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Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Georgia Public Library Service?
Mission Statement: The Georgia Public Library Service: Empowering libraries to improve the lives of Georgians

Georgia Public Library Service achieves its mission by:

For more information, read the GPLS Fact Sheets on the About GPLS page.

Where is my public library?
To locate your local Georgia public library, please visit the Public Library Directory.

How do I get a library card?
Please contact or visit your local Georgia public library for information about obtaining a library card.

Does my library have this book?
With millions of books, magazines, audios, videos, CDs and DVDs, your local Georgia public library probably has what you are looking for. Whether you are looking for journal articles on microbiology for your college science course, the latest New York Times best seller, music for your summer car trip or the latest comedy movie, your local public library is the place to start.

Check your local public library's Web site to search their online catalog or search the holdings of PINES participating library facilities to find what you are looking for.

What is PINES?
Georgia Library Public Information Network for Electronic Services, or PINES, is Georgia’s public library automation and lending network for 282 public libraries and affiliated service outlets in more than 140 counties. PINES serves patrons in all 159 Georgia counties. PINES is an initiative of the Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the University System of Georgia. PINES creates a statewide “borderless library” that eliminates geographic and socio-economic barriers and provides equal access to information for all Georgians. Georgians with PINES cards have access to materials beyond what is available on their local shelves, and they enjoy the benefits of a shared collection of approximately 10 million books and materials that can be delivered to their home library with no charge to them.

If you are a resident of Georgia, you are eligible to receive a free PINES library card. Visit a participating PINES facility for additional information.

Can I get a PINES library card?
If you are a resident of Georgia, you are eligible to receive a free PINES library card. Visit one of the PINES participating public libraries for additional information.

What is GALILEO?
The Georgia Public Library Service ensures that all Georgia public libraries and their users have access to GALILEO. GALILEO, an acronym for Georgia Library Learning Online, is an initiative of the University System of Georgia and serves as the state's virtual library. GALILEO provides access to multiple information resources such as scholarly journals, books, encyclopedias and business directories including secured access to licensed products. Public library users can access many of GALILEO's resources at home through remote password access.

How can I get a GALILEO password?
Library users receive their GALILEO password from their local Georgia public library. Please visit your local Georgia public library today to receive your password to access GALILEO's resources at home.

What if my question is not listed in the FAQ?
If you have a question about Georgia's public libraries that is not answered here, please feel free to contact us at or contact your local Georgia public library.

Georgians & Public Libraries

  • More than 1 of every 4 Georgians (26.5%) has a PINES card
  • More than 8,400 public-access workstations are currently available at Georgia’s public libraries
  • Georgia public libraries answered over 8 million reference questions last year
  • Georgians checked out over 39 million books, CDs, audios, videos, DVDs and other items last year

(Source: GPLS Statistics & Annual Report)