The Public Services Department supports the Sequoyah Regional Library mission by assembling and maintaining a collection of reference materials in all formats, by providing access to and instruction in the use of computers and their software applications, and by offering information assistance to all patrons.
Use our genealogy databases to explore your family’s roots!

Ancestry® Library Edition has unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada, Europe, Australia and other areas of the world!  This ProQuest resource is only available at our library branches through our Galileo portal.

HeritageQuest® Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. This resource is can be accessed at home with the Galileo password.
The main collection includes:

  • U.S. Federal Censuses feature the original images of every extant federal census in the United States, from 1790 through 1940, slave, veteran, and non-population schedules, and more related content.
  • Genealogy and local history books provide more than 7 million digitized page images from over 28,000 family histories, local histories, and other books.
  • Revolutionary War records provides access to the complete NARA Series M804 collection – Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, a collection of an estimated 83,000 application files from officers and enlisted men who served in the Revolutionary War in all branches of the American military: army, navy, and marines.
  • Freedman’s Bank Records, with more than 480,000 names of bank applicants, their dependents, and heirs from 1865–1874, offers valuable data that can provide important clues to tracing African American ancestors and researching the Reconstruction Era.
Georgia Room Special Collections:
Four of our branches offer special collections that include genealogy and Georgia history.  The collections are non-circulating but are accessible in the branches by our patrons.   Some of these collections also include microfilm of the local newspaper archives.

Visit the Georgia Rooms at:
R.T. Jones Memorial Library – 770.479.3090 – Canton, Georgia
Woodstock Public Library – 770.926.5859 – Woodstock, Georgia
Gilmer County Library – 706.635.4528 – Ellijay, Georgia
Pickens County Library – 706.692.5411 – Jasper, Georgia

Interlibrary Loans:
Any Interlibrary Loans currently on your account can be checked-out and returned by visiting your local library during their new limited service hours. Please do not place your Interlibrary Loans into the outdoor book-return boxes.

If you need a book that our system doesn’t own, you can request an Interlibrary Loan.

Click here to request an Interlibrary Loan:

Our libraries will do our best to request the books that you request through the Interlibrary Loan system but there are some restrictions.
Here is a short list of the items that SRLS is unable to request:

  • Titles published within the current year or not yet published.
  • Titles on current local or national bestseller lists
  • Rare and valuable books as well as reference & genealogy titles that are non-circulating.
  • Non-print materials such as CDs, DVDs, cassette tapes and videos, eBooks.


Request Limit: There is a limit of three (3) requests per patron, per day.

Loan Period: Materials are generally loaned for two (2) weeks. The loan period may vary depending on the material and the lending library.  All loans should be picked up promptly.
Renewals/Extensions: Renewals of Interlibrary Loans are granted by the lending library. Renewals are not automatic and must be requested from the Public Services Specialist at your library at least one (1) week before the materials are due. Borrowers may request one (1) renewal.
Fees: Patrons are responsible for all charges pertaining to their Interlibrary Loan. Overdue Interlibrary Loans are fined $0.50 per day.  If a borrower authorizes the library to obtain material from a library that charges a lending fee, the patron is responsible for paying the fee. Borrowers are responsible for any charges for materials lost or damaged while checked out to the borrower. The lending library determines the cost for any lost or damaged material. Borrowers are responsible for all postage charges for loans.

Sequoyah Regional Libraries (SRLS) provide long distance students with exam proctoring for a fee.
If you need an exam proctored, contact the Public Services Specialist at your library for scheduling and fee information. In offering this service we need to balance the needs of the students and the institutions with which they may be working and the needs of other library patrons. We can usually meet all of the requirements for proctoring but we do have some limitations.

  • SRLS will provide space for test taking however, there may not be a separate quiet area available
  • Staff will not deliver exams to the post office or Fed-Ex/UPS store
  • Staff will not provide letters or telephone calls
  • A reply to an exam received by e-mail will serve as confirmation and receipt
  • SRLS will provide the ability to complete most on-line testing that is web-based. No software can be installed on our computers.
  • SRLS accepts no responsibility for Internet connections.
  • SRLS is not responsible for keeping copies of completed exams.
  • Students will contact the library to make arrangements with the designated staff member at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Proctoring fees are paid in cash before the test is taken. If the student needs to take the test again, the fee will be charged for the additional test. SRLS charges $20 per exam.
  • Students will verify with library staff that the requirements of the institution giving the examination can be met
  • Students will provide photo identification to verify identity before the test is administered
  • Students will be responsible for providing postage and any other expenses incurred such as photocopying, printing from e-mail and receiving or sending faxes
  • If the student does not abide by the testing rules, the Library staff will terminate the test and fees will not be refunded.
The Sequoyah Regional Library System in partnership with the Master Gardeners in Cherokee & Gilmer Counties offer seed libraries at the following branches:

Rose Creek Public Library  4476 Towne Lake Parkway    Woodstock, GA 30189

Hickory Flat Public Library  2740 East Cherokee Drive   Canton, GA 30115

Ball Ground Public Library 435 Old Canton Road      Ball Ground, GA 30107

Gilmer County Library  268 Calvin Jackson Dr.       Ellijay, GA 30540

The seed libraries are free to the public and allows borrowers to “check out” vegetable, herb and flower seeds.  When seeds are checked out from the seed library, a form is completed.

At the end of the growing season, seed borrowers return seeds from their successful plants to the library. This stocks the library’s inventory and ensures that the library contains seeds that are hardy in the local growing environment.

The seed libraries were started in order to encourage the community’s interest in home gardening.  Seed saving is a tradition that allows for the selection and perpetuation of plants that have a particular value to a gardener. Saving the seeds of favorite plants for further use contributes to the biodiversity of local communities and connects family generations.