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Guide for New Users

Welcome! Are you new to the Clayton County Library System, or just want a quick overview of how to use the library? This page is for you!

  1. Your Library Card
  2. Library Locations
  3. Books and Other Library Materials
  4. Magazines, Newspapers, and Online Resources
  5. How to Get Help
  6. Library Computers and Equipment
  7. Classes, Programs, and Special Events
  8. Resources for Kids and Teens
  9. How You Can Help the Library

1. Your Library Card

In order to make full use of the library's resources and services, you must have a Clayton County-issued PINES library card in good standing. Your library card will allow you to check out books and other library materials, use the library's public computers, use the library's online resources (online books, research databases, language-learning classes, etc.), and log in to your account to request books from other PINES libraries, renew your books, and more.

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2. Library Locations

There are six library branches spread throughout the county. All branches offer special events and programs, public-use computers, photocopy machines with scanning capabilities, and wireless Internet access.

3. Books and Other Library Materials

Your PINES library card allows you to check out books, audio tapes and CDs, videocassettes and DVDs from any of the Clayton County libraries. It also allows you to check out books from any of the other 280+ PINES libraries throughout Georgia, and return your Clayton County library materials to any of those libraries as well. If a book you are interested in is checked out, or is not available from your local library, you can place a hold on it and have it sent to your local library when it is available.

All of the library materials are listed in the PINES Catalog, which you can access from any computer that has Internet access. You can log in to your account through the PINES catalog to renew your books and place holds.

4. Magazines, Newspapers, and Online Resources

Each library branch has a number of popular magazines and newspapers, as well as library use-only reference materials. The Headquarters Library also has a genealogy collection and other collections of microfiche and microfilm.

Your library card allows you to log in to GALILEO, Georgia's 'virtual library,' that provides access to over 100 databases containing full-text magazine and journal articles, newspaper articles, online books and reference materials for researchers and students on a wide variety of topics.

5. How to Get Help

There is an enormous amount of information available through the library, and we understand it can be overwhelming at times -- but we are here to help you! You can come into one of our branches in person, you can call us, or you can contact us using the online form on this web site. If you need in-depth help on a research topic, the Headquarters Library has both a dedicated Information Desk and Youth Services Desk with staff that can help you on a variety of topics.

You may also find the answers to some of the most common questions we receive on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.

6. Library Computers and Other Equipment

Each library branch has computers that are available for public use, wireless Internet access, and photocopy machines that can print in black/white or color and also have the ability to scan to email or scan to flash drive in PDF format.

When using the library's public computers, please be sure to save your work. We recommend saving your files to a flash drive. If you do not have a flash drive, they are available for purchase at the Circulation Desk.

7. Classes, Programs, and Special Events

The library has free special events, classes, and programs for all ages and a wide variety of interests at all six of our branches. The library also hosts an extremely popular Summer Reading Program for children, teens, and adults each summer with many special activities and reading rewards.

8. Resources for Kids and Teens

The library has books, magazines, educational gaming computers, homework resources, college preparation resources, and all sorts of special events, crafts, and activities for babies, toddlers, children, and teens. Each branch has at least one Youth Services assistant, the Headquarters Library has an entire Youth Services Department, and the Forest Park branch has a Teen Zone room with games and activities just for teens.

We also have special sections of our web site designed just for children and for teens:

9. How You Can Help the Library

Are you interested in supporting the library? You can help by joining the Friends of the Library organization, volunteering, shopping our book sales, or making a donation.