About CCPL

Charleston County opened the doors to its first free public library Jan. 1, 1931. The Charleston Free Library of the County of Charleston was initially headquartered in a wing of the Charleston Museum and served residents with five branches and a bookmobile.

Currently serving residents with 18 locations and a bookmobile, the Charleston County Public Library operates under a mission and vision that looks toward the future.

Got questions? We have answers!

Library staff are available to answer your questions by text or instant messenger through the chat box below from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday.

2024 Holiday Schedule

Holiday CCPL Closure Dates
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday, Jan. 15
Presidents Day Monday, Feb. 19
Memorial Day Monday, May 27
Juneteenth/Emancipation Day Wednesday, June 19
Independence Day Thursday, July 4
Labor Day Monday, Sept. 2
Veterans Day Monday, Nov. 11
Thanksgiving Thursday, Nov. 28
Friday, Nov. 29
Christmas  Tuesday, Dec. 24
Wednesday, Dec. 25
Thursday, Dec. 26
New Year's Day Monday, Jan. 1

Contact CCPL

The Charleston County Public Library welcomes your questions and comments. 

Charleston County Public Library
68 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone 843-805-6930
Text-a-Question 843-418-4114

Ask-A-Question is a CCPL service that provides answers to your reference or general information questions via IM, email, telephone call or in person. Reference staff will be happy to assist you with online information searches, library catalog searches for a particular title, online research databases, and other library services.

Want to make a suggestion, complaint, or praise a staff member or branch? Fill out this feedback form!

Mission Statement

Charleston County Public Library connects our diverse community to information, fosters lifelong learning and enriches lives.

Equity Statement

CCPL defines equity as the fair treatment and opportunity to access library space and resources, no matter an individual's race, ethnicity, national origin, language, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, socioeconomic status, education, veteran status, and physical appearance.

This statement was adopted in the approval of CCPL’s Strategic Vision for 2021-2024.

CCPL's Vision

Charleston County Public Library is the path to our cultural heritage, a door to resources of the present and a bridge to opportunities in the future.

Stop by a branch near you, and discover a new world of services, resources, classes and programs at your library.