All Libraries Closed on Monday, September 5th

All libraries in the Athens Regional Library System will be closed on Monday, September 5th, in celebration of Labor Day. Regular hours resume on Tuesday, September 6th.

PINES Catalog will be Offline - September 2nd

The PINES System Administration team will be performing system maintenance with downtime on Friday, September 2 beginning just after 6:00 p.m. and completing by midnight. All PINES services, including the online catalog will be unavailable during this maintenance window.

How do I get a library card?

Library cards are free to all residents of Georgia. Persons who attend school, own property or are employed in Georgia are eligible for a free PINES card. Patrons of both PINES and non-participating Georgia public libraries may receive a PINES card. PINES cards are valid for 2 years. Property owners who do not reside in Georgia may be required to show proof of ownership, such as a tax bill or deed. Persons employed in Georgia or attending school in Georgia may be required to show proof of employment or enrollment. Out-of-state cards are available to persons living outside Georgia who do not meet the above criteria for a $25 annual fee, payable at the time the card is issued. Signing a PINES card application indicates acceptance of responsibility for lost or damaged materials. There is no minimum age for a child to receive a PINES card. A parent or legal guardian may register a child. Parent or guardian must show proper ID to register a child. A parent or guardian must sign the application for all children under 18.

Proper identification must be presented to register.

An applicant for a new card is required to provide proper ID, which includes current local address.

Acceptable ID for a PINES card:

  • photo ID showing current local address, OR
  • photo ID and one item from approved list (see below) showing current, local address (if photo ID does not have correct address), OR
  • TWO (2) items from approved list showing current, local address.

Acceptable ID includes a valid driver's license, a valid voter registration card, checks with pre-printed addresses, a utility bill, tax receipt or other piece of mail that shows the user's name and present address.

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