Who are the Friends of the Library?

This volunteer, non-profit support organization has raised money to enhance programming and services offered by the Charleston County Public Library for over 30 years. To supplement member dues, this tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization raises the majority of its funds from branch book sales held throughout the year and during the group’s multi-day That BIG Book Sale held annually at the Omar Shrine Auditorium.

Money raised by the Friends touches the lives of thousands throughout Charleston County by funding programs and events, including:

  • the annual Summer Reading program
  • costs and materials for programs, such as movies, performer expenses, etc.
  • author book signings and lectures
  • ongoing professional development training for staff

Members also provide hundreds of hours of volunteer time to help with library services and programs.

Board of Directors

Jeanell Marvin 

President- Susan Hoffius
Vice President of Book Sales- Claire Fund
Vice President of Membership- Virginia Ellison
Treasurer- Ronna Bell
Past President- Katie Norris

Board Members
Debora Yost
Karen Lyon
Carin Jorgensen 
Chase Quinn 
Tony Joyner 
Karen Warren
Chris Gilbert

How can someone join the Friends?

Your membership will help fund over 7,000 programs annually at Charleston County Public Library.

To become a member: Sign up online, download the Friends of the Library Membership Form and mail it in, or call 843-805-6882.

For more information about Friends' Book Sales and events, please visit the Charleston Friends of the Library website.

2019 Book Sale Schedule

Otranto Regional Library Book Sale
2261 Otranto Road, North Charleston, SC 29406
March 1 & 2
*Member Event: Feb. 28

Hurd/St. Andrews Book Sale
1735 N. Woodmere Drive, 29407
May 24 & 25
*Member Event: May 23
That Summer Book Sale (Main Library)

68 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401
June 21-23
*Member Event: June 20
John’s Island Regional Library Book Sale

3531 Maybank Highway, Charleston, SC 29455
July 26 & 27
*Member Event" July 25
That BIG Book Sale

Omar Shrine Temple, 176 Patriots Point Road, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
October 11-13
*Member Event: Oct. 10
That HOLIDAY Book Sale

Mt Pleasant Regional Library, 1133 Mathis Ferry Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29466
December 6-7
*Member Event: Dec. 5

*FOL members are invited to preview book sales on Thursday before the sales open to the public on Friday.* 

At Friends sales, you will find books, DVDs, and CDs, with prices starting at just $1 for paperbacks and $3 for hardback books. Items include mysteries, romances, classics, children’s books, local histories, cookbooks and more. Children’s books start at just $0.50!
Can’t wait for the next book sale? The Friends of the Library sell books everyday online! Be sure to check out their site where you can find a vast selection of first editions, signed copies, and rare collectibles.  

In addition, you can find $1 books in the Friends of the Library section of a number of Charleston County Public libraries.  These books are refreshed often and you will find a variety of genres.

Donate Your Books & Media

Donations of books, DVDs and CDs are always welcome!

Each year the Friends receive thousands of donated books, which they in turn resell to the public through book sales. Your donation is tax-deductible and helps to provide critical support to the Charleston County Public Library. You can drop off gently used books, CDs, DVDs, books on CD, video games, and gadgets including tablets, e-readers, cellphones, and GPS navigation systems.

You can donate books & media at any of the 16 library branch locations. Large donations (typically more than 2 boxes, depending on the size of the box) should be dropped off at the Main Library.  For the Main Library,  drive around behind the Library. You will see stairs and a drop box. Please ring the bell at the door if during normal business hours. If no one answers, you can place books in the drop off bin. For questions, please call 843-805-6882.

For more information on donating to the Friends, click here.