library service during this time. We will update the community as more information becomes available.

We're Still Here for You! 


Our libraries are adapting to meet your reading needs. reading on the porchWe are expanding our digital eBook, e-Magazines, and e-audiobook collection by 80%, including many new eleases and in-demand titles. We invite you to visit our online library to log in to
 RBDigital and browse our collection! Don't forget... we also have a digital collection for younger readers through eRead Kids! eRead Kids, offered by Athens Regional Library System and Georgia Public Library Services, has nearly 15,000 ebooks and audiobooks for children from pre-k through fourth grade. Download books straight to your computer or mobile device. Don't have a library card? We've got you covered! Keep calm and read on!

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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!

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. Our goal is to collect stories and vignettes of community members’ daily lives in an archive to share with future students, historians and researchers.


We are interested in stories from everyday people. We want to know how you are keeping in touch with your friends and family during this time of social distancing, along with the challenges of working from home with no childcare. 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.

Virtual Storytime! virtual story timeCheck out our schedule for the amazing fun we have in store for you! Every day, Monday through Friday at 10:30 a.m.

Need to brighten up your morning? Join some of your favorite storytime folks from around the region right here on Facebook! We'll be live streaming from various locations with your favorite songs, rhymes and books! The more we get together...the happier we'll be! Check out the schedule as we share virtual storytimes from all of our regional library facebook pages.

Athens Regional Library System named Georgia Public Library of the Year

The Athens Regional Library System logo with Georgia Public Library of the Year, 2017.

The Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS) has named Athens Regional Library System as Georgia’s Public Library of the Year for 2017. The award is one of five annual Georgia Public Library Awards, honoring the outstanding service and achievements of Georgia’s public libraries, librarians and advocates during the past year.

“It is once again our pleasure to recognize library colleagues and supporters who have made Georgia’s public libraries exceptional. This year’s winners of the Georgia Public Library Awards demonstrate the very best in innovation, community engagement, and tireless dedication to serving the citizens of our state, playing a vital role in creating a more educated, enlightened Georgia,” said State Librarian Julie Walker.

“I am especially pleased to congratulate the Athens Regional Library System on being selected as Georgia’s Library of the Year. The leadership team, staff and trustees of ARLS do a terrific job of working together to offer creative programming, thoughtful customer service, and strong community partnerships that benefit library users of all ages throughout the five counties they serve. This is a richly-deserved honor.”

The Public Library of the Year award, presented to the library whose staff best exemplifies the qualities needed to positively impact the lives of residents in the communities it serves, will be presented to the Athens Regional Library System and its employees at a 3 p.m. ceremony at Athens-Clarke County Library Sunday, Jan. 21.

“I am beyond proud of our library staff. It is such an amazing honor to be recognized for the hard work we do every day in each of our branches,” said Athens Regional Library System Executive Director Valerie Bell. “Every single one of our employees has played an instrumental role in winning this award. This is a beautiful tribute to staff’s commitment to our vision statement, ‘Engaging Communities … Exceeding Expectations.’ I’d also like to say a special thank you to the many community partners and patrons who wrote letters of support for our nomination.”

The Athens Regional Library System is the first multi-library system to be recognized as Georgia’s Public Library of the Year. The system serves residents in five Northeast Georgia counties – Athens-Clarke, Franklin, Madison, Oconee and Oglethorpe – at 11 branches with a combination of innovative technology and friendly customer service.

Additional awards are being presented to Carolyn Fuller of Henry County as Librarian of the Year, Rep. Terry England and Sen. Jack Hill as Champions of the Year, and Stephen Whigham of Eastman, Ga., who is receiving the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award.

In addition to the individual presentation events, this year’s winners will be recognized at a public ceremony during the Georgia Council for Public Libraries’ annual Public Library Day at the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 30.

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