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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.

Exhibit: Quilts: The Tapestry of Life

    From: January 03, 2015 - February 22, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
A collection of antique quilts owned by Quilt archivist and historian Madeline Hawley and other members of the Cotton Patch Quilters may be seen in t... View Details

Tre Powell

    From: February 01, 2015 - February 01, 2015
Powell will perform a variety of music styles, including R&B, folk and alternative. The concert begins at 3 p.m. in the library’s Appleton A... View Details

Mardi Gras for Teens

    From: February 13, 2015 - February 13, 2015
  Come join the Athens-Clarke County Library’s Teen Department as they celebrate Mardi Gras! The Teen Department will provide traditiona... View Details

Beech Haven: A Hidden Arts and Crafts Landscape in the Heart of Athens

    From: February 16, 2015 - February 16, 2015
  Helen and Nat Kuykendall will trace the history of the Rowland Family’s historic rustic retreat and discuss the Arts and Crafts design... View Details

Movie Night at the Library Featuring The Purple Rose of Cairo

    From: February 19, 2015 - February 19, 2015
On Feb. 19, join us to view Woody Allen’s charming anti-romance, The Purple Rose of Cairo, at “Movie Night: Meta-Romance Edition.” View Details

Suzuki School Violin Concert

    From: February 21, 2015 - February 21, 2015
  Students from the UGA Community Music School’s Suzuki Violin program will perform a concert for us! These amazing performers are aged ... View Details

Exhibit: Dressing Up: A Gimlet-Eyed Look at Fashion from a Century Ago

    From: February 26, 2015 - March 24, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
Are you an avid viewer of Downton Abbey? Whether you’re an Anglophile or a dedicated follower of fashion, you’ll find something to love i... View Details

Lecture: Dressing Up: A Gimlet-Eyed Look at Fashion from a Century Ago

    From: February 26, 2015 - February 26, 2015
Are you an avid viewer of Downton Abbey? Whether you’re an Anglophile or a dedicated follower of fashion, you’ll find something to blog a... View Details

Read Across America: Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

    From: February 28, 2015 - February 28, 2015
  Join us for a special storytelling program as we get ready for the National Education Association’s Read Across America, an annual rea... View Details