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!

virtual library cardNeed a Library Card to Use Our Online Resources? 

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.

A Message from the Library Director

On behalf of the entire staff, Boards of Trustees, Friends of the Libraries, and volunteers  of the Athens Regional Library System, I would like to thank our many concerned patrons and friends for your years of support to your library and your patience during this last difficult week.  Valerie Bell Headshot

The safety and health of our staff, the community, and our community partners led us to the difficult decision to close the libraries to patron use on March 15, 2020.  We wrestled with that decision because we are aware of the vital role our libraries play in the well-being of our community and because we wanted to limit the disruption to our patrons’ lives.  We first thought we would cancel all library programs and meeting room use and offer instructions to staff and patrons regarding proper hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, and social distancing.  We soon recognized that those limited actions would not be enough to assist our various county officials in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and “flattening the curve”.  It was then that we made the decision to close the libraries to the public.  

Until further notice, we are requesting that no materials be returned, and no donations made while the libraries are closed.  Of course, there will be no fines accrued during this time.

On a positive note, since closing, our teams have been teleworking to bring some sense of normalcy to the community by increasing our libraries’ virtual presence.  

  • Our Children’s Services staff have been created a schedule for virtual Storytimes, which will be conducted every weekday Monday through Friday at 10:30.  Children will have the opportunity to see their favorite librarians from around our region tell stories.  
  • A series of craft programs for children is also in the development stage.  
  • Our Information Services staff and web team have been working to create and publish a trusted list of COVID-19 resources that can be found on our website.  
  • We are working with our partners at Galileo to offer “Ancestry” from your home. 
  • We are testing “reference chat” so that patrons can text in with their questions.
  • We are planning to have an FAQ regarding our libraries’ services and updates.  
  • Our collections and materials selection teams have been ordering additional electronic books,  electronic audiobooks, and electronic magazines (increasing our holdings by 80 percent). 
  • We are exploring the creation of tutorials on tech tips such as how to use RBDigital, EReadsKids and more. 

We have no way of knowing how long this situation will last, but we want you all to know that we are still here virtually to serve and support you, your families, and our communities until the time comes to open our doors again.  I plan to regularly update you on library services as they roll out. Please connect with your local libraries on social media for more frequent communications and updates.  

In the meantime, please be safe, follow the instructions of your local government, and know that we will all get through this together.   

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