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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.

Harry Potter’s Birthday Party

    From: July 31, 2014 - July 31, 2014
Celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday! Dress up as your favorite character for a chance to win prizes. There will be trivia, wand-making crafts, Po... View Details

Live! at the Library: Shawn Wilcox

    From: August 03, 2014 - August 03, 2014
The grandson of a Tennessee moonshiner, Shawn Wilcox is a guitarist, composer, arranger and producer who may change your notions about what old-time ... View Details

Open Chess Play

    From: August 04, 2014 - August 04, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Monday
Players of all skill levels are encouraged to attend. Members of the local Chess and Community Conference will be on hand to assist players and build... View Details

Summer Reading Performance Series: Children’s Summer Puppet Show

    From: August 09, 2014 - August 09, 2014
Celebrate summer's end with David Stephens of All Hands Productions as he performs a puppet show for children of all ages and their families at the A... View Details

Beech Haven: An Historic Arts and Crafts Garden in the Heart of Athens

    From: August 12, 2014 - August 12, 2014
The Athens-Clarke County Library's Heritage Room invites you to learn about a natural treasure nestled in the middle of the Classic City in a special... View Details

Now You Have Time: Write That Book

    From: August 14, 2014 - August 14, 2014
  Have a good idea for book to write someday when you have time? It's not too late. Author Bill Hale wrote "that book" which was his... View Details

COGS Meeting: Karen Thompson Ledford

    From: August 16, 2014 - August 16, 2014
Join the Clarke-Oconee Genealogical Society as they welcome author and researcher Karen Thompson Ledford, author of the These Men Wore Grey series. ... View Details

Friends of Athens-Clarke County Library Book Sale

    From: August 16, 2014 - August 17, 2014
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Books & Bites: Georgia Women, Volume II

    From: August 28, 2014 - August 28, 2014
UGA Associate Professor of History Kathleen Ann Clark will discuss her work on the second volume of Georgia Women, which she co-edited with Ann Short... View Details