Library News & Notes

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...

November 1, 2019


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...

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