25: East Side Public Library Project

Upcoming Public Input Listening Sessions

  • Saturday, October 1 - 10:00 AM until Noon (drop in anytime)
    Fire Station #7 Community Room (2350 South Barnett Shoals Road) 
  • Monday, October 3 - 10:00 AM until Noon (drop in anytime)
    Living Hope Church (2150 Lexington Road)
  • Monday, October 3 - 5:00-7:00 PM (drop in anytime)
    East Athens Development Corporation (410 McKinley Drive)

Related Documents

East Side Library Work Session Presentation to the Mayor & Commission - September 13, 2022

East Side Public Library Site Selection Criteria & Programming Public Input through Oct. 7

The Athens-Clarke County Unified Government (ACCGov) invites residents to provide input on site selection criteria and other elements of a new public library branch on the east side of the community.  

Site selection criteria provides a series of guidelines for evaluating potential sites for the library. The criteria may include characteristics such as acreage, connection to utilities, Transit access, public ownership, and other factors. 

Public input will also be accepted through an online survey linked above through October 7.

Approximately $14.4 million has been designated for the East Side Public Library through SPLOST funds. This funding includes design, construction, public art, books, land acquisition, permitting, and furniture and equipment among other items. 

The public will also have the opportunity to suggest potential sites for the library during the site selection process. After public feedback on site selection criteria ends, staff will present recommended site selection criteria to the project user group and the Mayor and Commission later this fall in order to begin evaluating sites that meet the criteria. 

Additional public input opportunities are planned as the project moves through additional phases for site selection and design.

Project Statement

This project will provide funding for land acquisition, design, construction, and/or equipping of a facility and/or renovations, improvements, additions to, and equipping of an existing facility for the purpose of extending library services to county residents on the east side of Athens-Clarke County. 

This annex facility would be a full-service library consistent with the level of resources and services provided at other similarly situated public libraries in the county. Depending upon costs and funding availability, the facility may include, but not be limited to, spaces such as meeting rooms, study rooms, children’s area, teen area, popular reading space, computer spaces, a creation space complete with digital and modern technology, innovative spaces and technology, and associated parking and general infrastructure to support the facility. 

This project may also provide funding for the purchase of enhanced technology, access improvements for the disabled, and purchase of library resources for the Athens-Clarke County Libraries. Additionally, to the extent allowed by law, funds may be used as matching funds for leveraging grant opportunities.

Estimated Cost:  
SPLOST 2020 Budget
$14,449,000
Estimated Annual Operating Impact
$753,000