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!

Oconee County Library patron wins statewide library card design contest

pines cardAthens Regional Library System and Georgia Public Library System congratulate the winner of the PINES 20th anniversary library card design contest, Oconee County Library patron Megan Weatherford.

Megan's design is made from her son Beau’s handprint in finger paint. She chose hands because "they say so much about the service PINES provides each and every day to our community. Hands hold books. Hands do research. Hands guide and teach. Hands help others. Hands hold a community together. Most of all, for my son and I, hands say THANK YOU!" megan weatherford and rebecca ballard

She shared that as a new mother, she brought her baby to infant storytime led by Oconee County Library’s Children’s Librarian Rebecca Ballard. "At every event we attend, Rebecca creates the most magical and accepting environment. Not only has my son had the opportunity to hear songs and stories and to socialize with other children, I have had the chance to grow and be pulled out of my shell as a new mother," Megan wrote.

“We couldn’t be more delighted that the winner is one of our local patrons,” said Athens Regional Library System Executive Director Valerie Bell. “Megan’s story is just one example of how libraries impact people’s lives. Whether serving as an outlet for new parents venturing out with their babies for the first time or providing resources to help an entrepreneur start a business, a library offers powerful tools to benefit everyone in our communities.” 

“It is so lovely to hear how the library is touching people’s lives. Ms. Rebecca and all Oconee library staff go above and beyond to create a warm, welcoming environment for all. This is why we do what we do, and we are pleased that Megan chose to share her story with PINES,” Oconee County Library Branch Manager Cara Karnes added.

The limited edition card will be available across the 53 PINES library systems (including 300 branches across Georgia) in 6-8 weeks. 

2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the Georgia Public Information Network for Electronic Services, or PINES. PINES creates a statewide borderless library that eliminates geographic and socio-economic barriers. Nearly two million Georgians have PINES library cards.

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