Athens Library, closed for mattress bugs, makes plans to reopen – WGAU

Athens Library, closed for bed bugs, makes plans to reopen – WGAU

The Athens-Clarke County Library, which remained closed after last week’s discovery of bed bugs on the second floor of the Baxter Street facility, plans to reopen next Sunday. The library says there will be no overdue charges for materials during the temporary closure.

From the Athens-Clarke Co Library…

The Athens Regional Library System announced Monday that the Athens-Clarke County Library on Baxter Street will remain closed until Saturday, October 8 to allow time for treatment after bed bugs were detected on Thursday, September 29 were discovered in the building.

Library officials plan to reopen the building to the public on Sunday, October 9 for the library’s regular Sunday hours of 2-6pm.

“The health and safety of our library patrons and staff is our top priority,” said Valerie Bell, Executive Director of the Athens Regional Library System. “We want to be as thorough as possible to effectively eliminate the issue and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.”

The library building closed early Thursday, September 29 after bed bugs were discovered on a chair on the second floor of the building.

There are no overdue fines for materials borrowed from the Baxter Street location during the temporary closure. The blocking periods will also be extended.

Updates will be posted on the library’s website at and on the library’s social media at

Users are encouraged to use the library’s online resources at or to visit other Athens Regional Library System locations.

The Athens-Clarke County Library is located at 2025 Baxter Street, Athens. Visit for more information.