SC LENDS Fast Facts

 

  • SC LENDS is a consortium of 14 libraries around the state that has agreed to share resources, including books, DVDs, CDs, and anything else that circulates.
  • SC LENDS stands for “South Carolina Library Evergreen Network Delivery System.”
  • SC LENDS benefits patrons by giving them access to more materials than ever before.
  • Together, SC LENDS libraries serve a population of almost 1 million people in 14 counties and circulate more than 2 million items.
  • SC LENDS libraries will share a single catalog, which means that patrons can search for items at any of the 14 libraries as easily as they search for items at their home library. Requesting items will be as simple as clicking a button. Within a few days, any available circulating item can be delivered from any SC LENDS library across the state.
  • SC LENDS benefits libraries by helping them take advantage of economies of scale and share expertise with other libraries around the state.
  • SC LENDS libraries are implementing the Evergreen open-source integrated library system (ILS), originally developed for the 270-member Georgia PINES library consortium. By using open source, SC LENDS libraries estimate that they will save more than $200,000 a year in software licensing costs.
  • SC LENDS is the second-largest Evergreen consortium in North America.
  • The following libraries have joined SC LENDS:
    • Allendale-Hampton-Jasper Library System
    • Anderson County Library
    • Beaufort County Library
    • Calhoun County Library
    • Chesterfield County Library
    • Colleton County Library
    • Dorchester County Library
    • Fairfield County Library
    • Florence County Library
    • Kershaw County Library
    • The South Carolina State Library
    • Union County Carnegie Library
    • Williamsburg County Library
    • York County Library