Based in Clarkesville, the Northeast Georgia Regional Library System consists of six affiliated libraries in Habersham, Rabun, Stephens and White Counties. The Habersham branches are in Clarkesville and Cornelia. The four counties cover a geographical area of approximately 1,067 square miles.
The two Habersham County Libraries joined with the Stephens County Library Program, with the exception of Toccoa, to form the Habersham-Stephens Regional Library System on July 15, 1944.
White County joined the system on December 19, 1951, and the name was changed to the Northeast Georgia Regional Library System. Rabun County joined on August 14, 1956, and the City of Toccoa joined July 1, 1966, completing the system as it exists today.
With its participation in the Georgia Library PINES (Georgia Library Public Information Network for Electronic Services) program, the Habersham Public libraries serve not only the residents of Habersham County, but also library users at 225 other participating libraries across the state. PINES lets library users check out and return books at any public library in Georgia, providing access to more than 7.5 million books, free of charge.
Clarkesville LibraryClarkesville/Habersham County Library
P.O. Box 2020
178 East Green Street Jefferson at Green Streets
Clarkesville, GA 30523
Hours of Operation
Monday through Thursday: 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
The Clarkesville-Habersham County Library contains more than 40,000 items. Its Heritage Room houses a large collection of local and Georgia history and genealogy, and focuses on Habersham County and the northward migration path.
The library has computers with access to the Internet, Microsoft Excel, Publisher, Word, educational software for children and more.
Books, videos, audio tapes and CDs may be checked out for two weeks. IRS forms are also available. Story hour for children on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.
Additional services for which there are charges include photocopying, faxing and laminating. Conference rooms are available by reservation for civic or church groups, business meetings, seminars, workshops, government agencies, nonprofit agencies, clubs and conferences. A small utilities fee is required of most groups.
Used books are for sale from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturdays.
Cornelia LibraryCornelia/Habersham County Public Library
301 North Main Street
Cornelia, GA 30531
Hours of Operation
Monday, Tuesday: 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The Cornelia Library is located near the heart of downtown Cornelia and houses more than 30,000 items available for circulation. A small city park immediately behind the library provides a great spot for a picnic under the trees.
The library offers the use of computer terminals, free to the public, for word processing and/or internet searching. There are also computers in the children’s section of the library with numerous educational games. Children’s Storytime is every Thursday at 10 a.m. with games, music, crafts, and stories aimed at children preschool and younger.
An annual Summer Reading Program offers prizes as reading incentives, live performers and numerous fun and educational activities for children 16 and younger.
Books, including best-sellers, Christian fiction, westerns, and large print; current magazines and newspapers; DVDs, VHS tapes , and books on CD and cassette are available for a two-week check-out period. There is a daily used book sale with mass market paperbacks at 50 cents each and hardbacks less than $5. Free magazines and books are also available daily.
Other services the library offers include photocopying, faxing, and printing, for nominal fees. The H. M. Stewart Sr. Community Room is available for reservation to civic or church groups, business meetings, seminars, workshops, government agencies, non-profit agencies, clubs and conferences. A small utilities fee is required of most groups.
Visit the Northeast Georgia Regional Library System website for more information.