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Charleston County Public Library resources + services

Bookshelves at CCPL’s Main Branch on Calhoun Street | Photo provided by the Charleston County Public Library

Contrary to what some may believe, the library is much more than a stale reminder of a bygone era. Prefer your sound system or Kindle device to classic hardcovers? Audio + e-books are available for checkout at Charleston County Public Library. Books not your thing? Stream movies, music, comics + TV shows for free using your library card. 

And there’s no need to stop at the checkout line – CCPL offers all kinds of programs, events, classes, tools, kids activities, + more. The best part? All of it is free for  cardholders.

workaholics anders at library saying "what's up wit all deez books"
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How to get a card

No card? No problem. All you have to do to become a cardholder is stop by any branch, fill out a quick form + provide current identification showing a Charleston County address (i.e. a driver’s license). Or, you can just fill out this online form + have your card mailed to you. It’s 100% free for residents. Part-time residents, students + members of the military can also get a free card. More info on that here.

Those living outside Charleston County can still get a card for a $40 annual fee

Free services you may not know CCPL provides

Disclaimer: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these services may not be available at the time. Click here for COVID-19 updates or call your nearest branch for more info.

Virtual events to keep kids and adults engaged + educated from the comfort of their home
Curbside services for those who wish to pick up + drop off materials from their car
Books-by-mail service to those who qualify as being permanently or temporarily homebound
Meeting space for nonprofit, civic, educational, cultural, and/or government groups
One-on-one help from a librarian with topics ranging from resume editing to tech support
Workshops, data, + other resources for business owners
Book clubs at multiple branches (+ kits for starting your own)
Telescopes, digital magnifiers, kill-a-watt meters, + more available for rent
Computers + Wi-Fi at all CCPL locations


CCPL has nineteen branches, plus a Mobile Library. With unique experiences at every branch, you’re guaranteed to find something great in your neighborhood.

Main, 68 Calhoun St., Downtown
John L. Dart, 1067 King St., Downtown
Cooper River Memorial, 3503 Rivers Ave., North Charleston
Dorchester Road, 6325 Dorchester Rd., North Charleston
Otranto Road (temporarily closed for renovations), 2261 Otranto Rd., North Charleston
R. Keith Summey North Charleston (coming soon), 3505 Pinehaven Dr.
Mount Pleasant, 1133 Mathis Ferry Rd., Mt. Pleasant
Wando Mount Pleasant, 1400 Carolina Park Blvd.
Village, 430 Whiden St., Mt. Pleasant
West Ashley, 45 Windermere Blvd., West Ashley
Hurd/St. Andrews (temporarily closed for renovations), 1735 N. Woodmere Dr., West Ashley
Bees Ferry West Ashley (coming soon), 3035 Sanders Rd., West Ashley
Folly Beach, 55 Center St., Folly Beach
Baxter-Patrick James Island, 1858 S. Grimball Rd., James Island
Johns Island (temporarily closed for renovations), 3531 Maybank Hwy., Johns Island
Poe/Sullivan’s Island, 1921 I’On Ave., Sullivan’s Island
Edisto, 1589 Highway 174, Edisto Island
McClellanville, 222 Baker St., McClellanville
St. Paul’s Hollywood, 5151 Town Council Dr., Hollywood
Mobile Library, Find its current location here