Wednesday, September 01, 2021 Charleston County Library

CHARLESTON, S.C. - This September Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) is joining the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide for Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time to remind parents, caregivers and students that a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning. A library card opens a world of infinite possibilities through resources and services that give students the tools to succeed in school and beyond.  

Libraries offer free and fun educational resources and activities that bring families and communities together. CCPL checks out items beyond books such as DVD/Blu-Rays, telescopes, digital magnifiers, hotspots that provide free Wi-Fi, children’s launchpads, passes to parks and museums, and more. The library’s access to digital tools is also an invaluable resource. Patrons with a card number can access resources for free like Consumer Reports, the language learning program Mango, the electronic version of the NYTimes, Learning Express, which provides practice testing for the G.E.D., nursing exams, license exams, and much more. CCPL provides access to more than 50 databases and subscriptions.  

Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children. Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning. 

Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. During the month, the ALA and libraries unite in a national effort to ensure every community members sign up for their own library card. For more information about how to sign up for a library card, please visit one of our branches in person or online at