The Pine Mountain Regional Library System is a group of seven libraries that serve Meriwether, Upson, Talbot, and Taylor counties in Georgia.
The first publicly supported library service in Manchester began in 1938 and was sponsored jointly by the city of Manchester and the Manchester Woman’s Club in cooperation with the Works Project Administration. The library was located in the police station and had 100 books borrowed from the state of Georgia.
In 1950, the Meriwether County Library was chartered. In 1951, the Boards of Education in Meriwether, Talbot and Upson counties signed an agreement establishing a regional library system with two state paid librarians. The system’s headquarters library was located in the basement of Manchester’s community building. Taylor County was operating a library in Reynolds and joined the system in 1958. The system was renamed the Pine Mountain Regional Library System.
In 1972, three libraries were opened: one in Butler, one in Talbotton, and one in Greenville. The headquarters library moved into a new building on Perry Street in Manchester. In 1973, a branch library was opened in Thomaston. In 1980, the Thomaston branch moved into a new building, which was dedicated as the Hightower Memorial Library.
In 1994, the Butler and Greenville libraries moved into new building. In 1995, the Headquarters library building was completely renovated and enlarged. In 1997, the Talbotton library moved into a new building. In 2002, a new library was opened in Yatesville, in Upson County. In 2003, the Reynolds library moved into the renovated depot.
The Pine Mountain Regional Library System is a service agency available free to all people of the community and is committed to meeting their informational, recreational and educational needs. The library provides popular materials in a variety of formats to library users of all ages. The library also helps students meet educational objectives by providing materials and services which supplement their formal instruction in grades K – 12, adult education and literacy programs.