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Library Services

The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) library services are one library holding housed in 34 plus correctional facilities throughout the State of Georgia. GDC libraries support all academic and vocational education programs, leisure reading, and Law Library needs for offenders.  GDC library goals are to provide books that inspire, educate, and broaden the perspective of all patrons.  We continue striving to build a library collection that is relevant and uplifting, while offering lifelong learning and value for the patrons of the GDC library, both staff and inmates.

Did You Know

Many studies have proven that inmates who use the library more have an increasingly higher literacy rate than those who do not use the library at all (lEFLAND, 2012)

Law Library

Hosted by LexisNexis, Georgia Department of Corrections provides a fully integrated Law Library for offender research of legal information. For resources offer via LexisNexis online. CLICK HERE

Library Programs

  • ILL (Inter-Library Loan) program allows inmates to borrow books from local libraries throughout the State of Georgia via the prison librarian.
  • Library Book Clubs
  • Braille is available at select facilities
  • Art Displays created by inmates
  • GLASS - Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS) supports accessible library services in Georgia by promoting the use of assistive technology and by providing accessible reading materials to those who, due to a disability, are unable to read standard print. CLICK HERE for more information on GLASS.

Library Donation Program

The GDC Library Donation program was started to help increase the size of the library collection as well as helping keep a constant flow in new materials in the libraries.

chart of donations

For more information on how to donate books to Georgia Department of Correction CLICK HERE

Emanuel Sinclair Mitchell, MLS
Director of Library Services
Phone: 478-283-5403
State Offices South at Tift College
Hardin Library
300 Patrol Road
Forsyth, GA 31029

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