Miniature "Pop-Up" Library
Changes for Bluffton Library Customers
It is our goal to keep library service available to Bluffton residents in the months ahead. We will strive to serve our community however possible. Effective Monday, March 1, the library's entryway and Large Meeting Room will serve as a "miniature pop-up" library for the coming months as the renovation project begins. The main portion of the library will be closed.
Important details regarding service effective March 1
Operating hours will remain the same (Mondays-Thursdays 10am-6pm and Fridays & Saturdays 10am-5pm)
Library staff will be available to assist in-person, by phone (843-255-6497), or through our Contact Us form
A selection of books will be available for browsing and checkout
Holds pick up and checkout stations will be available
Public computers, fax/scanner, and copy machine will be available
The lobby restrooms will be open
Exterior book drop will remain open
Some used book sale items will be available for purchase
VITA and AARP will continue spring tax assistance. Please visit our Tax Help page for the most current procedure.
We regret that the Bluffton library is unable to accept book donations at this time
During some phases of construction, it may be necessary to close the branch for a short period of time or offer curbside service only. We understand that these changes will present inconveniences of varying degrees, and we thank you again for your patience and support as we improve our library. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.
FAQ about Bluffton Branch renovations
What renovations are taking place? What changes can we expect?
Expect big changes! Approximately 60% of the branch will undergo renovations. The Children’s Area will be relocated, expanded, and enclosed. A new large programming room will be dedicated fully to children’s programming. The main fiction section for adults will assume the space of the former Children’s Area. The Teen Area will be relocated and enhanced. Community meeting rooms will be created from previously open spaces. New furniture, flooring, and paint are included.
When will construction begin?
Construction is anticipated to begin in March 2021.
Will the library need to close?
It is our goal to keep library service available at all times. While the main part of the building will be inaccessible during construction, effective March 1, the library's Large Meeting Room will become a temporary “miniature library” and will be in operation throughout the project. In this designated space, we will offer shelves of books available for browsing and check out as well as a holds pick up station, public computer, fax/scanner and copy machine, self-checkout unit, and more.
Can I still borrow books from the branch?
This service will be among one of our highest priorities. Please see above.
Will the book drop still be available?
Currently, there are no plans to close the exterior book drop.
Can I still call the Bluffton Library?
During this period, as always, we strive to make customer service a top priority. You can continue to contact staff at 843-255-6497 or visit in person during operating hours.
Will the used book sale continue during the renovation?
The sale area in the main part of the library will be unavailable during the renovation; however, some used book sale items will be available for purchase in a designated area.
Will the Bluffton Branch accept book donations during this time?
Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept book donations at this time. We look forward to accepting donations when the renovation project is complete.
Why are these renovations taking place?
The branch opened in 2002 and has witnessed enormous community growth since then. The renovations were designed as a response to usage, community feedback, focus groups, and surveys.
Where’s the nearest branch library?
The nearest physical location is the Hilton Head Branch Library located at 11 Beach City Road. It is approximately 10 miles (about 20 minutes, depending on traffic) from the Bluffton Library. Our Bookmobiles will continue to run their regular routes at various stops throughout Beaufort County.
When will the renovations be complete?
To be determined. For updates about the progress of the renovation please check this page.
Can I still have my taxes done at the library during the renovation?
It is our goal to continue to host VITA and AARP for spring tax assistance. Please visit our Tax Help page for the most current procedure.
Below are the architectural plans for the Bluffton Branch renovation. For a more detailed look at the plans, you can download the pdf here.
All branches will be closed Wednesday, October 6 for staff work day.