This Month's Can't Miss Event

HEART at Dart, a Poetry Celebration
Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m.

Celebrate poetry at the library! Join local poets to write poems on typewriters from 2-4 p.m. An open mic event featuring HEART, an arts community for adults with special needs, will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. HEART will also debut their pocket poetry zine created through a collaboration with Enough Pie and Charleston Poet Laureate Marcus Amaker. Poets of all ages are welcome to participate in the open mic session. This program is presented by the Free Verse Poetry Festival.

See all of the events happening this month.

Driving Directions

From the North area:
Take I-26 East to Exit 221A for King Street. Turn left onto King Street. The Library will be about 1/4 mile on the left.

From Folly Beach and James Island:
Take the James Island Connector (Hwy. 30) to Calhoun Street. From Calhoun Street, turn left on King Street. The Library will be about 1 mile on the left between Grove Street and Romney Street.

From Mt. Pleasant:
Take the Ravenel Bridge (Hwy. 17) to the King Street exit. Go north on King Street. The Library will be on the left between Grove Street and Romney Street.

From West Ashley:
Take Hwy. 17 east towards downtown OR take Hwy. 61 (Ashley River Road, becomes St. Andrews closer to downtown) east towards downtown and stay in the left lane to merge with Hwy. 17.  Move to the right lane and take the Lockwood Drive South exit. Stay in the left lane and take the Calhoun Street ramp. Follow Calhoun Street to Marion Square (intersection of Calhoun and King Streets). Turn left on King Street. The Library will be about 1 mile on the left between Grove Street and Romney Street.

John L. Dart Contact Info

1067 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403

Phone: 843-722-7550

Branch Manager:
K'Lani Green

Hours of operation: 
Monday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Wi-Fi available?   Yes
Public Internet / MS Office workstations?   Yes
Color copying and printing?   Yes, $0.25 per page
Black & white copying and printing?   Yes, $0.10 per page
Public scanner? Yes
Fax machine? No
Public meeting rooms available? No
Public Notary? Available by appointment

Mobile Printing

Learn more about mobile printing and see instructional videos on how to use our mobile printing service.


Dart Hall, which was later replaced by the John L. Dart Library, was one of the original library branches established in 1931. Dart Hall existed as a library for many years before the Charleston County Library adopted it as a branch. Dart Hall was originally built as the Charleston Industrial Normal Institute by the Rev. John L. Dart, a distinguished educator and a leading minister of the city.

His daughter, Susan Dart Butler, founded Dart Hall. She had long felt the need for library services for the African American population of Charleston. She opened a reading room at Dart Hall for the African American public in 1927. This room was operated at Mrs. Butler's expense until the opening of the Dart Hall Branch of the Charleston Free Library in July 1931. The existence of this reading room favorably impressed the leaders of the Rosenwald Fund when they were considering making funds available for the establishment of the Free Library. The Dart family gave the use of the building to the County for the sum of $1 a year rent. From 1931 until 1952, three large rooms were made available. In December 1952, Charleston County purchased Dart Hall.

The present John L. Dart Library was built by County Council in 1968 and named in honor of the late Rev. John L. Dart. Dedication ceremonies were held Dec. 12, 1968, with members of the Dart family present.

A mural that wraps around part of the building honors Cynthia Graham Hurd, a 31-year library employee who was among those killed in the Emanuel AME Church shooting in June 2015. The artwork was done by R. ROBOTS.