Twin Lakes Library System
Mary Vinson Memorial Library
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|Population served||46,666 (2016)|
Twin Lakes is a member of PINES, a program of the Georgia Public Library Service that covers 53 library systems in 143 counties of Georgia. Any resident in a PINES supported library system has access to the system's collection of 10.6 million books The library is also serviced by GALILEO, a program of the University System of Georgia which stands for "GeorgiA LIbrary LEarning Online". This program offers residents in supported libraries access to over 100 databases indexing thousands of periodicals and scholarly journals. It also boasts over 10,000 journal titles in full text.
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, the Lake Sinclair Library, was added on the north side of town in 2003. A third branch, the Floride Allen Library, opened in October 2008 but 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 at the corner of Greene Street across 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 located at 130 Log Cabin Road NE near the entrance to the Kroger Shopping Center. The Lake Sinclair Library was previously located at 3061 North Columbia Street on Highway 441 North near Lake Sinclair. The current location features public access computers, reading areas, and the ability to pick up requested materials. The Lake Sinclair Library does house Children's, Young Adult, and general Fiction collections with some non-fiction for checkout including DVDs. The Lake Sinclair Library currently does not have wireless public internet access.
Library systems in neighboring counties
- Uncle Remus Regional Library System to the north.
- Middle Georgia Regional Library System to the west.
- Oconee Regional Library System to the east.