Tuesday, September 07, 2021 Charleston County Library

CHARLESTON, SC – Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) will open the renovated Hurd/St. Andrews Library, located at 1735 N. Woodmere Drive, on Monday, Sept. 20. The public is invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the branch.  

“These renovations are the culmination of extensive planning and work, and we’re thrilled to show the community their new and improved library,” said CCPL Executive Director Angela Craig. “The updates at the branch give patrons a modern library that they can use and explore for years to come.” 

The Hurd/St. Andrews Library, which is named for former long-time CCPL librarian Cynthia Graham Hurd who was tragically killed in the Mother Emanuel AME Church shooting in 2015, closed in August 2020 to undergo renovation construction. This project is part of the ongoing $108.5 million referendum-funded project passed by Charleston County voters in 2014 to build five new libraries and renovate all existing branches. Updates include: 

  • new interior finishes 
  • replacement of shelving 
  • refreshed collection items (books, audiobooks, etc.) 
  • new furniture 
  • technology upgrades 
  • new designated children and teen areas 

The Otranto Road Library, which opened on Aug. 2, was the first renovated branch to reopen its doors to the public, followed by the John’s Island Library on Aug. 23. Two other CCPL branches – Mt. Pleasant and Dorchester Road– are currently closed for renovations and are expected to reopen in 2022. Designs for the renovations were created by McMillan Pazdan Smith (MPS), with MB Kahn handling construction. 

The ribbon cutting ceremony will include speakers from the library, Charleston County Government, area elected officials, and others. The ceremony will also feature Cynthia Graham Hurd’s brother Malcolm Graham, who will lead a re-dedication of a portrait of Cynthia that was on display at the branch prior to renovations. Due to COVID-19, occupancy at the ceremony will be limited. In addition to the ribbon cutting, patrons will have the opportunity to meet the branch staff, take pictures with CCPL’s mascot Owlbert, tour the new branch, and more.  

For more information about this library branch and updates on the construction of the other facilities, please visit ccpl.org/construction.