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Welcome to the {new} Heritage Room.

We're so grateful for your patience over the last two years as we improve our space--we're bringing family and local history research into the 21st century. The Heritage Room will have its grand re-opening during the new building's dedication, Sunday, April 7th from 2-6pm. We invite you to come explore our greatly expanded space, peruse our local history displays and marvel at the capabilities of our new ScanPro 2000.

Retired Heritage Room Librarian Laura Carter will be on-hand to introduce her successor, Angela Stanley. They both look forward to seeing you there!

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Research & Homework

ACCL Heritage Room Seeks Donations
for New Digital Microfilm Scanner

As we make plans to move into our new home, we are looking into some new furnishings. The ScanPro 2000 is a cutting-edge digital microfilm scanner that offers a wide variety of viewing and editing functions while remaining easy to use.

Clarke-Oconee Genealogical Society (COGS) has committed to providing $6500 toward this machine after seeing it demonstrated at national meetings and at the COGS EXPO. The Heritage Room must raise the remaining money ($6500.00) toward this machine before December 2012. A new version, ScanPro 3000 coming out in early 2013, has a much larger camera (21 megapixel instead of the 6 megapixel). The price will also be higher. However, IF we can purchase and take delivery of the ScanPro 2000 before the end of this year, the company will upgrade our machine to the new camera when it comes out at no extra charge. This is too good to pass up!

Donations of any amount are welcomed from $5.00 up. Click here to download the donation form. We appreciate your past and future support of the Heritage Room and the Athens-Clarke County Library. Please contact Laura Carter with questions at 706-613-3650 Ext. 327 or .

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  • New hours begin April 10, 2013
    The Heritage Room will officially reopen on April 10 at 9:00 a.m.! The new hours will be:
    • Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    • Thursday 1:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    • Friday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    • Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    • Sunday 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.

  • Operation during the Renovation
    The Heritage Room will be closed during the renovation of the library. We will be moving part of our collection to Reference. We will have a large portion of our microfilm collection out in that area along with the digital reader printer and one reader. We will have a large portion of our genealogy book collection available, but most of our general history collection will be in storage. Periodicals except for current issues will be in storage as well.

    The databases will still be available on computers in the Reference area - Ancestry Library Edition still only in a library building and Heritage Quest Online and available from home and in the library.

    Interlibrary loan materials that need to be used in-house can still be ordered and will be made available through the Reference desk. This includes microfilm and books from other repositories. This is not PINES holds and loans.

    Please call the Reference Desk (706-613-3650 ext 356) or email the heritage staff ( if you have any questions.

  • Donations
    Please consider donating your genealogical/historical materials to the Heritage Collection when you have finished using them. Donations may be tax deductible. Contact us for more information.

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  • Access
    View the Official Heritage Room Policy Regarding Access
    excerpts from this policy:
    With essential security restrictions, the collection in the Heritage Room is available for serious students of Georgia history, local history and genealogy of all ages, from the beginner to the experienced researcher.
    Written research questions via Internet, e-mail, fax, and U.S. Postal service will be answered by staff as time permits at the fees listed in the Fines/Fees schedule. No research questions received over the phone will be answered. Staff will be happy to fax or mail a form to people calling with research questions. (Research questions are more detailed and complex than reference questions and tend to take more than 10 minutes to research and answer via telephone.) If a patron who calls long distance cannot wait on the phone for the answer to a reference question, they should call back later to get the answer.
  • Reproduction & Usage
    View the Official Heritage Room Policy Regarding Reproduction & Usage
    excerpts from this policy:
    Before material (print, manuscript, photographic, illustrative or other formats) from the collections of the Heritage Room may be quoted in print, or otherwise reproduced, in whole or in part, in any publication, permission must be obtained from 1) the owner of the physical property, and 2) the holder of the copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain both sets of permission.
    The Heritage Room, the Athens-Clarke County Library or the Athens Regional Library System are not responsible for any illegal or improper use of material from its collection or reproduction of same.
    Reproductions may not be made for or donated to other collections, libraries, archives, museums, or other repositories by the applicant without prior written consent of the Library Director.
  • Loans
    View the Official Heritage Room Policy Regarding Loans
    excerpts from this policy:
    Materials will not be removed from the Heritage Room without the authorization of the Library Director or the Heritage Room Librarian/Specialist. As a general rule, only materials which the Heritage Room has duplicate copies of will be available for Interlibrary Loan. These may be loaned to other institutions with an "In Library Use Only" stipulation. When the physical condition of material permits, photocopies may be made. It is unlikely that materials donated to the Heritage Room for a particular collection ie. Phinizy Spalding Collection, will be loaned even in the instance of duplicate copies.
  • Fines & Fees
    • Microform Reader/printer - $.10/page
    • Archival copy charge - $.25/page
    • Extra large paper copy charge - $.50/page
    • Research Fees:
      • Georgia residents: $15.00/hour
      • Non-Georgia residents: $25.00/hour
    • Fees should accompany request for information and are non-refundable. The fee for each search will include the following: (1) up to 12 photocopies for most orders with a citation of the source, or (2) a Report of Search, indicating all sources searched if no information

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Meet Angela Stanley, the new Heritage Room Librarian

Angela C. S. Stanley is a Georgia transplant by way of New York City, but spent her childhood in pastoral New Hampshire.

She received her Masters Degree in Library and Information Science and her Certificate for Advanced Study in Archives, Records Management, and Preservation from Queens College. She worked at the New York Public Library for three years before moving to Valdosta, where she worked at the Satilla Regional Library System. She has completed a variety of digitization projects and looks forward to, among other things, creating a digital repository for Heritage Room materials.

Angela is working fastidiously to prepare the Heritage Room for its grand re-opening in April, and is exceedingly grateful to Laura for showing her the ropes, as well as for her uncompromising stewardship of the Heritage Room over the past fifteen years.

She lives with her husband, Patrick, a native Valdostan, and her 8-month-old daughter, Garance.

The Heritage Room Closes for the Renovation

The Heritage Room may be temporarily closing but that doesn't mean your genealogy research has to temporarily stop. The Heritage Room will close August 1, 2011 for the building's renovation and will have only part of its resources in the Reference area until the building is complete, probably in 2013.

The following handouts explain the databases, web sites and tools you can use from home to continue your genealogy research:

During the last phase of construction, all microfilm from Reference is still available, and a smaller, Georgia-focused collection of books. For more details about which Heritage Room book resources are available, please read the information provided on our blog.

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"This Day in Athens" Blog

"This Day in Athens" is the blog for the Heritage Room. In addition to updates on events, classes, and new books, the site will have a couple of history items every week. Subjects will range from milestone events and important people in our history to newspaper stories and notices that provide a peek into daily life of Athens, Georgia in another era. For each post, we'll provide links to the Athens-Clarke County Library online catalog and other websites where you can learn more about the subjects covered in the post. We hope you'll enjoy our blog!

"This Day in Athens" Blog

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