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!

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 Director


Valerie Bell HeadshotOn 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.  Please read A Message from the Director for the full statement.  

How to Help After Irma

DONATIONS

How to help people affected by the storm:
Check this page for a list of trusted organizations: www.consumerreports.org/charitable-donations/best-ways-to-help-in-aftermath-of-hurricanes-harvey-and-irma.

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)

Tips from FEMA for after the hurricane:
https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-irma

FRAUD

National Center for Disaster Fraud at (866) 720-5721 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

HOUSING

To find temporary housing after a hurricane:
https://www.fema.gov/interim-housing-resources

INSURANCE

National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)
Check to see if you are eligible for reimbursement of actions taken to protect your property. 
https://nfip-iservice.com/Claims_TollFree/Toll-Free%20Number%20by%20WYO.pdf

PETS

Use the Hurricane Irma pet resources on this page to look for a lost dog or cat or post a found stranded animal.
https://bestfriends.org/hurricane-irma/hurricane-irma-resources

POWER

Information on power outages or to report an outage:
https://georgiapower.com/in-your-community/storm-center/after/home.cshtml

PRICE GOUGING

Report Price Gouging
Call: 1-866-966-7226

RECOVERY

USA.gov 

SMALL BUSINESS FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Getting financial assistance for small businesses affected by the storms: Allan Adams, director of the UGA Small Business Development Center, 706-542-6626, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., can speak to the availability of business disaster loans offered through the U.S. Small Business Administration.

VITAL DOCUMENTS

How to replace vital documents destroyed by the hurricane:
https://www.usa.gov/after-disaster#item-213436

Virtual Storytime

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