Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, Central

One Margaret Mitchell Square

In May 1980, a new Central Library was opened to the public under the leadership of Ella Gaines Yates, the first African-American director of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System. Marcel Breuer, a participant in the innovative Bauhaus Movement, planned and designed the building, working closely with his associate Hamilton Smith, although Breuer did not live to see its completion. In 2002 a major renovation of the Central Library was completed, and the library system celebrated the centennial of the year in which public library service in Atlanta began.

MARTA AccessibleYes
Handicapped AccessibleNo
Hearing Impaired AccessibleNo
Visually Impaired AccessibleNo
Parking: Parking is available in nearby surface lots or in the parking deck across from the library. MARTA: Take the Red or Gold Line to the Peachtree Center station. Exit the station at the south end (Ellis Street exit) and use the escalator on the right. Central Library is located across the street on the corner of Forsyth Street and Carnegie Way. The entrance to the library is on Forsyth Street.


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