About Us


 The Charleston Friends of the Library is a nonprofit organization that supports and advocates for the  Charleston County Public Library  system. We raise money to fund more than 6,000 programs sponsored annually by the library, including Summer Reading. To accomplish our goal of advocating for and enhancing the library system, we provide opportunities for the community to invest in their public library through donations of time, money, and books.This year, tens of thousands were helped through supporting the Charleston Friends of the Library. Those helped included young children learning to value reading with help from the Summer Reading Program; teens needing a positive after-school environment; the unemployed building job skills; workers seeking tax assistance; and others reaching across language and cultural barriers. (Yes, a lot more than borrowing books goes on at our library). There is one place in Charleston, a village square, where everyone congregates equally – the public library.

  • We have 16 branches stretching from Edisto to McClellanville;
  • Annually, the library’s circulation exceeds 3.8 million;
  • Patron visits are above 2 million;
  • Over 2 million reference questions are answered;
  • Each of our branches provide wi-fi free of charge;
  • More than 6,000 programs draw audiences of 200,000.


How to donate in memory of Cynthia Hurd

The family of Cynthia Graham Hurd along with her work family at Charleston County Public Library are touched by the outpouring of support from across the world.  Many have asked how they can make a donation in memory of Hurd and her lifelong service to the community as a librarian.

The family asks that donations be made to the Charleston County Public Library with the funds going to the John L. Dart Branch and the St. Andrews Regional Library for the promotion of educational programming.  Donations can be sent to the Cynthia Graham Hurd Memorial Fund, c/o Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun Street, Charleston, S.C. 29401.

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