COVID Operations

All Locations Have Reopened to the Public

During this phase of reopening:

  • We encourage quick, "Grab and Go" service & browsing

  • Buildings will be limited to 50% normal occupancy

  • Limited use of public computers (30 mins)

  • Curbside service will continue

  • Bookmobiles will resume limited scheduled visits where applicable with contact-free, curbside delivery. Customers will not be allowed onboard.

  • Our volunteers can return if they choose

  • Library events remain suspended


Masks are now voluntary at the Beaufort, Bluffton, Lobeco, and St. Helena branches. Masks are required to enter the Hilton Head Branch. (The Town of Hilton Head's mask mandate is in effect until at least May 16.) Masks are available upon request to any visitor of our library branches.

We're committed to a safe reopening. Please help us keep our library healthy. 

Reopening details are available in Phase 3 of our Beaufort County Library Reopening Plan, below.


Library Cards


Can I sign up for a library card without coming in?
Yes! Visit our Get A Library Card page to sign up for a library card online. After your application has been received, a staff member will email your account number and temporary password.

When does my temporary card expire?
All temporary cards issued during the library’s closure will remain active for a set period of time. You will receive a notification when your temporary card is approaching expiration.

How do I renew my library card?

Please call your nearest branch library or request a renewal via our Contact Us form.

Curbside Service


What is Curbside Service?

Our contact-free Curbside Service allows customers to safely pick up library materials that have been placed on hold. Each Beaufort County Library branch has a designated Curbside Pickup Location clearly marked by signage for service. View our Curbside Page


When can I pick up items using Curbside Service?

Please visit our curbside page for the most current information.

Branch Services

Can I use a computer or copy/scan/fax machine?
Limits on public computers are in place to encourage the library’s “grab-and-go” model. We have reduced the number of available computers to increase the space between workstations. To ensure equal access, we are limiting visitors to 30 minutes for computer use. If the library branch is not at capacity, a time extension may be considered upon request. Computer sessions are first come, first served. Our goal is to provide patrons with access to materials and the internet, but limit the time in order to reduce any spread of the coronavirus. The safety of our staff and customers is our first priority as we continue our phased reopening.


Copy/scan/fax machines will be available. Wi-Fi is available from outside the library, accessible safely by car in the library parking lot.

Library Events and Storytimes

When will you offer library events and storytimes? 

In-house programs are currently suspended until further notice. 

Meeting Room Reservations

Please visit our Meeting Rooms page for the most current information.




Find more common questions and answers on our Frequently Asked Questions page.


The library will be closed on Monday, July 5th.

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