The Reference Section of the library consists of printed materials, computers, microfilm reader/printer, periodicals, geneoloical records and archives, and more.

Our reference staff is willing to answer your questions and assist you either in person or by telephone.

Available at the Thomasville Public Library

  • Readers’ advisory
  • Free computer classes
  • GALILEO instruction
  • Test procturing (call for availablities)
  • Thomas County information
  • Periodials and microfilm
  • City and state maps and information
  • Foundation Center & Funding Network specific computer station
  • Federal & state tax forms (also found: &
  • **IRS Tax Reform 2018 : Thunderclap Invitation and Q&A
  • Access Newspaper Archive
  • U.S Civics and Citizenship Toolkit

Special Collections

  • African American obituaries
  • Georgia Geneological materials

Adult Literacy

Are you interested on improving your reading skills or know of someone who might be? Contact Samantha Hanchett at 229-225-5252 or for more information about Adult Literacy.

Access Newspaper Archive

Thomas County Public Library System is proud to announce the service of Access Newspaper Archive. has digitized the Thomas County Public Library local newspaper collection from 1861-1976. One can now search for love ones and events easily. This service can be accessed ONLY in your local Thomasville Public Library branch.

The South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive

The South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive provides online access to fifteen newspaper titles published in nine south Georgia cities (Albany, Americus, Bainbridge, Brunswick, Cuthbert, Thomasville, Tifton, Valdosta, and Waycross) from 1845 to 1922. Consisting of over 81,000 newspaper pages, the archive provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date. These archives can be accessed through GALILEO.

Free Online Resources

Little Sis

Part of the Public Accountability Initiative, an organization devoted to corporate and government accountability, this database makes clear the ways in which top organizations, lobbyists, CEOs, and financiers are linked.

Newspaper Navigator

Searching the Library of Congress’s visual content collection – photos, maps, comics, ads, cartoons, illustrations – of 16 million newspapers can be a challenge. This project (in the early stages) has trained a machine learning model to identify that visual content. Excellent for historians, genealogists, journalists and curious members of the general public!

Not Real News

To help in the increasingly difficult fight against misinformation, each week the Associated Press rounds up and shed light on popular yet false stories that circulate.


This nonstop source of discovery aggregates Wikidata entries on people, places and other topics, in a far better organized and more attractive than Wikidata.

Smithsonian Open Access

The Smithsonian has released 2.8 million images from its vast holdings – among them the National Air and Space Museum, the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives, and the National Zoo. All images are in the public domain as Creative Commons Zero, meaning they can be used without permission from the Smithsonian.

Social Networks and Archival Context

“Facebook for dead people” (though individuals who are alive are covered here, too), this site collects disparate data such a biography, occupation, and relationships.

Standard Ebooks

Provides access to free electronic versions of books in the public domain in a beautifully organized fashion. This resource cleans up typographical errors, offers a wealth of metadata for each title, and makes books available in a variety of formats.