Georgia’s Public Libraries: Making an Impact

Highlights from Fiscal Year 2022 Data

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Libraries Impact Communities

During Library Card Sign-Up Month, we are reminding Georgians of some unexpected benefits of a free library [...]

Students who participated in their local public library’s summer reading program often feel more prepared to take on [...]

  • NLS Director Jason Broughton and Kristin White, GLS director

By Kristin White, director of Georgia Library Service (GLS) for the Blind and [...]

Georgia libraries: Big Impact, Big Returns on Investment

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For every dollar they receive in funding, Georgia’s public libraries provide $3.21 in goods and services.

Libraries have reimagined their spaces, collections, and services to meet their community needs.

Learn about how Georgia’s public libraries are tripling the return on investment. 

Georgians own library cards!

girl holding book standing with grandmother“We love our library. The people who work here are nice and there is so much to do. They have lots of activities for everyone in our family. We enjoy coming here.”

Libraries make communities better

Georgia’s public libraries provide access to movies, music, books, foreign language lessons, career readiness tools, college test prep materials… and a whole lot more. Millions of Georgians enjoy these resources every year, in-person and virtually!

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Youth Materials Circulation
GALILEO Usage via Public Libraries
Talking Book Circulations

Technology in Libraries

Internet access is essential to thrive in the 21st century. From employment to health to recreational learning, the web allows people to lead productive lives. Through public libraries, Georgians have access to over 9,500 public-access Internet computers in every county across the state.

  • ALL of Georgia’s public libraries are connected to the Internet!

  • 3,463,156 computer sessions
  • 5,518,398 wireless sessions

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Libraries Impact Families

Through programs such as Prime Time Family Reading Time, Get Georgia Reading, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, and an annual Summer Reading Program, public libraries help prepare young Georgians for a lifetime of learning.