This Month's Can't Miss Event

Dart Library to be closed 6-8 weeks for repairs starting July 27
Throughout August and September

The John L. Dart Branch will be closed for repairs starting July 27 for 6-8 weeks. Charleston County Public Library will provide more details on reopening as the repairs near completion. The Bookmobile will be stationed near Dart Library in the Food Lion parking lot from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays during the closure. The Bookmobile will have several laptops to give patrons a chance to get online while Dart is closed. 

The book drop is still operational at Dart Library, and staff members are emptying it twice a week. For patrons who put their library materials into the book drop, it may take a few days for your accounts to update and show the items as returned. Staff are back-dating the items in the book drop as well. 

Holds will be available for pick up at the Main Branch, located at 68 Calhoun Street, during this closure period. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

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


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.