ABOUT GALLATIN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
The first Gallatin County Public Library Trustees, appointed in 1976, sought state assistance to develop a county library. In 1978 the first library opened in a remodeled laundromat on West Pearl Street.
In 1981 the county passed a library tax and the initial facility of 5,000 square feet became a reality when a construction grant was awarded in 1984. Modeled after Thomas Jefferson's home in Virginia, Monticello, the library has become a county landmark.
In 2000 the library added an 1,800 square foot Children's Wing and added a 2,715 square foot wing in 2012 for additional meeting and staff space.
The library offers an Adult Section, a Young Adult section, a Children's section, Meeting and Study Rooms, and a Reading Room filled with magazines and newspapers available for reading and quiet relaxation. Gallatin County Public Library belongs to the Hoopla Digital consortium which enables card holders to check out eBooks, movies, music and other materials online wherever there is internet access. Ask staff for details!
Shirley Warnick, Director
Alice Johnson, Cataloging and Acquisitions
Amy Dickerson, Children's Librarian
Ben Wright, Technology / Genealogy
Bonnie Roberts, Circulation
Emily Arnold, Assistant Children's Librarian
Jessica Gay, Outreach Coordinator
Kelsey Browning, Student Worker
Macie Gullion, Student Worker
Sean Hull, Student Worker
Lydia Querry, Student Worker
Our Board of Trustees
Dianne Coleman, President
Janet McGaha, Vice President
Amanda O' Connor, Treasurer
Matthew Zubaty, Secretary
Lee Mullins, Member
This room is dedicated to Charles G. Warnick, founder of the Gallatin County Public Library. Books on Kentucky can be found here, as well as odds and ends information regarding previous Gallatin County residents. There is a small collection of birth, death, marriage, and cemetery records in this room also.
Our reading room is available to anyone who wants a quiet place to relax and read our newspapers or magazines. Magazines with green circulating stickers can be checked out, but new magazines must stay in the building. All of our newspaper copies must stay in the building as well so that our visitors can read them at any given time.
On May17th in 2012, Tammy Baston Stephens painted a mural of Gallatin County in the hallway that connects our children's section to the main part of our library. We find it to be incredibly neat and hope that when you visit you will take the time to look at it as well!
The majority of our adult collection can be found here for check-out. We have 8 adult computers that can be utilized for personal or school use. If you need to print or copy something, we charge 10￠ per page for black and white copies and 50￠ per page for colored copies. You can also visit the front desk to grab a fresh cup of hot coffee or to have a fax sent; our faxes cost $1 per 15 pages.
The Literacy Bell and its clear, distinct sound is a symbol for something very special; that incredible, magical moment when a child can make the letters on a page become a word, then a sentence, and magically a story. When that bell chimes, all in town will know that a child has read his or her first book!
Our children's room has plenty of books, DVDs, and games for little ones. We have a few tables available for kids that need to do their homework or just want a spot to sit. There are 8 public computers and 2 early learning stations for use in this part of our library.
Our teen area is mainly for children between the ages of 12 and 17. There are 7 computers that can be utilized for personal or school use. We have a table for checkers and chess that is available to the teens during our regular business hours, and a table for teens to do their homework. Young adult books, comics, magazines, video games, and a small selection of audio books can be found here.
We have two meeting rooms and a study room in our facility. Our two meeting rooms are utilized mostly for programs and presenters. Our study room is used by groups smaller than 5. If a person/business wants to utilize the meeting rooms or study room, a request must be made through the director beforehand to avoid overbooking.