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Darlington County Libraries

The Darlington County Library System is your place for information, insight, inspiration, and innovation. The Library offers a wide range of services, programs, and collections for all ages. Last year alone, nearly 300,000 visitors came to our libraries to borrow over 320,000 items, attend over 1,500 programs, and use the Internet accessible computers over 162,000 times.

The Library offers adult and children's books, e-books, audiobooks, e-audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, and videocassettes. The Library provides free access to research resources available 24/7 through our website. DISCUS is South Carolina’s Virtual Library for 24/7 free access to an online library of thousands of databases, newspapers, magazines, and books. The Library subscribes to hundreds of magazines has something for all ages and many interests. These magazines are available for borrowing. The Library has local newspapers, some dating back decades. Free Internet access is available through 61 public computers scattered across the system. Also, free WiFi is available at all locations of the Library.

The Library offers programs for children, teens, adults, and families. Check with your local branch for offerings and dates and time.

The Library has locations in Darlington, Hartsville, Lamar, and Society Hill. The System's administrative offices are located in Darlington.

The Library is governed by an eight-member Board of Trustees appointed by the Darlington County Council. It meets the third Wednesday of each month at 5 p.m.

Most of the library's funding is allocated by County Council. Some funding is received directly from the State of South Carolina through per capita funding. Our Friends' organizations contribute significantly to our operations as do customer donations.

The Library is part of the Palmetto Polaris Library Consortium. It is made up of six members: Darlington, Dillon, Georgetown, Marion, Marlboro, and Sumter Counties. The integrated system allows our customers have access to a combined collection of over 850,000 items, including e-books and e-audiobooks.

The Darlington County Library System received the Darlington County School District's 2012 Jimmy Newsom Signature Award as an organization that positively impacts the students, teachers, and schools of Darlington County School District.

Visit the Darlington County Library Systems website at for the latest news on what is happening at the Library.

Darlington Branch Library
204 N. Main St.
Darlington, SC 29532
Phone: (843) 398-4940
Fax: (843) 398-4942

Hours Of Operation
Monday - Thurs 9am-8pm
Friday 9am-5pm
Saturday 10am-2pm
Sunday 2pm-5pm
Darlington Branch Library

The Darlington County Library System can trace its roots back to the early 1880s. Captain Henry Thompson started the Darlington Guards Library for the use of guard members and their families. Later, access was granted to any gentleman of the community and two ladies of his choice, for a small fee.

In 1968, the library became a part of the Darlington County Library System.

In 1912, the Library was donated to the Civic League, a public service-oriented group of women. By 1922, an expansion was needed, and renovations were made. A large addition was planned in 1928, but was put on hold by bank failure and the Depression. The WPA helped the library double its size in 1933-34.

Largely due to the Farm Women Council, bookmobile service was added in 1936. The Darlington and Hartsville libraries merged in 1968 to form the Darlington County Library System, with added service in the historic Society Hill Library (1822) and the Lamar Library. The Darlington County Library has been in its current location, 204 N. Main Street, since March 1988..


Hartsville Memorial Library
147 W. College Ave.
Hartsville, SC 29550
Phone (843) 332-5115
Fax (843) 332-7071

Hours Of Operation
Monday - Thurs 9am-8pm
Friday 9am-5pm
Saturday 10am-2pm
Sunday 2pm-5pm
Hartsville Memorial Library

The Hartsville Memorial Library is located in downtown Hartsville, South Carolina, in the northwestern part of Darlington County. It was started by volunteers in 1920. The Hartsville Library Board was officially commissioned on March 27, 1936, by an act of the S.C. Legislature.

In 1968, the library became a part of the Darlington County Library System.

The Library has made many moves during its history. In 1994, the Library moved to its present location at the corner of 6th Street and West College Avenue. A new wing was added in 2001. Renovations were also made to the original building, including the installation of new wiring and the addition of new computers, were also completed.

The Hartsville Memorial Library is the largest facility in the system. It also has the highest circulation in the system.


Lamar Library
103 East Main St.
Lamar, SC 29069
Phone: (843) 326-5524
Fax: (843) 326-7302

Hours Of Operation
Monday - Thurs 10am-7pm
Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday 10am-2pm

Lamar Library

The Lamar Library is a branch of the Darlington County Library System. Located in the southern part of the county, it services the Town of Lamar and its outlying communities.

The Lamar Library officially opened its doors with a Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on October 26, 2003 with a 4,200 square foot facility. .

In 2010, the Friends enlarged the library by 1,000 square feet with the expansion of the meeting room and the addition of a classroom. The project was funded in part by the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation and the meeting room was dedicated to long-time Lamar physician, Dr. Sidney T. Griffin on November 28, 2010.


Society Hill Library
114 Carrigan Street
Society Hill, SC 29593
Phone (843) 378-0026
Fax (843) 378-0026

Hours Of Operation
Monday - Thurs 10am - 7pm
Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday 10am-2pm

Society Hill Library

The Society Hill Library was organized December 7, 1822. it is one of the oldest social libraries founded in South Carolina. A library society was formed to make rules for the management, and to assist with additions to the collection of books as needed. Members contributed $20 making a total of $240, with which Elias Gregg purchased books in Philadelphia.

The building was restored in early 1971 by the Dogwood Garden Club and the Society Hill Township for use as a public library, after being closed for more than 20 years. The library was reopened April 30, 1971.

The original building, in its restored state, has been placed near the Society Hill Town Hall. The building was restored in early 1971 by the Dogwood Garden Club and the Society Hill Township for use as a public library, after being closed for more than 20 years. The library was reopened April 30, 1971.

The Library moved to a small building located on the St. David's Academy school grounds. The facility was 850 square feet.

Seeing the need for a better library facility in Society Hill, Senator Gerald Malloy and the Darlington Legislative Delegation presented Darlington County Council and the Library Board with a check for $250,000 on September 18, 2006. These funds were used toward the construction of a new library to replace the small library. Construction of the new building was started in December 2010. The new 4,400 square foot Branch on Carrigan Street opened in August 2011

Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What time do you close?
A. Hours of operation vary at different library branches. See branch info above.

Q. How many books can I check out?
A. Patrons may check out a maximum of 30 books per card.

Q. Do you have videos?
A. Yes. The collection includes current and classic movies, as well as videos on topics such as diet and exercise, crafts, sports, history and more.

Q. How many videos can I check out?
A. Patrons may check out a maximum of four videos/DVD's and/or four audiotapes/CD's per library card.

Q. How long can I check out videos?
A. Videos are checked out for seven days. They cannot be renewed.

Q. How long can I check out books?
A. Books, magazines and audios are checked out for fourteen days, with a maximum of two renewals, unless the book is on reserve.

Q. Do I have to bring my book in to renew it?
A. All items except videos and DVD's may be renewed by telephone unless they are on reserve.

Q. How much are overdue fines?
A. Fines are $.10 per day for books and magazines, and $1.00 per day for videocassettes, audiocassettes, CD's and DVD's.

Q. How do I get a library card?
A. To get a library card a person must provide a picture ID with correct information and fill out Library Application listed in online forms and downloads. A form can also be filled out at the library.

Q. Does it cost to get a library card?
A. Darlington County residents' cards are free, but if lost, replacement cards cost $3.00. Out of County residents are charged an annual fee of $15.00 for cards, unless they provide proof of employment, school attendance, or ownership of property in Darlington County.

Q. Can I use my library card at all libraries?
A. Library cards can be used at all four county library branches.

Q. Should my children have library cards?
A. This is an individual decision. Parents are responsible for fines incurred on the cards of children under age fourteen. However, in order to use library computers, the child will need to have their own card.

Q. Does it cost to get a replacement library card?
A. Replacement cards are $3.00. Patrons should bring ID for verification.

Q. Where are your other libraries?
A. There are county library branches in Darlington, Hartsville, Society Hill, and Lamar.

Q. What do I need to do in order to use the computers/Internet?
A. Before using library computers, patrons must have a library card and a picture ID to register to use the computers. Parents must be present to give permission for children under eighteen to be registered, and must sit with children under six years old.

Q. Do I need to have a library card to use a computer?
A. Yes, it is necessary to have a library card to log into the computers. If you don't have your library card with you when you visit the library, you must have a valid picture ID to be able to receive your card number for log-in purposes.

Q. Can I check out books without a library card?
A. Yes, you can check out books up to two times per year without your library card as long as you have a library card on record and a valid picture ID at the time of checkout.

Q. Can I use the computers without a library card?
A. You can use the computers up to one time without your library card. After that, you will either need to find the old card or replace it with a new one.

 
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