New Paulding Library Is Now Open to Students
Georgia Highlands College, which has been a vital presence on the town square in Dallas since 2009, finally reached our goal of providing more than a virtual library to students on the Paulding campus. On Monday, March 11 college officials and David Austin, chairman of the Paulding County Commission, cut the ribbon on a very real library in the historic county courthouse, situated on the square in Dallas, adjacent to the GHC academic building.
The new library will house 3,500 titles covering history, literature, art, music, science and all other areas of the college curriculum. It also includes a rotating collection of current best-selling fiction and non-fiction, as well as newspapers and magazines. Visitors to the library will have access to over 80,000 ebooks, more than 13,000 online videos, and the full-text contents of more than 37,000 magazines, journals, newspapers and other publications through the GHC library holdings in GALILEO, a statewide library access resource. Kennesaw State University, an educational partner with GHC at Paulding, donated a number of books to the collection.
Elijah Scott, director of libraries for the GHC, said, “Our continual growth on the Paulding campus and the increased requests by students prompted us to seek a facility where we could house a physical library. David Austin and the Paulding County Commission worked tirelessly to help us procure space in this beautiful, historic building so that the library would be easily accessible to our students. We are pleased that we can be a part of revitalizing important buildings to make them useful and relevant once more. Doing so preserves the heritage of Dallas, yet keeps her moving into the future.”
The library will be open to the general public, too. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.