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Visit Georgia's 10 Most Beautiful Libraries

GPLS News, April 2018

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Patrons can pick up a copy of Georgia's 10 Most Beautiful Libraries Passport at any public library in the state, and then get it stamped at each of the libraries featured below.

From a 130-year-old English Baroque library with stained glass crafted by Tiffany to a seaside casino turned National Literary Landmark to a contemporary Atlanta architectural icon, the list of Georgia's 10 Most Beautiful Public Libraries offers a treasure trove of charms waiting to be discovered!

Use the information and maps on this page to plan your visits!

Libraries are listed in chronological order (Click photos name to see more information):

The Mary Willis Library in Washington (1888)

Mary Willis Library
204 East Liberty Street; Washington, GA 30673

Architect: Edmund George Lind
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
Headquarters of the Bartram Trail Regional Library System

The Carnegie Branch Library in Savannah (1914)

Carnegie Branch Library
537 East Henry Street; Savannah, GA 31401

Architect: Julian deBruyn Kops
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
A branch of Live Oak Public Libraries

The Washington Memorial Library in Macon (1923)

Washington Memorial Library [APPROVED]
1180 Washington Avenue; Macon, GA 31201

Architect: Nisbet & Dunwody
Headquarters of the Middle Georgia Regional Library

The St. Simons Island Public Library (1937)

St. Simons Island Public Library
530-A Beachview Drive; St. Simons Island, GA 31522

Architects: Artley & Company (1936 orignal); John A. Tuten & Associates (2006 renovation)
A designated National Literary Landmark of the American Library Association/United for Libraries
A branch of Marshes of Glynn Libraries

The Buckhead Branch Library in Atlanta (1989)

Buckhead Branch Library
269 Buckhead Avenue NE; Atlanta, GA 30305

Architect: Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects
2014 Georgia AIA (American Institute of Architects) Test of Time Award; 1993 National AIA Award of Excellence; 1991 National AIA and American Library Association Awards of Excellence; 1990 Georgia AIA Award of Excellence; 1990 Urban Design Commission Award of Excellence
A branch of Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System

The Columbus Public Library (2005)

Columbus Public Library
3000 Macon Rd; Columbus, GA 31906

Architect: Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Headquarters of Chattahoochee Valley Libraries

The Hamilton Mill Library in Dacula (2011)

Hamilton Mill Library
3690 Braselton Highway; Dacula, GA 30019

Architect: Precision Planning Inc.
A branch of Gwinnett County Public Library
2011 Library Journal New National Landmark Library Award; 2010 Building of America Gold Medal Winner; Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
(LEED) Gold Certification

The Dog River Public Library in Douglasville (2011)

Dog River Public Library
6100 Georgia Highway 5; Douglasville, GA 30135

Architect: Ponder & Ponder
A branch of the West Georgia Regional Library

The Porter Memorial Library in Covington (2011)

Porter Memorial Library
6191 Highway 212; Covington, GA 30016

Architect: Craig Gaulden Davis
A branch of the Newton County Public Library
2011 AIA South Carolina Committee on the Environment Honor Award; Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification

The Metropolitan Library in Atlanta (2015)

Metropolitan Library
1332 Metropolitan Parkway; Atlanta, GA 30310

Architect: Smith Dalia Architects
2016 AIA South Carolina Design Honor Award; 2016 AIA South Carolina Interior Architecture Design Honor Award; 2016 International Interior Design Association Georgia Best of the Best Award; 2016 American Infrastructure Magazine Building of the Year; Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification
A branch of Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System

To identify and recognize these libraries, GPLS solicited help from residents around the state. After a two-month online-submission campaign, the agency received nominations recommending a total of 60 facilities.

“Those libraries were then judged on their overall design, both in form and function, as well as for their interior and exterior styles and sense of timelessness,” explained State Librarian Julie Walker. “We also wanted to recognize libraries that are, or were, innovative for their time, as well as those whose design reflects and serves their respective communities.”

A panel of public library and architecture professionals reviewed the candidates this winter and, over the course of three rounds of voting, narrowed the 60 nominees down to 10.

Based on the judges’ recommendations, the passports shine a spotlight on seven additional public libraries that did not make the final 10 but whose architectural significance or spectacular settings make them equally worthy destinations for travelers. These facilities include: