RML is a member of PINES, a program of the Georgia Public Library Service that covers 53 library systems in 143 counties of Georgia. Any resident in a PINES supported library system has access to the system’s collection of 10.6 million books. The library is also serviced by GALILEO, a program of the University System of Georgia which stands for “GeorgiA LIbrary LEarning Online”. This program offers residents in supported libraries access to over 100 databases indexing thousands of periodicals and scholarly journals. It also boasts over 10,000 journal titles in full text.
The Roddenbery Memorial Library had its beginning in January 1939 when it was established as the Cairo Public Library. The initial housing for the first building was the second floor of City Hall.
In 1964 the library was granted a new building on North Broad Street in Cairo, as a gift from the Roddenbery Family to the community. With the gift of a new building the library name was changed in honor of the family.
Since the library’s founding in 1939 it has won the John Cotton Dana Award twice, in 1950 and 1960. This award is considered the most prestigious of all American Library Association awards in the field of public relations and marketing.
- De Soto Trail Regional Library System to the north.
- Thomas County Public Library System to the east.
- Southwest Georgia Regional Library to the west.
- “Current Look at Georgia Libraries 2016”(PDF). Retrieved 11 June 2017.
- “PINES – About”. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
- “PINES Facts”(PDF). Retrieved 11 June 2017.
- “GALILEO – About”. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
- “RML History”. Roddenvery Memorial Library. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
- Bennett, Nora (July 1, 2016). “Georgia Library Spotlight – Roddenbery Memorial Library”. Georgia Library Quarterly. 53 (3): 1–2. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
- “Winners of the John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award”. Library Leadership and Management Association. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
- Kleinpeter, Brittany (July 23, 2015). “WTXL Road Trip: The Library People Travel Across Georgia to Visit”. abc27 WTXL. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
- “Everything You Wanted to Know about the John Cotton Dana Award”. EBSCO post. EBSCO. February 3, 2015. Retrieved 11 June 2017.