What can I borrow from CCPL and for how long?
Media Type Loan Period Borrow Limit Overdue Charges
Books 28 days Unlimited $0.20/day
Audiobook CDs 28 days Unlimited $0.20/day
Musical CDs 28 days Unlimited $0.20/day
Magazines 14 days 5/cardholder $0.20/day
Audiobooks and eBooks 14 days 4/cardholder  
DVDs and Blu-Rays 7 days 10/cardholder $0.20/day
New Books 7 days Unlimited $0.20/day
Telescopes 7 days 1/cardholder  

Note: Reference or SC Room items cannot leave the library. Ask a librarian whether the library owns circulating copies.

Where do I return the items I borrowed?

Library materials may be returned to any Charleston County Public Library branch or the bookmobile. Book drops are available at all  branch locations. 

To avoid fines, the item must be returned by the date printed on the date due card or receipt.

My borrowed library item is lost/damaged. What do I do?

Library cardholders are responsible for the replacement cost of lost or damaged items. A library card replacement fee is $2. 

There is no fee to county residents for an initial library card. The replacement cost for media containers is $5; individual audio book cassettes or CDs cost $7.

What are the fees if items are not returned on time?

All CCPL materials are 20 cents per day, up to a maximum of $5 per item, except the telescopes, which are $5 per day up to a maximum of $125. Children's materials checked out on children's cards are fine fee, but overdue children's items must be returned in order to check out library materials. InterLibrary Loan materials are 25 cents per day, up to a maximum of $15.

Can I pay my fines electronically?

Patrons may pay fines and fees by credit card, debit card or PayPal account via the public library catalog. Payments may be made for an entire item fine or group of item fines or fees where the total exceeds $1.99. Partial payment of an item fine or payment of a fine less than $2 will not be accepted by credit card, debit card or PayPal account.

What happens if I don't pay my fines?

Charleston County Public Library first tries to collect any overdue fines or materials by sending postcards or e-mails directly to patrons. Once an account becomes 60 days overdue and has a balance of $25 or more, it will be sent to Unique Management Services, a collection agency. 

Although the majority of patrons return items on time and in good condition, there are a few who do not respond to overdue notices sent by the Library. It is important to have these items returned so they can be available for other customers to use and enjoy. 

For more information and tips on how to keep your account current, read the collection agency answers page.

What should I do if I turned in an item but my account shows it's still checked out?
Call the branch location where you returned the item and ask for the Circulation department.