Charles D. Switzer, second from left, stands with (from left) former library directors Gail Rogers and Tamara George and current library director Helen Poyer. Dinah Bonesteel // Cobb County Public Library System
Charles D. Switzer, second from left, stands with (from left) former library directors Gail Rogers and Tamara George and current library director Helen Poyer. Dinah Bonesteel // Cobb County Public Library System

On Tuesday, July 23, the Cobb County Board of Commissioners renamed the Central Library of the Cobb County Public Library System the Charles D. Switzer Public Library.

Charles D. Switzer served on the library’s Board of Trustees for 30 years, overseeing projects such as the digitization of the library’s catalog, the construction of many libraries, and the expansion of services to better serve the citizens of Cobb County. “We are so honored to be able to commemorate the hard work and lifelong dedication of Mr. Switzer,” says library director Helen Poyer. “The library system and the County have benefited so much from his leadership, wisdom, and guidance, and we can’t think of a better way to honor his commitment to the community.”

Prior to his retirement from the Library’s Board of Trustees in 2012, Mr. Switzer was the County’s longest-serving volunteer board appointee. He was appointed to the library’s board on September 28, 1982, as a replacement for Dr. Lewis A. Ray; Dr. Ray resigned from the Board when he moved from Cobb County and recommended Mr. Switzer to fill his position on the Board. Mr. Switzer served as the Chairman of the Library Board since January 26, 1999, replacing the retiring Dennis Kemp.

Charles D. Switzer served on the library's Board of Trustees for 30 years. Dinah Bonesteel // Cobb County Public Library System
Charles D. Switzer served on the library’s Board of Trustees for 30 years. Dinah Bonesteel // Cobb County Public Library System

The Cobb County Public Library System saw many accomplishments during his tenure on the Board, including:

  • 1986: Renovation of Fort Hill Library, also known as the Hattie G. Wilson Library; this location closed in 2013 prior to the recent demolition of the Fort Hill Homes
  • 1986: Bond referendum to build the Central Library, 3 new libraries, and to expand the Kennesaw and Powder Springs Library
  • 1987: Merchant’s Walk addition
  • 1989: Central Library opened
  • 1990: Mountain View Regional Library opened
  • 1999: Online catalog introduced
  • 2002: West Cobb Regional Library opened
  • 2003: Sweetwater Valley Library moved to Threadmill Mall
  • 2005: South Cobb Regional Library opened
  • 2007: Georgia Room renovation and expansion at the Central Library completed
  • 2007: Powder Springs Library moved to current, expanded location at the Ford Center
  • 2009: Mountain View Regional Library expansion completed
  • 2010: East Cobb Library replaced the Merchant’s Walk Library with expanded facility and centralized floor plan

The Charles D. Switzer Public Library is located at 266 Roswell Street in downtown Marietta. A dedication ceremony for the newly-renamed facility will be held at a later date.

Central Library to be renamed for longtime library leader