Twin Lakes Library System
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Mary Vinson Memorial Library
The library was funded with a $25 monthly appropriation by the city of Milledgeville. In 1938 Julian Stanley donated a vacant building on Hancock Street, and the library opened on January 18, 1938. In July 1948, the Board of Trustees adopted a constitution and by-laws, stating that services were free for the residents of Baldwin County."
Funded by cashing in bonds, the library moved from its location on Hancock Street to the first floor of the Veterans' Building in 1953. In 1958 it became part of Middle Georgia Regional Library System and in 1961 moved to the county's old post office, and was named for Mary Vinson, the wife of Carl Vinson, who had been instrumental in building the new library.
A new 18,900 square foot (1,760 m2) two-story building opened in 1987. The Mary Vinson Memorial Library became the headquarters for the new Twin Lakes Library System in July 2001. A branch library was added on the north side of town in 2003. A third branch opened in October 2008, and the 2003 branch closed in 2011 in response to state budget cuts.
The Mary Vinson Memorial Library building is a two-story structure located at 151 South Jefferson Street and across Greene Street from the north gates of Georgia Military College (formerly the State Capitol building). It can seat more than 200 people; it has a separate children's area, including an amphitheater complete with a built-in puppet stage; it has a separate room and collection for young adults; and a recently renovated genealogical and historical reading room and wireless public internet access.
The Lake Sinclair Library building is in a storefront unit of the Riverside Plaza shopping center located at 3061 North Columbia Street on Highway 441 North near Lake Sinclair. It has a children's area, a wireless public Internet facility, and reading and study areas.