In 1972, Dr. W.G. Rhea donated the corner lot at Washington and Caldwell Streets across from the City Hall. The library board decided that a new library could be built on the site at the cost of about $350,000.
In 1977 the floor plan for the proposed new library was published. The library had 7300 sq. ft. and was built for $250,000.
On Sunday April 8, 1979, the new W.G. Rhea Public Library was opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony that included Mrs. Georgia Krider Boice who was the oldest living former librarian at the time.
In 1991, the library was expanded to include the Franklyn Thompson Room and the W.O. Inman Room.

Today, W.G. Rhea Public library boasts over 50,000 books and other materials free to the public.

  • Local, State and National newspapers

  • Free Wi-Fi and public-use computers with printer access.

  • Xbox 360 and Teen computers in our Young Adult Room.

  • We offer copying, scanning, printing and faxing for a small fee.

We're the only library in the region with a dedicated Access to Justice computer, as well as a computer for wheelchair access and the sight-impaired.
Our staff is dedicated to serving and bettering our community. We strive to transform and empower. Come visit us today!