Accessible Service

Through the Georgia Library for Accessible Services (GLASS), Georgia’s Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and cooperating local libraries, Georgians have access to a free national library program that offers books and magazines on cassette tape and in Braille. These materials are provided by the Library of Congress, National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped (NLS), to eligible persons with a visual or physical disability. All reading material and playback equipment is sent to borrowers and returned by postage-free mail.

Georgia Library for Accessible Service (GLASS) Application for Service.
Middle Georgia Library for Accessible Services.

The library provides print disabled people in the United States with legal access to over 40,000 books and 150 periodicals that are converted to Braille, large print or digital formats for text to speech audio. Memberships for U.S. schools and qualifying U.S. students of all ages including K-12, post-secondary and adult education, are now free, thanks to special funding from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

NFB-NEWSLINE from the National Federation of the Blind offers audio versions of newspapers, magazines, and television listings from around the country to those who cannot read regular newsprint. The service is offered FREE OF CHARGE via toll-free centralized call-in center. For sign-up information, please visit NFB’s Sign-Up page or the Georgia Library for Accessible Services (GLASS)

Georgia Relay allows Georgians to keep in touch by phone easily and often with their business associates, friends and families.

Interlibrary Loan

If the Peach Public Libraries does not own the materials you desire, we can attempt to obtain the materials from other libraries. Not all materials are available for loan, however. Interlibrary loan request forms are available at the Circulation Desk. Please provide as much information as possible. At a minimum, the author and title of the publication are required. A separate form must be filled out for each request. Average time to obtain materials is two weeks but can vary greatly depending on how readily available materials are from other libraries.

Literacy and Adult Education Services

Please contact the following agencies in Peach County for literacy and adult education services, including GED preparation.

L.E.A.P. (Literacy Education for Adults in Peach) is dedicated to assisting citizens of Peach County in achieving their highest level of literacy development, independence, and self-sufficiency by focusing all available community resources to promote Family Literacy.

Middle Georgia Technical College Middle Georgia Technical College Middle Georgia Technical College
Fort Valley Adult Education Center FVSU Evans Building Byron Adult Education Center
700 Spruce Street Main Street 200 Moseley Road
Fort Valley, GA Fort Valley, GA Byron, GA
(478) 825-9072 (478) 825-9407 (478) 956-7621

Meeting Rooms

Meeting rooms for public use are available at both the Thomas Public Library and the Byron Public Library. Arrangements for use must be made in advance. Please call the library for further details.

Peach Public Libraries Meeting Room Policy

Other meeting spaces in our communities:

FVSU Agricultural Technology Conference Center
46 Camp John Hope Roa off Hwy. 341 South, Fort Valley, GA
(478) 827-3113

City of Byron Municipal Complex
401 Main Street, Byron, GA
(478) 956-3600

Byron Community Center
Murdock Lane, Byron, GA
(478) 956-3600

Byron Train Depot
Byron, GA
(478) 952-2958

Byron Welcome Center and Visitors Bureau
209 Chapman Road, Byron, GA
(478) 956-2409
Byron Welcome Center and Visitors Bureau

Proctoring Service

Proctoring services are offered depending on staff availability. Arrangements for proctored exams must be made PRIOR to exam day. The fee for proctoring exams is $50.00 per exam session and must be paid prior to proctoring.

Reference Services

Librarians are able to assist in reference, research, and other information needs.

Readers Advisory

Librarians are available to assist you in finding your next good book.

Christian Fiction Mystery Urban Fiction
Graphic Novels Romance Western
Historical Fiction Suspense

The following websites will also help you in selecting books.
BookSense – Book Discussion and Reading Group of NonFiction Books
Good Reads
Guys Read
Lexile Framework for Reading
Mostly Fiction BOOK REVIEWS
Novelist – via GALILEO
QBR – The Black Book Review

The following websites offer free, downloadable E-Books.

eBooks at EBSCOhost, formerly known as NetLibrary, provides access to electronic books (eBooks), including reference books, scholarly monographs, publications of many university presses, and consumer books that have been converted into digital format. It is possible to perform full-text searches of a single eBook, search thousands of volumes simultaneously, browse topic categories, or read eBooks directly online. There is currently no checkout period for eBooks (at EBSCOhost). Express Link (bookmark):

Hundred Zeros
Sony ReaderStore

The following websites will help you locate podcast for download or assist you in creating your own podcast.
Podcasting in Plain English from Common Craft
Podcast Alley
Podcast Ferret
How to Create Your Own Podcast – A Step-by-Step Tutorial by Corey Deitz
Online Tools and Software For Creating Podcast Feeds and Posts

Voter Registration

Voter registration forms are available at the circulation desk.

All public libraries in Georgia will offer you the opportunity to register to vote as part of the process of registering for your library cards.

The Elections Division of the Secretary of State works to ensure fair elections and facilitates statewide voter registration in accordance with state laws. The Secretary of State’s website can provide further information on voter registration requirements and deadlines for upcoming elections.

Peach County Board of Registrars is responsible for registering people to vote, keeping all records of registered voters, including their districts and where they go to vote for city and county elections. The board also provides information to residents of the county about all upcoming elections.

The Georgia Secretary of State’s Poll Locator provides a web-based search of data extracted from Georgia’s statewide voter registration database. It is NOT the official record of your registration, which is retained by the voter registration office in the county of your residence. If you have additional questions about your registration, contact your county voter registration office.

The Georgia Secretary of State’s Georgia Voter Identification Requirements website provides information on identification requirements for Georgia voters.

Fax and Copy Services

Public fax and copiers are available at the library.

Fax costs are $1.00 per page. We do not receive faxes for the public.

Copier costs are $.15 per page for reference materials and $.25 per page for other materials.

We do not send nor receive international faxes.

Notary Service

The Library provides Nortary Service in accordance with “The Georgia Notary Handbook” published by The Georgia Superior Court Clerks’ Cooperative Authority. Library Notaries may decline to provide notary service in situations that do not comply with the provisions of this Handbook.

The Library charges $2.00 per notarial act.

The signer of the document must appear before the notary. The signer must both acknowledge that the signature is his/hers and that the signature was made willingly.

** NOTE: Employees of Peach Public Libraries who perform notarial acts ARE NOT attorneys licensed to practice law in the State of Georgia and MAY NOT give legal advice or accept fees for legal advice. **

Please view the complete Peach Public Libraries Notary Service Policy.