Charleston County Public Library

68 Calhoun Street
843-805-6930

About Us :

We are committed to continually identifying, evaluating and responding to your informational, educational, cultural and recreational needs. Our readily accessible, user designed services are provided by trained professional and support staff.

We promise to continue in our efforts to make the Charleston County libraries essential to the life of every person who seeks our services.

History:

The Charleston County Library was established in 1930 and formally opened on January 1, 1931. It was first housed in the Charleston Museum building. Within the first two days four hundred cards were issued and by the end of that February, 8,473 books had been circulated. The library's services expanded rapidly. In June, 1931, the first library branches were opened to make library materials accessible to all county residents. At the end of the first year the library had 9,705 members and had circulated 77,459 books. In 1935 the library had expanded rapidly and it was felt that a separate building was needed. In 1935 the library moved to its new quarters at 94 Rutledge Avenue. By 1954, the quarters at 94 Rutledge had also been outgrown and a public campaign to was launched for construction of a new headquarters library building. A bond issue was put before the voters by County Council and was passed with a large majority. A site was selected on Marion Square where the west wing of the old Citadel was located and the new headquarters building opened its door in November, 1960.

On Sunday, February 8, 1998, the library closed its doors at the 404 King Street address for the last time. A brand new library was built only a few blocks away at 68 Calhoun Street, the grand opening being held Tuesday, April 7, 1998.



Reviews

Sri Rangaswamy

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Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017
Kathy did a great job. Hope I spell her name correctly. This happened on August 19th Saturday around 12 noon to 1245pm. Casting was going on NASA was there for Monday eclipse Brief

Anora101

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Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017
Oh my goodness, this place is huge and this place has lots to offer.

Abimael Y'israel

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Sunday, July 2, 2017
Perfect working spot. It's quiet and the WiFi is convenient and fast.

Jon Sorenson

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Saturday, July 9, 2016
Children's activities must be planned by some kind of freaking genius. My kids went for a ninja book club thing and I got back a string of pictures of the craziest things I've ever seen accomplished inside a library: crawling through a web of yarn trip wires, walking tipping beams, etc. If I hadn't seen the cardboard chariot races in person then I wouldn't believe it for myself. They have a wonderful book selection and it's nice to be at a public library that doesn't swallow the left-wing cultural monolith that typically scourges American library systems. Charleston is weird. Keep Charleston Weird. Where have I heard that?

sam green

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017
- Because of library policy of 2 hours each day for public computer use , one needs to get a laptop/tablet if doing anything serious like a job search or for doing longer projects . Also as they shut down Wi-Fi near closing time, you would need to go over to a Starbucks to continue your work . They also did away with the private decks near the windows that use to overlook the harbor and now , one has to work on an open table in the noisier sections .

Recent News

CCPL Participating in CCSD’s Seamless Summer Feeding Program

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Digital Magnifiers for Vision-Impaired Patrons Available for Checkout; Telescope Circulation also Expanded to More Branches

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CCSD and CCPL Join Forces for Summer Reading Programs

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Charleston County School District and CCPL Join Forces for Summer Reading Programs

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CCPL Hosts Voter Registration Drives at 10 Branches Prior to Elections

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CCPL 2017 Annual Report

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CCPL Revs Up for NEA's Read Across America

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CCPL Partners With Burke High School Students on Special Project Highlighting Suppression of Civil Rights

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Reopening Dates Set For Folly Beach and West Ashley Library Branches

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CCPL and Government Officials Break Ground on Baxter Patrick James Island Library

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Charleston County Public Library hosts Amnesty Week in honor of Library Card Sign-Up Month in September

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Charleston County Public Library Announces Additional Branch Closures for Day of Solar Eclipse

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Charleston County Public Library and Government Officials Break Ground on Wando Mount Pleasant Library

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Charleston County Public Library Announces Casting Call

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Charleston County Public Library Offers Free Solar Eclipse Programs and Safety Glasses

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CCPL Selected for First-of-its-Kind Internship Program

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CCPL Announces Effort to Reduce Plastic Waste in Local Waterways

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CCPL to kick off 2017 Summer Reading Programs

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CCPL to Participate in CCSD’s Seamless Summer Feeding Program

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Main Library Closing Due to Cooper River Bridge Run on April 1, 2017

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CCPL Architects to Present Designs for New Mt. Pleasant Branch During Community Meeting

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Hurd/St. Andrews Regional Library to Close from January 30 - February 24, 2017

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Dorchester Road Regional Library to close November 28 - Dec. 26,2016

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CCPL Named One of America’s Star Libraries

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Library Adds Thousands of Free Downloadable Items to its Website

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2016 Librarian Of The Year Selected As CCPL’s Next Executive Director

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Library Board Elects Brack To Be New Chairman

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Summer Reading Program Means Prizes Just For Reading

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Artist To Paint Mural Honoring Library Employee Shot At Emanuel AME

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Library Consultants Seek Input For New James Island Branch

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Library Architects Seek Input For New Branches

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Library Adds Free Streaming Music And Films

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Art Workshops Designed To Help Community Healing

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Charleston County's Main Library Closes Thursday-Saturday; All Branches Close Saturday

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Family Establishes Fund At Library To Continue Hurd's Work

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Funeral Arrangements Announced for Cynthia Graham Hurd

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Storytelling Festival Attracts World-Class Performers, Out-Of-State Visitors

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Workshop Designed to Help Residents Record and Preserve Memories

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Charleston County Public Library Referendum Passes 3-to-1

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September 2014 is Library Card Sign-up Month!

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CCPL Receives Grant to Promote Reading and Animal Welfare

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Fizz, Boom, Spark a Reaction with CCPL's Summer Reading Program

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Community Meetings to Explain Library Construction/Renovation Proposal

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