Holiday Closings

The Doraville Library will be closed Thursday, November 23 through Saturday, November 25 in observance of Thanksgiving. All other branches will close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22 and will remain closed on Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 in observance of the holiday.

Take Our Survey and Help Us Plan for the Future

We need your input. DeKalb County Public Library is developing its plans for meeting the library needs of DeKalb County residents in the future. Please take our survey by December 9, 2017 and tell us what you think. Thank you for your participation.

Valerie Boyd Appointed to the DeKalb County Public Library Board of Trustees

Acclaimed author, scholar and journalist Valerie Boyd is the newest member of the DeKalb County Public Library Board of Trustees. The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners approved Ms. Boyd’s appointment as a Library Trustee at their November meeting.

She is the author of Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston, considered the definitive biography of Hurston. The book was a winner of the Southern Book Award and was recognized as a Notable Book by the American Library Association. Currently, Ms. Boyd is editing Gathering Blossoms Under Fire: the Journals of Alice Walker, scheduled for publication in 2018. The collection of personal journals by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Walker spans more than 50 years.

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Telephone Notifications Now Available

Telephone notification about holds and overdue items is working again. Please see staff if you would like to receive these automated voice notices.

Library Launches New Resource to Help Patrons in Need

Librarians expect lots of questions from patrons about where to find a book or DVD they are looking for and what online resource is best for information about car repair.  However, librarians at DeKalb County Public Library (DCPL) realized they were also getting questions that were much more difficult to answer—like “Where do I go if I’m being evicted?” So they decided to do something about it.

This October, the New Librarians Committee, made up of librarians who have been with DCPL for less than a year, launched a web site they developed for patrons who need help beyond what the library can provide. The DCPL HelpPages is a directory of community resources and facilities for people in need. It provides information for people looking for assistance finding shelters, employment, legal aid, food pantries, transportation and more.

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