What is PINES?

PINES (Public Information Network for Electronic Services) is a unique initiative from the Georgia Public Library Service, Georgia Board of Regents, to bring the vision of a statewide library card for Georgia to reality. Any citizen of the state of Georgia may receive a PINES card that is valid at any PINES library across the state for borrowing materials. The PINES database lists all items owned by the 252 participating libraries, and all PINES library patrons can see and borrow books and other materials from any PINES library. Currently, a PINES library card holder has access to more than 7 million items across the state.

Click here for a list of the PINES participating libraries.

PINES Library Card Policies

Patrons must have a valid library card to check out materials or use the computers. PINES Library cards are free to all residents of Georgia. Persons who attend school, own property or are employed in Georgia are eligible for a free PINES card. Property owners who do not reside in Georgia may be required to show proof of ownership, such as a tax bill or deed. Persons employed in Georgia or attending school in Georgia may be required to show proof of employment or enrollment.

Out-of-state cards are available to persons living outside Georgia who do not meet the above criteria for a $25 annual fee, payable at the time the card is issued.

Signing a PINES card application denotes acceptance of responsibility for lost or damaged materials.

There is no minimum age for a child to receive a PINES card. A parent or legal guardian may register a child. Parent or guardian must show proper ID to register a child. A parent or guardian must sign the application for all children under 18.

Proper identification must be presented to register.  Acceptable ID for receiving a PINES card includes:

a) photo ID showing current local address Or

b) photo ID and one item from approved list (see below) showing current, local address (if photo ID does not have correct address) Or

c) TWO (2) items from approved list showing current, local address. Acceptable ID includes valid driver’s license, valid voter registration card, checks with pre-printed addresses, a utility bill, tax receipt or other piece of mail that shows the user’s name and present address.

Applicants for a card must complete and sign an application form, available at any PINES participating library’s circulation desk.

As a member of the PINES system, you may use your card in many cities throughout the state of Georgia .

Please remember, you are responsible for any items checked out on your card. If your card is lost or stolen please report it to us as soon as possible.

RML Circulation Policies

Loan periods:

Books, CDs, Magazines, Audio Books and Vertical File – 2 weeks

Videos: 1 week

AV Equipment – 3 days


Most items may be renewed over the phone. Please call 229-377-3632 ext. 112 or 113 on or before the due date and have your library card number ready.

Overdue fines:

20 cents a day for books, CDs, Audio Books, Magazines, & Vertical File

50 cents a day for videos, DVDs, and AV equipment


Ideally the public library should strive to furnish any material requested by any person, but in practice limitations of funds, staff and space make this impossible. The public library collection must, therefore, be selective rather than inclusive and the librarian must accept the responsibility for selection. That this may not become censorship, these general principles of selection are made:

General Principles

  • The selection of all library materials should be as objective as possible.
  • A thorough knowledge of the library’s collection, with consideration for its over-all balance, is necessary to good material selection.
  • Good material selection is based upon a thorough knowledge of the community; its needs, whether hidden or evident; its resources; and its problems.
  • In selecting materials on controversial issues, the library should present all available sides of the issues.
  • In material selection, popular demand should be recognized to the extent of maintaining community interest in and support of the library.
  • Material selection by popular demand, however, must be guided by merit, use, and balance.
  • Materials selected should be judged upon their authoritativeness and effectiveness of presentation. Each must be considered as a whole and not judged by any one of its parts.
  • The material budget should be expended in such a way that the various demands made upon it are proportionately served.
  • Materials given to the library should be judged upon the same basis as those which are purchased.
  • Since guidance is implicit in selection of materials for children and young people, material selection policy for these groups will obviously differ from that for adults.

Print Collections

Using the above principles, the library collects and circulates books, magazines, newspapers, and printed material in vertical files.

Nonprint Collections

The library also collects and distributes information in the following nonprint formats:

  • Video – DVD and VHS videocassettes
  • Audio – Best Sellers on CD’s
  • Music on Compact Discs
  • Photographs – Black & White and Color Photo Archive
  • Computer Databases – Reference tools on library computer databases, most of which are available at the library and remotely.

All of the above nine principles apply to all of these collected formats. In addition, the following guidelines apply:


The library purchases and circulates a wide variety of DVDs for children and adults. These include nonfiction and fiction titles including “how-to”, travel, classic films and a variety of current films.


1. Best Sellers on CD – The library purchases or leases highly titles requested by the Grady County community.  Overdrive provides downloadable audiobooks and e-books.

2. Music on Compact Discs – The music CD collection should reflect a balance of musical styles and tastes, covering genres such as current pop music, rock, jazz, classical, country, inspirational, folk, international, and others, with an emphasis on currently popular or landmark recordings in each area.


1. 35mm Microfilm on Reels – The library purchases The Cairo Messenger and occasionally other area newspapers; census data for Grady and surrounding counties; and other such material on 35mm reels.


The library maintains a historical photo archive relating to Cairo and Grady County, its people, its social and economic development, and its major features. The archive is expanded as needed, whenever significant new material is made available to the library.

Computer Resources

1.  Software – The library also selectively provides major software packages for general computing use at publicly available computer work stations on the library’s internal local area network. The staff attempts to provide current versions of word processing, database management, and spreadsheet software from at least one major distributor.