Library News & Notes

November 1, 2019

UPDATE NOVEMBER 6

Following our November 1st launch of a new auto-renewal feature, library staff has confirmed the following:

  • Items checked out PRIOR TO NOVEMBER 1 will NOT auto-renew. If an item was checked out on October 31 or prior, customers will continue to receive auto-renewal emails such as “MAX RENEWALS REACHED” (even though the item has 1-2 renewals left). Items checked out prior to October 31 must be renewed online or by library staff. These items will not auto-renew. Again, this is only for items that were checked out before Nov 1.

  • Items checked out ON NOVEMBER 1 OR AFTER will auto-renew. Items checked out on Friday, November 1 or after will auto-r...

September 1, 2019

Update 9/5/2019: The library system will reopen to normal operating hours on Monday, September 9.

9/1/19, 7:30pm - Due to Hurricane Dorian, all locations of the Beaufort County Library System will be closed until further notice.

  • Please keep your borrowed materials.

  • Please do not place items in or near book drop.

  • Overdue fines accrued during hurricane will be forgiven (until Monday, Sep 9)

  • All library events and meeting room bookings scheduled for this week are canceled.

  • Updates regarding reopening will be posted to our homepage.

Thank you, and please stay safe.

July 18, 2019

The Beaufort County Library System is proud to announce that it is a recipient of a 2019 Read to Succeed Summer Camps Book Award grant.

Read to Succeed legislation was created in 2015 to address the literacy needs of South Carolina students, and the summer camps provide an intervention system for students who may be struggling to read at grade level. The book award helps to put more books in the hands of reluctant readers by providing curated collections of high interest paperbacks to the selected applicants.

The Beaufort County Library received over 550 books that were then delivered by library staff to summer camps at Whale Branch Elementary, Robert Smalls Internatio...

July 15, 2019

The Beaufort County Library System is proud to announce a total award of $42,000 in staff scholarships. 

The scholarships are the result of a collaboration between The Public Library Foundation, The Friends of the Hilton Head Library and the Friends of the Beaufort Library.  Each organization has contributed $14,000 to support one library staff member who is actively enrolled in obtaining their Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science (MLIS) at the University of South Carolina. The scholarships are needs based and may be awarded annually through a competitive application process.
 
These scholarships, from amazing organizations who already provide outs...

June 20, 2019

Beaufort County residents can easily turn their documents digital!

All Beaufort County Library branches offer complimentary use of BookScan stations. These self-service stations allow users to scan documents, photos, books, and other items. (The units even TRANSLATE documents!)

Users can save scans to a USB drive or save as JPEGs, PDFs, or other file types. From the same screen, documents can be emailed or faxed to wherever they need to go within the United States.


Designed to be easy to use with large, friendly buttons, the unit's touch screen guides the user through the scan process and offers scanning to:

  • Printer

  • Fax

  • Google Drive

  • Email as an attach...

May 29, 2019

Beaufort County Children and Teens Can Receive a Free Daily Lunch at the Beaufort, Lobeco, and St. Helena Branch Libraries

WHO: All children & teens in northern Beaufort County

WHAT: A free hot lunch served by the Sodexo Lowcountry Cruzer Food Truck

WHEN & WHERE: June 3 - July 31, 2019 (Mondays - Fridays)

  • St. Helena Library: 10:45am - 11:30am

  • Beaufort Library: 12:00pm - 12:45pm

  • Lobeco Library: 1:30pm - 2:15pm

HOW: Just come to the library and enjoy a free daily meal! No registration.

This program is made possible through a partnership between the Beaufort County School District, Sodexo Quality of Life Services, and the Beaufort County Library. Question...

May 3, 2019

Beaufort County Library System and Beaufort County School District unite to combat the loss of literacy skills with an innovative county-wide summer reading program.

This program will provide an easy-to-follow game board with incentivizing prizes that will, most importantly, promote reading and literacy.

Each student in the Beaufort County School District (BCSD) will receive a game board before schools break for summer. Beaufort County Libraries (BCL) will simultaneously distribute game boards to visitors of its branch libraries and Bookmobiles. This county-wide program is set to launch on June 1st and run until July 31st.  No registration is required.

The Public Li...

March 21, 2019

On Wednesday, March 20th, the Beaufort County Library system officially welcomed its second Bookmobile at a ribbon cutting ceremony held at the Hilton Head Branch Library.

The second Bookmobile, nicknamed Bookmobile-South, was added to the library’s fleet thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Hilton Head Library.

Members of Beaufort County Council, Library Board of Trustees, Friends of the Hilton Head Library, and library staff members were present to celebrate the new addition.

Bookmobile-South will focus on providing services to residents of Hilton Head, Bluffton, and surrounding areas throughout the southern portion of Beaufort County while the library’s ori...

November 21, 2018

Donate a new or like-new baby’s or child’s book to the library during December 2018 and your library fines* will be forgiven (up to $20 per card).

Books will be donated to the Born to Read program to support their goal of promoting early literacy to parents and children in Beaufort County.

*Forgiveness applies only to fines from overdue items and to Beaufort County Library cardholders only. Donation must be in new or like-new condition (please bring to any Beaufort County Library location).

November 15, 2018

The Beaufort County Library system is pleased to announce that the Friends of the Hilton Head Library organization is the recipient of the South Carolina Library Association (SCLA) Friend of Libraries Award. 

The award recognizes outstanding service to a library or libraries, which has furthered the expansion of library services in South Carolina.

The Friends of the Hilton Head Library received the award in recognition of their contributions to the Hilton Head Library and dedication to supporting quality library service to their community. Library Director Ray McBride, at the recent South Carolina Library Association conference, accepted the award on the Friends'...

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