The Heritage Room at Athens-Clarke County Library

The Heritage Room is located on the 2nd floor of the Athens-Clarke County Library, 2025 Baxter St., Athens, Georgia, 30605. It is the headquarters of the Archives and Special Collections Department and houses a non-circulating collection of local history, genealogy, and southern history books, microfilm, and archival materials.


  • Wednesday: 10 am – 8 pm
  • Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm
  • Friday: 9 am – 6 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am – 6 pm
  • Sunday: 2 pm – 6 pm

Visiting the Heritage Room

Patrons must register with the Heritage Room upon their initial visit, and sign in and out of the room on all subsequent visits. A PINES card is not required to use the Heritage Room. Patrons are allowed to bring laptop computers, tablet computers, and personal scanners into the Heritage Room. As long as a flash is not used, digital cameras and cell phone cameras are also permitted.

Patrons in the Heritage Room have access to the books, periodicals, microforms, vertical file records, and databases available.

Due to the nature of the Heritage Room collection, essential security restrictions are in place. Materials from the Heritage Room collection may only be accessed during hours the Heritage Room is open and staffed. Heritage Room books will bear a distinguishing “GR” — for “Georgia Room” — before the call number. The collection does not circulate.
Patrons are required to leave any bags and other personal belongings in the lockers near the entrance to the Heritage Room. Lockers are provided as a courtesy to Heritage Room patrons only, and should be emptied at the conclusion of the patron’s visit.

Permission to Publish

The Heritage Room is committed to supporting research, teaching, scholarship, publication, and artistic production involving use of the Library’s special collections materials. To remove barriers to such uses, it is not necessary to seek the Library’s permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials from the Heritage Room. This applies whether the use is non-commercial or commercial.

Requests for permission to publish from the small number of collections for which the Athens-Clarke County Library does own copyright must be in writing and include a full description of the material to be published, citation of where and in what format the material will be published, and any relevant details to the publication. Permission is granted for one use only and is not transferable to any other person, organization, or entity. Additional uses require additional written requests, and will be considered separately.

Requests for permission to publish should be addressed to:

Attn: Archives and Special Collections Coordinator
Bibliothèque du comté d'Athènes-Clarke
2025, rue Baxter
Athens, Georgia 30606


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