Library News & Notes

March 27, 2020

Enjoy home-access to Library Edition

In response to the COVID-19 closures, access to Ancestry Library Edition has been temporarily expanded to Beaufort County Library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry.

This home access will be available until the end of April and will be re-evaluated monthly as needed.

How to Access
Access to Library Edition requires a password. To receive the special password, visit our Contact Us page to request the password. Please be sure to include your 13-digit library card number. Customers can then access by visiting the library's page.

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March 19, 2020

March 19, 2020

Library System To Offer Temporary Library Cards to All Beaufort County Residents During COVID-19 Closures

No library card? No problem.

In response to the COVID-19 closures, the Beaufort County Library system is offering all Beaufort County residents the opportunity to receive a 30-day temporary library card so that they can enjoy all of the digital resources available through the library system, such as downloadable audiobooks, eBooks, music, and popular digital magazines through services such as Hoopla Digital, the cloudLibrary, and Flipster

All content in Hoopla Digital is available instantly, with no wait lists. Flipster offers over 50 popular magaz...

March 17, 2020

Good news! To help our customers enjoy as much content as possible during our temporary closure, we are happy to announce that we are temporarily increasing the amount of Hoopla borrows from 6 borrows per month to 8 per month. This change is now in effect.

Remember, there are no wait lists in Hoopla - so if you see something you like, you can borrow it instantly with no waiting.

March 16, 2020

UPDATE 3/16/20:

The Beaufort County Library system thanks our community for its patience and understanding as we closely monitor COVID-19 developments and work to mitigate issues related to the temporary closure of the library system.

During the library’s closure:

  • Please keep your borrowed materials.

  • Due dates on SCLENDS materials have been extended. Overdue fines will not accrue during the time the libraries are closed.

  • All holds will be suspended until the library re-opens to the public.

  • Customers should not place holds on any items in the SCLENDS catalog. (No library materials are being transferred between library systems at this time.) SCLENDS Pub...

March 13, 2020

Friday, March 13: In accordance with the current health emergency, the Beaufort County Library system will suspend all bookmobile service and library outreach activities for two weeks starting Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27.

The two week suspension may be extended for additional weeks if deemed necessary. 

Bookmobile patrons will not be charged fines during this time frame. 

We value providing bookmobile and outreach services to the community. Please stay tuned to the website for updates as to when these services will resume.

At this time all other library services will operate as normal.

February 13, 2020

This event has been postponed until further notice.

Bring Your Family to a Groovy Concert at the Library!

Eric Litwin is a song singing, guitar strumming, #1 New York Times Best Selling author who brings early literacy and music together. He is the original author of the Pete the Cat series as well as the author of The Nuts and Groovy Joe. Eric's books have sold over 12.5 million copies, been translated into 17 languages, and won 26 literacy awards including a Theodor Geisel Seuss Honor Award.

Free! No registration. First-come, first-served seating.

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January 7, 2020

Introducing an opportunity to skip the waiting list on new bestsellers.

We are happy to announce that our five branch libraries now offer new “Lucky Day” collections that provide Beaufort County readers a chance to get their hands on hot new releases, best-sellers and popular books that typically have long hold times.

If it’s on the shelf, it’s yours to check out—no holds, no waiting!

Lucky Day items are simply extra copies of the most popular books made available on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to provide regular good fortune to multiple readers, Lucky Day books:

  • Are first-come, first-served (staff cannot hold these items for customers)

  • Have a two...

December 17, 2019

The Beaufort County School District and the Beaufort County Library system, in a continuation of their dynamic partnership, announce the Gift of Reading program, a new initiative that aims to provide Beaufort County’s youngest students with new and enjoyable books to kick-start their home library.

The new program was initiated thanks to the generosity of a local couple seeking to provide books that Beaufort County’s children can keep at home and that will, ultimately, help to develop a child’s lifelong love of reading.

The school district and the public library system are a natural fit to spearhead this effort with both systems having recently p...

December 17, 2019

All library branches will be closed Monday, December 23, Tuesday, December 24, and Wednesday, December 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday. All branches will resume regular hours on Thursday, December 26.

All library branches will also close at 5:00pm on Tuesday, December 31 and will be closed on Wednesday, January 1. All branches will resume regular hours on Thursday, January 2.

Full Beaufort County Government Announcement 

December 13, 2019

Libraries are made stronger with help from their communities.

The Beaufort County Library system is fortunate to have not one, not two, but three Friends of the Library groups and the Public Library Foundation of Beaufort County.

The Friends and the Foundation are all-volunteer groups dedicated to supporting the work and supplementing the resources of the Library system.

The Friends and the Foundation have generously supported library programs such as the summer reading program (Summer @ Your Library), a new Bookmobile, staff scholarships, book collections, online resources, library programs, storytimes, and so much more.

The Public Library Foundation is dedicated...

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