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.
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.