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Athens-Clarke County Library & Heritage Room

The Athens Clarke County Library offers extensive holdings, a Heritage research room, and wide range of programming, from workshops to live music to movie screenings.


Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Friday - Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Sunday 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Heritage Room

The Heritage Room provides extensive history and genealogy resources from the Athens area, the state of Georgia, and the Southeastern United States. Features in their new greatly expanded space, include local history displays and a new ScanPro 2000. They are happy to help you with your research!

Among the Heritage Room resources:

  • All Athens newspapers on Microfilm
  • Newspaper Abstract books
  • Athens-Clarke County Local History collection
  • Civil War Reference Sets, including Rosters and Pension Index
  • Clarke County Deeds & Mortgages (and their Indexes) on Microfilm
  • Athens City Directories (some gaps; some on Microfilm only)
  • Athens-Clarke County Yearbooks § General genealogy resources
  • Family name histories
  • Georgia City Directories on Microfilm
  • University of Georgia Pandoras, 1930-1993 (some gaps)
  • Passenger List and immigration resources
  • Clarke County Wills & Estate Records on Microfilm
  • Clarke County Marriage Records on Microfilm
  • Native American genealogy resources
  • Revolutionary War Indexes and Pension Files
  • General Civil War history
  • State and some County resources for New England, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, and, of course, Georgia


Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Thursday 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Friday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Sunday 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

The Heritage Room's blog, This Day in Athens, provides fascinating tidbits of information; check it out!

The Library Store

The Library Store has moved to a new location, near the front entrance of the building.They offers a selection of books, children's games and activities. Geodes, collectible stones, and puzzles are best sellers. A great gift idea is a collection of decorative magnets made from Jinja Fair Trade. These magnets are made by people in a Kenyan village for sale worldwide with  proceeds benefitting their health clinic.

Due to popular demand, the Library Store has added several local Athens-made products including:

  • Bookmarks, notecards  and prints of original oil paintings by S. V. Bricka,
  • Ruffle scarves  hand-knit by Priscilla Golley,
  • Silk scarves  hand-painted by Lorna Messing,
  • Athens postcards,  journals and prints from Double-Dutch Press,
  • Hand-made journals by  Rachel Parham, and
  • Whimsical monster  purses by Clara Mongoose.


Monday - Thursday 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Friday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Dewayne Reynolds

    From: April 02, 2015 - April 02, 2015
Enjoy a show with magic, music and balloon artistry as part of the library’s 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten series! In Multipurpose Rooms. View Details

Josie S. Bailey

    From: April 09, 2015 - April 09, 2015
Travel on a voyage of discovery, humor and understanding as storyteller Josie S. bailey captures your imagination and transports you to another place ... View Details

Library Birthday Party and Puppet Show!

    From: April 11, 2015 - April 11, 2015
Celebrate the library’s birthday party with a puppet show performance and enjoy a slice of birthday cake! Sponsored by the Friends of Athens-Cla... View Details

Possum Kingdom Ramblers

    From: April 16, 2015 - April 16, 2015
Join quite possibly the greatest faux-grass, cheesy rock and pop-done-in-bluegrass-style band on the planet for a fun concert! Part of the library&rs... View Details

Trivia Night!

    From: April 21, 2015 - April 21, 2015
Join the Friends of the Library for a free, fun Trivia Night, led by the library’s own Eddie Whitlock. There will be prizes! In Multipurpose Ro... View Details

Earth Day at the Library

    From: April 22, 2015 - April 22, 2015
Celebrate our love of the earth with a special all-ages  program! In Appleton Auditorium. View Details

Movie Night: April Showers Edition - Singin' in the Rain

    From: April 23, 2015 - April 23, 2015
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Ron Anglin

    From: April 23, 2015 - April 23, 2015
With over 5,000 shows experience, no audience can resist Ron Anglin! You will laugh, be amazed, and learn at this exciting show by a master juggler! P... View Details

The Silk Road: The Art of Margaret Anger

    From: April 23, 2015 - May 24, 2015
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Beyond Ferguson: A Community Empowerment Summit

    From: April 25, 2015 - April 25, 2015
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¡Día de los Niños, Día de los Cuentos!

    From: April 27, 2015 - April 27, 2015
Celebrate Día, a national celebration of the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. Join the library for a special bilin... View Details

Exhibit: Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry

    From: April 29, 2015 - June 26, 2015
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Drumming Up Stories

    From: April 30, 2015 - April 30, 2015
Join David Holland for an assembly-style program, where audiences learn how the drum was first used to communicate, how instruments can be created fr... View Details

Go! Green Day @ Your Library

    From: May 02, 2015 - May 02, 2015
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