“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mitchell

The Charleston Friends of the Library is a volunteer-run organization, from the Board of Directors to the Sorting Room and throughout the community at book sales and programs. Every year hundreds of Charleston citizens donate thousands of hours to make our community a better place to live, work, and learn.

The Friends offer a variety of ways for volunteers to engage and make an impact. We welcome individual volunteers, families, and groups from schools, corporations, and civic organizations.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Brittany at director@charlestonlibraryfriends.org.



The Sorting Room is located at the Main Library branch in downtown Charleston.  Each weekday, a dedicated group of volunteers receive the books and media donated for book sales.  Together, they sort through the donated items, price everything in preparation for sales, and repackage donations for storage. 

Sorting Room Volunteers are required to complete a training before joining the regular schedule.  To schedule a training, please contact Brittany at director@charlestonlibraryfriends.org



The Friends host four regional book sales throughout the year in library branches throughout Charleston County.  In addition, the Friends host the That BIG Book Sale each October at the Omar Shrine Auditorium in Mount Pleasant.  Volunteers replenish and straighten book supplies for easy shopping and accept payments from patrons when they are finished shopping.

That BIG Book Sale

That BIG Book Sale  is a massive sale that features more than 70,000 books, DVDS, CDs, audio books, sheet music, and maps all available to purchase for prices as low as $.50.   It will take place on October 12-14 at the Omar Shrine Auditorium (176 Patriots Point Road) in Mount Pleasant. Set-up and our special Member Event will take place Thursday, October 11.  You can sign up to volunteer here.  

Volunteer Activities:

  • Set up and break down the sale
  • Sort and organize items
  • Cashier and more!
Group Volunteers:

This is an excellent group volunteer opportunity! If your school, company or organization is interested in pitching in, please email director@charlestonlibraryfriends.org, or sign up online by clicking on the link here.

Volunteer Benefits:

  • Free Books:  volunteers receive a coupon for $10 off a purchase
  • The satisfaction that comes with helping your community



We need volunteers to help us pick up donated books from elderly patrons and take them to our donation drop off area located at the Main Library branch on 68 Calhoun.  Must be able to pick up a 30 lb. box of books.  Must have a valid driver’s license and must use your own vehicle.



Assist with mailings, data entry, and other tasks in the Administrative Office located at the Main Library branch on 68 Calhoun.  Please contact Brittany at director@charlestonlibraryfriends.org if interested.