The main library building on Bull Street was opened in 1916.
In 1945, Effingham County Library joined Savannah Public Library to form The Chatham-Effingham Regional Library, and in 1956, the regional library expanded to include Liberty County, establishing The Chatham-Effingham-Liberty (CEL) Regional Library.
The library’s name was changed to Live Oak Public Libraries in 2002 to reflect the personality of the region as well as the life and growth of its branches.
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