When many people think of the library, they think of books. Here are eight things you may not know about GCPL. 

1. Learn about your ancestry.

GCPL offers many genealogical resources available to our users, including access to Ancestry.com (within library branches only) and HeritageQuest (in-house and remote access). Our print materials related to genealogy can be found in the non-fiction collection, beginning with the call number 929.

2. Take a Class

Always wanted to learn computer technology or creative writing? GCPL offers classes in various disciplines. Visit our calendar of events online to stay up to date with GCPL events and classes.

3. Extended Operating Hours

OpenAccess, a system developed by Norcross-based technology supplier Bibliotheca, is a complete solution that automatically controls and monitors building access, self-service kiosks, public access computers, lighting, alarms, public announcements, and patron safety. Security cameras will monitor the use of the facility. This service is available at the Duluth, Lawrenceville, Norcross, and Suwanee Branches. Registered customers will have access to the branch Monday to Friday from 8 am to 10 pm.

4. Learn a New Language

GCPL offers Mango Languages, a premium language-learning resource, through GALILEO. Mango Languages offers courses in more than 60 languages through coursework in your native language.

5. Job Search Help

GCPL offers a plethora of resources for job seekers. We offer free resumé clinics, classes to brush up on skills you need, job search help from librarians, and access to the Mobile Career Lab through a partnership with Job Smart and Atlanta Regional Workforce Board! 

6. DVDs

We have a substantial collection to choose from. The genres range anywhere from TV shows and movies to exercise videos, all at your convenience.

7. Access to Video Production and Music Software and Equipment

GCPL’s Learning Labs are a space to create, collaborate, and share digital content. If you are a videographer, graphic designer, or even a future rock star, our Learning Labs have the software and equipment to turn your vision into reality.

8. Assistive Technology

Large print books and audiobooks are available at all fifteen library branches.  Audiobooks and ebooks with adjustable text can also be downloaded through the GCPL website.  Customers also have access to accessibility tool kits that include the following:

  • high visibility keyboard

  • a trackball mouse

  • a Quicktionary Pen

  • a Roberts book holder

  • magnifying glasses with 2.2x magnification

  • a jumbo 12-digit desktop calculator

  • large print 12-inch ruler with tactile Braille numbers

  • magnifying sheet with Fresnel lens for reading small type

  • pen and pencil grips

  • 5 handwriting guides

  • high contrast note paper