Library News & Notes

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'...

November 6, 2018

Beaufort County Library Director Ray McBride is this year’s winner of the South Carolina Library Association (SCLA) Hall of Fame Award!

This award is given to recognize significant career accomplishments and contributions to the development of library and information services in South Carolina, as well as leadership and service contributing to the advancement of the goals and objectives of the South Carolina Library Association.

Mr. McBride is the first individual to receive this new award, which recognized his 20 years as a professional librarian in South Carolina, including:

  • Three years as Systems Administrator in Darlington County Library System

  • Seven year...

October 5, 2018

The Friends of the Beaufort Library will hold a public art installation celebration at the Saint Helena Branch Library on Saturday, October 27, at 2 pm. “On the Way To the Market,” a National Sculpture Society award-winning bronze sculpture by Alex Palkovich, captures an African-American woman gracefully transporting a basket of vegetables on her head.

The sculpture was purchased by the Friends to commemorate the history of the African descendants in the Lowcountry, and will be a permanent installation at the library. The sculptor will be on hand to provide background about his work and to answer questions. Refreshments will be served, and all ages are invited to att...

September 21, 2018

Did your book make it to the list of Top 100? Or was there a book that made a list that you
think shouldn't have?


Come to the library to join in a friendly discussion about The Great American Read program and join the search for America's best-loved novel.

Wednesday, September 26th | 5:30 pm
Beaufort Branch Library
311 Scott Street | Beaufort, SC


August 30, 2018

For immediate release

Press contacts are Book Sale Co-chairs:

             Deb Chevas (630) 204-5597

             Carter Hoyt (404) 936-5695

Gigantic Book Sale in Beaufort’s Waterfront Park

(BEAUFORT, SC) The Friends of the Beaufort Library, a non-profit supporting the Beaufort County Library branches North of the Broad River, will again hold its annual blow-out BOOK SALE including a Silent Auction the weekend of September 28-30 at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in downtown Beaufort.

Over 40,000 gently used books, music, movies a...

August 9, 2018

Please join us for a celebration of the life of Jennifer Campbell

as we dedicate a permanent installation of Lowcountry images

in her memory in the library meeting room.

Friday August 17, 6:00 PM

Beaufort County Library, 311 Scott Street
(across Carteret St. from Twenge + Twombley)
Please use Scott Street entrance.

The Unveiling will be accompanied by words from:

Librarian Brendagael Beasley-Forrest
Photographer/Naturalist Eric Horan

Attorney Ashley Twombley

All are encouraged to share a thought or memory of Jennifer.

Reception with hors d’oeuvres provided by Jennifer’s Book Club friends.

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