CCPL Reference Librarians are available to assist you with your information needs. Our experts are here to aid you in using our books, periodicals and electronic resources.
Have questions? You've come to the right place. We have the answers and offer a variety of ways to get to them. Choose the one that works for you!
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Save us in your contacts and text us questions while you're on the go. CCPL Reference Services are free, but users may be charged a fee, depending on their calling plan.
E-mail a Question
Ask-A-Question is a free reference service provided by the Charleston County Public Library. We are here to answer your reference questions by e-mail. We provide quick responses to your questions.
To email a question specifically related to local history or geneaology, please fill out this form.
Call Us The Telephone Reference Center (TRC) assists with research questions over the telephone. Most questions can be answered in 3 - 5 minutes. Some examples of questions include spelling, definitions and terms, brief biographical information, referrals to appropriate Websites, as well as in-depth research questions. Pick up the phone and give us a call on the TRC phone line at 843-805-6930. Hours of Service: Monday - Thursday: 9 - 8; Friday & Saturday: 9 - 6; Sunday: 2 - 5
Visit Us Reference librarians are available to assist you during branch location business hours.
Reserve Us Reference librarians at the Main Library are available to work with you one-on-one, by appointment. They can help you decide where to start and what are the best resources for your research. If you would like to set up an appointment, call 843-805-6930.
Other Reference Services
Electronic Research Databases The library offers access to research and homework tools (encyclopedias, magazines, newspaper databases, etc.) that can be used in the library or accessed from home. In order to access the electronic databases from home, you will need to input your library card number. Please call 843-805-6930 for tips on searching the electronic databases.
Educator Reserves With two weeks notice, teachers can reserve reference materials for a specific assignment by calling 843-805-6930.
Interlibrary Loan When Charleston County Public Library resources do not meet your needs, Interlibrary Loan (ILL), a mechanism for receiving materials from another library, is offered to library cardholders. You can borrow up to four materials at one time. Requests can be made from any branch location. Borrowing time is determined by the lending library.