A bond referendum of $2,100,000 for materials and equipment was passed in 1988. The State of Georgia also provided a $2,000,000 construction grant that enabled Forsyth County to construct a new library building with greatly expanded technology and services. This new building opened in July 1992 on the site now known as the Cumming Library. More than 200 people attended the ceremony, and 3,500 books circulated that day.
The Lake Lanier Regional Library continued to grow and change along with the populations of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties. By Fiscal Year 1994, the number of items checked out exceeded 4 million, giving the system the largest circulation in the state of Georgia. However, Dawson County remained a quiet rural community while Forsyth and Gwinnett counties were becoming increasingly suburban.
On July 1, 1994, the Dawson County branch joined the Chestatee Regional system. At this time, the Lake Lanier Regional Library changed its name to Gwinnett-Forsyth Regional Library.
In the fall of 1995, the Gwinnett County Library Board voted to dissolve the regional library system, and on July 1, 1996, the Forsyth County Branch became an independent library, with Jon McDaniel as the first Library Director.
Staff worked very hard to meet the many challenges in this change. Computer records were created for over 110,000 books, tapes, and videos in converting to a new library automation system. The regional library headquarters had been located in Gwinnett County and remained with the Gwinnett system. Therefore, critical library functions previously handled by the regional headquarters were established at the Forsyth location. These included Human Resources, Accounting, Purchasing, Computer Services, Children's Programming, Interlibrary Loan, and Materials (including selection, acquisition, cataloging, and processing).
A Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) was passed in April 1996 and again in March 1998 to provide funding to build a new library branch in the South Forsyth area and to purchase land for future branches.