History of the Royston Library

Photo of Royston Public Library

In 1920 the Royston Women's Club established a small "lending library" within the club which became the nucleus for the Royston WPA (Works Progress Administration) Community Library. This new library was located above the Royston Drug Store and the rent was paid jointly by the city and Mrs. Brown. Miss Edith Paine was appointed librarian at a salary of $42.50 per month.

In 1948 the library was moved to the second floor of the Holbrook building and Miss Martha Winn was appointed librarian. Miss Winn was followed by Miss Nannie Mae Dickerson, who served until 1971. In March of 1945 the WPA support of the library ceased. Sponsorship of the library was assumed by the Franklin County Board of Education, the Ordinary of Franklin County and the Mayor of Royston.

The library has been housed in several different locations over the years, until the most recent move into the new quarters in July 1981 adjacent to City Hall.

Excerpt from: History of Franklin County, Georgia. Franklin County Citizen. 1st printing. 1984.

The Library's Wish List

The Friends of the Royston Public Library are asking for your help in fulfilling the Library's wish list of books. The Friends, in collaboration with the Royston Library staff, have put together a list of books that the library is eager to add to its collection. You can help the Friends fill this need by stopping by the library and choosing a book title from the display and donating it to the library - it's the perfect time of year to give a gift in honor or memory of a friend or loved one.

There are books for children and adults on the Library's list, and range from $10 to $25. If you would like to donate a book, but can't stop by the library, please call the library at 706-245-6748 and speak to one of the staff - they will be happy to assist you in choosing a book, and tell you how to mail your donation.

If you don't wish to choose a specific book, you may also make a general donation to The Friends of the Royston Public Library. Mail donations to Friends of the Royston Public Library, 684 Franklin Springs St., Royston, GA 30662.