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Dec. 4, 2019
ATLANTA – The Georgia Public Library Service’s PINES unveiled its new logo today, ahead of the initiative’s 20th anniversary in 2020.
“PINES offers equity in access to information through its shared collection of 11 million library materials that anyone with a PINES card can have delivered to their library, no matter where they live in Georgia,” said State Librarian Julie Walker. “We are thrilled to share PINES’ new logo, which we feel represents the continuing growth and innovation of this ever-evolving service to Georgia residents.”
Georgia Library Public Information Network for Electronic Services, or PINES, creates a statewide borderless library that eliminates geographic and socio-economic barriers, and the initiative is one way that Georgia Public Library Service provides a forward-thinking, scalable service that strengthens access to information and saves taxpayer money.
Over its 20 years, PINES has saved Georgia’s public libraries $12 million in one-time costs and more than $79 million in ongoing costs. These savings have allowed libraries to use limited funds on other needed resources and services for patrons.
Nearly two million Georgians have PINES library cards, and cardholders live in every county in the state. Resources carried by the 300 PINES libraries are a great supplement to college materials, and PINES also connects Georgians to online resources that improve job skills. Any resident of Georgia may obtain a free PINES card by visiting a PINES library.
PINES also provides automation, training and courier services to libraries for a fraction of the $24 million that would be required to pay for the same services on a system-by-system basis. With an annual budget of $1.1 million, the PINES program costs less than 58 cents for each cardholder.
Learn more about PINES here.
The Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS) empowers libraries to improve the lives of all Georgians by encouraging reading, literacy, and education through the continuing support and improvement of our public libraries. GPLS is a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. www.georgialibraries.org #georgialibraries