Hart County Library offers books, audiobooks, entertainment movies, documentaries and educational videos (VHS and DVD format), the GALILEO collection of databases, periodicals (including four newspapers), public internet access (terminals and WiFi), music (on CD and through the Freegal downloadable music archive), meeting rooms, a reference collection, copying and faxing resources, and a variety of programming for children and adults (including story times, the monthly Third Thursday Book Club and the annual Summer Reading Program).
The Hart County Library had its beginnings in 1938, when Mrs. A. C. Skelton, president of the Hartwell Woman's Club, appointed a library committee, which requested that each member donate a book or two as a nucleus for a small lending library. Jumping ahead to 1973, construction of the current facility was begun, when members of the library board filed an application with the Georgia Division of Public Library Services for a new Hart County Library. After funding was secured from various local and state sources, the library of 10,000 square feet opened in 1975. It was expanded in 1987, when a 5,000 square foot addition was completed, providing new floor space for book stacks, as well as a lower floor for meeting rooms and storage.
Hart County Library is a Georgia PINES Library. The Georgia Library Public Information Network for Electronic Services, or PINES, an automation and lending network for 281 libraries and affiliated service outlets in 53 library systems covering 143 counties (53 of the 63 library systems in Georgia). Georgians with a PINES library card have access to materials beyond what is available on their local shelves and enjoy the benefits of a shared collection of 9.6 million books and materials that can be delivered to their home library with no charge to the library user.
Hart County Library also provides access to GALILEO. GALILEO stands for GeorgiA LIbrary LEarning Online, providing access to multiple information resources, including secured access to licensed products. Participating institutions may access over 100 databases indexing thousands of periodicals and scholarly journals, encyclopedias, business directories, and government publications, and a large array of test-preparation materials. GALILEO recently added the Mango Languages suite of language instruction programs.