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Georgia Public Library Service
Georgia Public Library Service logo.jpg
1800 Century Pl, Atlanta, GA July 2019.jpg
Building where GPLS is headquartered
EstablishedOctober 1, 1996; 24 years ago (1996-10-01)
TypeGovernment agency
Coordinates33°50′55.2084″N 84°18′49.5648″W / 33.848669000°N 84.313768000°W / 33.848669000; -84.313768000Coordinates: 33°50′55.2084″N 84°18′49.5648″W / 33.848669000°N 84.313768000°W / 33.848669000; -84.313768000
State Librarian
Julie Walker
Budget (2015)
$24.4 million[1]

The Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS) is the state agency for libraries in the U.S. State of Georgia and a unit of the University System of Georgia. The service was initially founded in 1996 after the inception of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), and in July 2000 moved from the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education (DTAE) to the Georgia Board of Regents and University System of Georgia.[2] Julie Walker is the current State Librarian.[3][4]



Established in 1999 the Public Information Network for Electronic Services (PINES) is the nearly statewide library consortium and its online library catalog of the Georgia Public Library Service. PINES effectively turns most of the state of Georgia into one huge library with 284 library facilities in 143 counties across the state.[5] PINES also developed Evergreen, an open-source integrated library system which is used worldwide in approximately 1,800 libraries to run their consortial catalogs.[6]


GeorgiA LIbrary LEarning Online (GALILEO), is an initiative the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia to bring subscription-only database access to thousands of libraries throughout Georgia. Participating libraries in the state have access to hundreds of databases containing over 400,000 serial titles in full text and over 100,000 e-books. Other resources offered to the more than 2,000 organizations involved with GALILEO include encyclopedias, legal resources, business directories, and government publications.[7]

GALILEO also runs the Digital Library of Georgia which is an online public collection of documents and media covering the history of Georgia. Large archives of newspapers are continuously digitized and added to this collection.[8]


Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS) is an accessible library service in Georgia that provides reading materials to those who, due to disabilities, are unable to read standard print. This includes people with varying levels of visual acuity, those unable to turn pages, or any other individual certified by a medical doctor as having a reading disability.[9]


The Georgia Public Library Service also runs a bimonthly publication regarding its affiliated organizations.

See also


  1. ^ Warburton, Bob (February 3, 2014). "Georgia Tweaks State Funding Formula to Prioritize Librarians". Library Journal. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  2. ^ Veatch, Lamar (July 9, 2007). "Library Services & Technology Act Five-Year Plan for Georgia's Libraries 2008 to 2012" (PDF). Georgia Public Library Service. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  3. ^ "GPLS Staff Directory". Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  4. ^ "SILS Alumna, Julie Walker, Named State Librarian of Georgia". School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. May 9, 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  5. ^ "About PINES". Public Information Network for Electronic Services. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Evergreen Libraries by Country". Evergreen. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  7. ^ "About the Initiative". GALILEO. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Historic Savannah newspapers now online at UGA Libraries". OnlineAthens. Athens Banner-Herald. June 10, 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  9. ^ "About Us". Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services. Retrieved 22 June 2017.

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