Please visit your library branch's website for the latest curbside service hours for holds and printing. Call us or contact us at if you have any questions regarding library service during this time. For more information about the libraries' phased re-entry plans, please click here  

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Message from the Director

UPDATED: July 31, 2020

message from the directorDear Library User,
Many thanks to our patrons for all the kind words that we have received as we make every effort to provide library services that are safe for you and our staff. Unfortunately, due to the spike in coronavirus cases throughout our region, we had to make the difficult decision to postpone our in-house internet services. We are determined to open this service just as soon as these case numbers begin to flatten. While we cautiously wait for the coronavirus to level in our counties, we are expanding library services. Please read the full Message from the Director here.

Library announces expanded services

library services updatedAs part of its phased reentry plan, the Athens Regional Library System continues to expand its available services while protecting the health and safety of patrons and staff.

Curbside Holds Service: We’ve expanded our curbside service hours! Visit your local library branch’s webpage here. Place holds at our website, through the PINES mobile app, or by phone. We’ll notify you when your items are ready for pickup.

Book Drops: Our book drops are now open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please note, we’ll hold all returned items in quarantine before checking them in, which means your return won’t show up on your account right away. Don’t worry! No fines will be charged at this time. Please note, our libraries are not accepting donations for the time being.

Print Pickup: Need to print something but can’t do it at home? We’ve got you covered! Our libraries now offer curbside print pickup. Email your document to your local Athens Regional Library System branch, and we’ll notify you when it’s ready for pickup! Printouts will be available the next business day during curbside service hours. We also offer curbside pickup of tax forms, which can be requested by calling your library. Learn more about print pickup and find your library’s printing email here .

Athens-Clarke County Library: Passports Beginning Monday, Aug. 10, the Athens-Clarke County Library will begin accepting passport applications by appointment. Please call the library at 706-613-3650 to set up your appointment. Saturday appointments will be available!

Due to limited staffing at U.S. passport facilities, please note that passport applicants will experience a significant delay in receiving their passport and their original documentation due. Please check their website at for the most current information.

    • Please note appointments must be made via phone.
    • Masks must be worn.
    • Only the applicants should be present.

More information will be available soon!

Have you completed your 2020 Census yet?

censusThere’s still time to complete your 2020 U.S. Census! The Census directly impacts resources allocated for healthcare, education and infrastructure. It’s important to ensure everyone in our communities is counted. Completing the census is safe, secure and easy. It only takes about 10 minutes at Don’t forget: our libraries offer wi-fi access in our parking lots in case you need it. The deadline to respond to the Census is September 30, 2020. So far, 58.7% of Georgians have completed the 2020 Census. Let’s get to 100%! Read the latest statement on the Census from U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham, dated Aug. 3, 2020, here.

Read U.S. Rep. John Lewis's essay in the New York Times

File:John Lewis-2006 (cropped2).jpgCivil Rights leader and U.S. Representative John Lewis died July 17 at the age of 80. In the days before his death, he wrote an essay to be published on the day of his funeral. Click the link to read Rep. Lewis's essay, "Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation," in the Thursday, July 30 issue of The New York Times: Need remote access to the New York Times?

Athens readers part of Ray Bradbury Read-a-Thon, August 22

WUGA News Anchor/Reporter Alexia Ridley and Athens Regional Library System Children’s Services Coordinator Evan Michael Bush will join readers across the nation for a virtual read-a-thon celebrating author Ray Bradbury’s 100th birthday on Saturday, August 22. The read-a-thon will be streamed online on Aug. 22, 2020 and then remain available to view through Sept. 5 after the initial broadcast. To learn more about this great program, please visit Athens readers part of Ray Bradbury Read-a-Thon, August 22

Test your internet speed to help Georgia schools

speed test Now through August 31, Georgians are asked to participate in a free and simple internet speed test. The Georgia Broadband Deployment Initiative (GBDI) has launched the Speedtest® by Ookla® pilot project statewide, which is designed to equip school leaders with the clearest picture possible of internet connectivity for Georgia’s students and teachers for the upcoming school year.

Georgians are encouraged to download the free Ookla Speedtest app ( Android or iOS-Apple) to the various devices that they use to connect to the internet (smartphones, tablets, etc.) and take several tests in the places where connectivity is important to them. For laptops and desktop computers, visit

The easy-to-use Speedtest, along with the information available at the Broadband Initiative website, will assist school leaders as they plan for their digital learning strategies. Learn more here:

One-on-One Virtual Sessions: Heritage Room and Computer Tutorials

connecting Heritage Room virtual one-on-one sessions: Are you working on a research project or genealogy question? Need access to materials and support? Email or call us at 706-613-3650, ext. 350, to request a 45-minute one-on-one virtual research session. The Heritage Room staff will be available electronically or via telephone, to assist with genealogy research. These 45-minute one-on-one sessions are by appointment and are designed for those working on research projects, those with genealogy questions, and those who need access to materials. (Starting the week of 6/22)

Virtual One-on-One Computer Tutorials and Online Computer Classes: Need a little extra help with a computer skill? We now offer virtual one-on-one computer tutorials! These free, 45-minute interactive sessions cover basic computer skills like creating a Word doc, accessing the Internet and navigating Facebook. We also offer virtual computer classes on a range of topics from keyboard skills to Google Docs to Internet privacy and security. Patrons can register for computer classes or tutorials on our library’s virtual events calendar and can join in using Google Meet.

Resources That Promote Equity

current events resourcesThe Athens Regional Library System embraces diversity, inclusion, and social justice. These are a part of our organizational values and at the heart of our public services. We support the members of our communities who are in pain, those who are on a quest to educate themselves around the issues of race, and those wondering how to talk with children and young people about these issues. To help with those endeavors, we have developed the following list of resources. We will be adding to this list as the days go by. Much like the challenging events our communities have experienced over the last three months, the Library believes that we are in this together, and together we will see our way through. Visit our resources 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?covid stories 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.

Getting to Know Us

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Storytimes & Events - check out our calendar, blog, or connect with us Facebook!

Need a good read? Here are some book reviews from our staff.

Find Fun & Games or search for a good book from the library, find a book to down at eReadsKids, or do research at GAILEOKids.

More Resources: Check out our Parents' resources and Our homeschooling guide. We participate in 1000 Books Before Kindergarten and provide access to many other resources, like Muzzy Languages.

Finding Your Way Around: We are located on the first floor of the Athens-Clarke Library past the Teen Department. We have 3 study rooms, a storytime room, children's bathrooms, a photocopier and computer stations with educational games, programs, and filtered Internet access. All computers have headphones and access to a printer.

About Our Collections

  • PinesKids is a kid friendly catalog for search for library books & more.
  • GALILEOKids is a kid friendly suite of databases.
  • eReadsKids is a collection of kid and younger teen downloadable books & much more.

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Check out our Book Lists for information about how our books are organized or take a look at some book reviews from our staff.

Types of books:

  • Picture Books (storybooks and great read-alouds for birth to grade 2)
  • Board Books (for babies and toddlers)
  • Basic Readers (beginning readers and chapter books for children learning to read on their own, color-coded by grade level)
  • Non-Fiction (Information books for children of all ages)
  • Fiction (chapter books and novels for grades 2 - 5)

Highlights of our collections:

The Picture Book collection has a special section for Caldecott Medal Winners and many of the books have special browsing lables to help locate books by theme, like ABC's, 123's, colors, and holidays.

The Fiction collection has special labels that help you select an area of interest, such as fantasy, historical fiction, science fiction, and mystery. The bright pink "chapter book" labels in the fiction collection identify books that help a child graduate from picture books and basic readers to novels. They have chapters, are longer than 32 pages, have lots of illustrations throughout, and have larger size text. There is also a special section for Newbery Medal Winners.

The Basic Reader collection gathers together books for children just learning to read. Color coded labels on the book spine indicate the reading level.

  • Orange: very beginning reader
  • Dark Blue: first half of 1st grade
  • Light Blue: second half of 1st grade
  • Yellow: first half of 2nd grade
  • Purple: second half of 2nd grade
  • Pink: first half of 3rd grade
  • Green: second half of 3rd grade

Our catalog of books is online.

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GALILEO: Georgia's Virtual Library

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