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Fulton gets new library director ahead of $275 million overhaul

Gayle Hunter Holloman was named executive director of the Fulton County Library System on Jan. 8, 2020 by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.
Gayle Hunter Holloman was named executive director of the Fulton County Library System on Jan. 8, 2020 by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.

Credit: Courtesy of Fulton County Government

Credit: Courtesy of Fulton County Government

Fulton County turned a new page on its library system this week.

Gayle Hunter Holloman was approved as head of the 34-branch system by the Fulton commissioners at their meeting Wednesday.

“Gayle is an outstanding public servant whose knowledge of our library system is unmatched,” said County Manager Dick Anderson.

Word came in November that Gabriel Morley was leaving to lead the New Orleans Public Library. Morley joined Fulton County in 2016, becoming the first permanent director since 2012.


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Holloman did library work for Georgia Tech and DeKalb County before she came to Fulton in 1994.

The Commission approved a $150,000 annual salary for the Atlanta native.

“I am immensely appreciative of the confidence placed in me by my appointment,” she said. “This continues to be an exciting time for the library system. There is a lot of work ahead of us.”

A look at Central Library in Atlanta during construction. Central Library is just one of the public libraries that is being renovated as part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System’s Library Building Program. The renovation project is expected to take place through mid-late 2020. PHOTO BY ELISSA BENZIE
A look at Central Library in Atlanta during construction. Central Library is just one of the public libraries that is being renovated as part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System’s Library Building Program. The renovation project is expected to take place through mid-late 2020. PHOTO BY ELISSA BENZIE

She takes over at the start of a year that will bring massive change to libraries, as Fulton opens nine branches and renovates 23 others.

The overhaul, with its pricetag of s $275 million, can be seen in new facilities like the revamped Roswell library that opened back up Jan. 3.


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