winter holidays

Closed for Winter Holidays: December 24-26

All libraries in the Athens Regional Library System will be closed December 24 through December 26, for the holidays. Regular hours resume on December 27. Happy Holidays from everyone at the library!

Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services

GLASS: Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services

Effective January 1, the GLASS outreach services program will be conducted out of the Atlanta office.  If you formerly contacted the staff at Athens Regional Library to get updates on GLASS, training or other outreach services, please contact GLASS at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request these services. You can also telephone GLASS at 1-800-248-6701.

Resources of interest

magni voice text-to-speech converter
Magni voice text-to-speech converter

Are you or someone you know print impaired? That means you can’t see well enough to read standard print, hold a book, or turn the pages of a book. If so, use library resources to help with day-to-day chores. 

  • The easy-to-use MagniLink Voice text-to-speech converter can read printed text aloud. It’s handy to let visually impaired folks privately check on their bills and other correspondence. 
  • A hand-held digital magnifier can be used over reading material and has adjustable screen magnification to suit individual needs. 
  • Computer access can be easier with one of our two high contrast keyboards set up in the computer area to make typing easier. The video magnifier, also set up in the computer area, enlarges print that is too small to read and puts it directly onto a computer screen. It’s great for books, magazines, newspapers and more. How to find and use these technical marvels? Check with the upstairs reference desk staff. They are happy to help.

georgia radio reading serviceGeorgia Radio Reading Service

 You may know about Talking Books, a Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS) program for print impaired readers, but have you heard about our partner organization, Georgia Radio Reading Service, or GaRRS? Talking Books provide books, magazines and other materials via US mail, mobile app, or download, while GaRRS delivers local information, local and national newspapers and more over a special radio frequency, by telephone, webstream or mobile app. 

Volunteers narrate over 200 articles per month, broadcasting 24/7. Persons who qualify for GLASS can apply for GaRRS to access up-to-the-minute current affairs and informative quality-of-life programs. Both are free services. For information on GaRRS call 404-685-2820 or 1-800-672-6173, or visit the website at garrs.org. For information about Talking Books, ask your librarian, phone the Athens GLASS office 706-613-3655 or visit http://georgialibraries.org/glass/.

currency_readerU.S. Currency Reader 

Telling one bill from another can be an issue for those with limited vision. A system of folding money specific ways to tell the ones from the twenties can help. For instance, $1 bills can be left plain, $5 bills folded lengthwise, $10 bills by width, and $20 bills lengthwise and then by width. 

It’s great for paying out, but what about receiving money? The Bureau of Engraving and Printing to the rescue! BEP will provide blind and visually impaired citizens and legal residents a “talking” currency reader at no cost. 

Visit https://www.moneyfactory.gov/uscurrencyreaderpgm.html for an application. You can also call (844) 815-9388 toll-free or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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