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 more than 30 years. The Charleston FOL is the official organization that raises money for the Charleston County Public Library. 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

Operations Manager
Nulani Bennett

President - Susan Hoffius
Vice President of Book Sales - Karen Warren
Membership Committee Chair - Brandon Reid
Treasurer - Carin Jorgensen
Past President - Katie Norris

Board Members
Amanda Bunting Comen
Caleb Copper
Whitney Currin
Virginia Ellison
Savannah J. Frierson
Rebecca Hoffman
Tony Joyner
Clare Meyer
Angela Phillips

How can someone join the Friends?

Your membership will help fund more than 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.

2021 Book Sale Schedule

Get the latest details on when and where the book sales will happen by visiting the Charleston Friends of the Library website!

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 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, books on CD, and gadgets including tablets, e-readers, and cellphones.

You can donate books & media at any of the 16 library branch locations. NOTE: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, book donations can only be made at the Main Library at this time.

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.