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Hart County Library

Hart County Library, 150 Benson Street, Hartwell, GA 30643
Phone: 706-376-4655 Fax: 706-376-1157
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Founded in 1938, Hart County Library is a charter member of the Georgia PINES Library network. The Georgia Library Public Information Network for Electronic Services, or PINES, is Georgia's public library automation and lending network for 284 libraries. PINES is an initiative of the Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the University System of Georgia. It is the public library automation and lending network for 284 libraries and affiliated service outlets in 53 library systems covering 143 counties (53 of the 63 library systems in Georgia).

The PINES network creates a statewide "borderless library" that helps to eliminate geographic and socio-economic barriers and provides equal access to information for all Georgians. Georgians with a PINES library card have access to materials beyond what is available on their local shelves and enjoy the benefits of a shared collection - over 10 million items - that can be delivered to their home library with no charge to the library user, contributing to a more educated Georgia through lifelong learning.

Hart County Library also provides access to GALILEO - GeorgiA LIbrary LEarning Online, an initiative of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. A web-based virtual library, GALILEO provides access to numerous informational resources – over 100 databases indexing thousands of periodicals and scholarly journals – to over 2000 institutions. More than 10,000 journal titles are provided in full-text. Other resources include encyclopedias, business directories, and government publications.

Hart County Library offers Public Internet Access, a copier and fax machine, programs for children and adults, story times, and Meeting Rooms. We have the Anderson Independent, Athens Daily News, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal. We have one weekly newspaper, The Hartwell Sun from 1877 to the present, in paper format and on microfilm.

Hart County Library was awarded the title of Georgia Public Library of the Year for 2016 by the Georgia Public Library Service, recognizing that this library staff best exemplifies the qualities needed to positively impact the lives of residents in the communities it serves. The library has received official commendations for their award from the State House of Representatives, the Governor of Georgia, and from the United States Congress.
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Library News : Labor Day Closing
Posted by rsanders on 2020/9/4 18:10:32 (64 reads)

REMINDER: Hart County Library will be closed on Monday, September 7th, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. The library will resume its current schedule (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM) on Wednesday, September 9th. We hope you all have a fun and safe holiday!

Library News : The 2020 Census – SHAPE YOUR/OUR FUTURE
Posted by rsanders on 2020/8/7 14:25:51 (195 reads)

NOTE: The Census Bureau has announced a new deadline for responding to the 2020 Census -- September 30th -- and Georgia is only at a 59% response rate. This is our chance to affect state and Federal funding, as well as government representation for the next decade -- please help Hart County provide an accurate count!

The library’s census computers are online – please come by the library during our open hours to use our machines (it only takes a few minutes!), or by one of these alternate methods:

1) Online at my2020Census.gov

2) By calling 1-844-330-2020

3) By mailing back the paper form you received in the mail.


Please call the library (706-376-4655) if you have any questions.

Library News : REMINDER: Library hours, etc.
Posted by rsanders on 2020/7/13 21:28:16 (243 reads)

Hart County Library is currently operating on a limited schedule. We're open from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

We are open to the public during these hours (masks are required), but we're still operating our "Porch Pickup" for reserved books/materials, as well. Give us a call at 706-376-4655 for additional information.

We're not doing copies or faxes just now, but we have three public computers available for 30-minute sessions (please call to reserve a time), or, if you just need a document printed, send it in an e-mail to hartlibrarynews@yahoo.com (being sure to include your name and phone number) and we'll print the document and call you when it's available.


Library News : UPDATE: Donations
Posted by rsanders on 2020/7/3 10:00:00 (280 reads)

I hate to make this announcement, because, as a rule, we appreciate the generous book donations we get here. PLEASE HANG ONTO YOUR DONATIONS FOR NOW. I can appreciate that a lot of folks are taking this time to clean house and get rid of things, but we don't have space for them, and we don't want to have to clean and quarantine them -- and just dropping them off outside the building or leaving them in the book deposit slot isn't helpful. Thank you.

Library News : Update to (temporary) library hours and services
Posted by rsanders on 2020/5/27 21:18:17 (450 reads)

UPDATE: The library is re-opening, but – for the safety of the staff and the patrons – it’s going to be a step-by-step process. As of today, May 27th, we are open for limited services – basically just checking out books and other materials. We’ll be very glad to see our friends come back, but there are going to be a few rules in place for a time.

• We’ll be open for service from 10:00 – 2:00 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to begin.

• Porch Pickup will still be in operation – you can still reserve books for pickup in the library vestibule. Reserves can be placed through the PINES hold process, or you can phone in requests, or e-mail us at hartlibrarynews@yahoo.com.

• Only 6 patrons will be allowed in at a time, for 15-20 minutes for browsing and checkout.

• Masks and social distancing are required.

• The public computers will not be available quite yet, but we can do printouts for you – e-mail your document(s) to hartlibrarynews@yahoo.com and include your name and phone number. We’ll call you when the printouts are available to be picked up. (We’re sorry, but we will not be doing faxes and photocopies at this time.)

• Please continue to return books in the book deposit slot – even when we’re open. Books will be cleaned and then isolated for 72 hours before being returned to the shelves, so some books may not be available for checkout immediately.

• If you have any questions, please call us at (706) 376-4655.

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