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Chestatee Regional Library System was established 1953 as a two-county regional system serving Hall and Lumpkin Counties. Dawson County joined the regional system in July 1994.  Hall County withdrew in July 1997, leaving a service area of two counties, Dawson (211 sq. mi.) and Lumpkin (284 sq. mi.).

“Chestatee” is from a Cherokee word meaning “place of the lights.”  It refers to the practice of hunting deer at night.  The area along the Chestatee River was popular hunting ground, and the hunters carried torches made of pine splints, which, reflected in the river, made an impressive array of lights.

Our libraries continue to grow and excel, providing the residents of Dawson and Lumpkin Counties with quality opportunities to free access of information and entertainment.  Our employees are here to help you locate anything you might want or need and we take pride and joy in making sure you are happy with the services provided.

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Upcoming Board Meetings Print E-mail

The quarterly meeting of the Chestatee Regional Library System Board of Trustees, originally scheduled to be held Monday, October 27, 2014 has been rescheduled for Monday, November 3, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. at the Dawson County Library, 342 Allen Street, Dawsonville, GA 30534.(agenda)

All meetings are open to the public. Members of the audience may be allowed to speak at the end of the regular business session, if recognized by the Chairman. Visitors may not participate in board discussion of items on the agenda.