The Muscogee County School District owns and operates the countys public libraries. In 2001, however, the nine members of the elected school board appointed a 26-member, semi-autonomous Muscogee County Library Board to broaden the librarys governance and give it more public input.
Residents of the following counties may get free library cards for use in the system: Muscogee, Harris, Chattahoochee, Clay, Marion, Quitman, Randolph, Stewart, Schley, Sumter, Talbot, Taylor and Webster in Georgia, and Russell, Lee and Barbour in Alabama. Proof of address is required.
Active military personnel and their dependents assigned to Fort Benning also are eligible if they show proper military ID.
There are eight libraries in the Chattahoochee Valley Library system:
Columbus Public Library: 3000 Macon Road, Columbus. 706-243-2669.
Mildred L. Terry Branch Library: 640 Veterans Parkway, Columbus. 706-243-2782.
North Columbus Branch Library: 5689 Armour Road, Columbus. 706-748-2855.
South Columbus Branch Library: 2034 S. Lumpkin Road, Columbus. 706-683-8805.
Chattahoochee County Public Library: 262 Broad St., Cusseta, Ga. 706-989-3700.
Lumpkin Public Library: 117 Main St., Courthouse Square, Lumpkin, Ga. 229-838-6472.
Marion County Public Library: 23 E. Fifth Ave., Buena Vista, Ga. 229-649-6385.
Parks Memorial Public Library: 112 Wall St., Richland, Ga. 229-887-2103.
Other area libraries:
Harris County Public Library: 138 N. College St., Hamilton, Ga. 706-628-4685.
Phenix City/Russell County Library: 1501 17th Ave., Phenix City. 334-297-1139.