Collections at Central

General Collections - The 3rd floor of the Central Library houses the main circulating collection for adults.  Patrons will find both fiction and non-fiction items along with music DVDs and audio books in this collection.

Local Authors - In the interest of supporting authors who are members of the library’s community, the Library has developed a Local Authors Collection at the Central Library, which will accept donated self-published books under the following conditions:

  • The author is a resident of the City of Atlanta and/or Fulton County
  • A single copy of the book is donated in a format suitable for circulation.

Donated self-published materials will be available for checkout, but they will not be cataloged.

Self-published Materials & Local Authors are housed on the 3rd floor.  See LINK of self-published titles (to be created at some later point in time).

Reference - Our reference collection is housed on the 3rd floor.  It provides authoritative information about a variety of current and historical topics. These collections are published in a variety of formats: almanacs, encyclopedias, dictionaries, yearbooks, handbooks, indexes, directories, bibliographies, plot summaries/critiques, price guides, statistical compilations, geographical sources, legal and medical guides, and electronic resources.

Newspapers and Magazines - The 3rd floor houses our collection of both hard copy and film of major newspapers and magazines.  Included are several magazine and newspaper indices.

Childrens - The Children's Department includes materials in all subject areas for children from birth to 8th grade. We have a variety of books and many other media including: Picture Books for children to read independently or for parents and/or teachers to read with children; Easy Books for beginning readers; Fiction, or "chapter books" for older readers; Non-Fiction for older readers and curriculum support; Biographies for older readers and curriculum support; Magazines for leisure reading; Board Books for infants and toddlers; Read-a-longs; Launchpads; Playaway Bookpacks, DVDs and CDs.  See also Childrens Department at Central, opens a new window

Additionally, there are several sub-collections: Award Winning Books; ABC Books/Phonics; and Counting Books; Spanish Language; Parenting Collection and families of Children with Special Needs. 

Young Adult