Charleston County Public Libraries Renovations

This past November the Charleston County Public Library asked residents new libraries and renovations would be worth paying for. The proposal was approved by nearly 3-to-1, letting the library know how important its facilities were.

Now that the proposal has been passed, some details need to be taken into account. The Charleston County Public Libraries would like resident’s input. Five separate meetings have been set up for residents to attend and voice their opinions.

Meeting dates and locations:

Monday, September 14 at 7 p.m.
New St. Paul’s Branch Library (Replaces St. Paul’s/Hollywood Branch)
E.B. Ellington Elementary Cafeteria
5540 Old Jacksonboro Rd., Ravenel

Thursday, September 17 at 7 p.m.
New West Ashley/Bees Ferry Branch Library
West Ashley High School Auditorium
4060 West Wildcat Blvd., Charleston

Monday, September 21 at 7 p.m.
New Pinehaven Branch Library 
(Replaces Cooper River Memorial Branch)
Cooper River Memorial Branch
3503 Rivers Ave., North Charleston

Monday, September 28 at 7 p.m.
New Ten Mile/Carolina Park Branch Library
Wando High School Cafeteria
1000 Warrior Way, Mt. Pleasant

Thursday, October 1 at 7 p.m.
New James Island Branch
 (Replaces James Island Branch)
James Island Elementary School Media Center
1872 Grimball Road, Charleston

Voters approved a referendum to spend $108.5 million to build five new branch libraries, renovate 13 existing branches and move support services out of the Main Library to free up more space for the public. A major focus includes upgrading technology by adding self check-out kiosks, more public computers and the latest equipment in public meeting rooms.

Charleston County has hired Charleston-based architectural firm Cummings & McCrady Inc. to oversee this planning phase. Several other architectural firms are involved, including library-planning specialists McMillan Pazden Smith from Greenville.


To learn more about the construction and renovation plan, view a map and see a breakdown of the estimated costs, click hereResidents unable to attend a meeting can still send comments to

Charleston Library Adds Music and Film Streaming Services

Charleston County residents now can stream a wide variety of music and award-winning independent films for free through two online services available from Charleston County Public Library.

Anyone with a library card can enjoy the streaming services by visiting the library’s website – – and logging into either Freegal or IndieFlix on the site’s Downloadable Media page.

With Freegal, customers can stream three hours of music daily and download five music tracks to keep each week. This free music service offers access to approximately 9 million songs from genres including rock, hip-hop, top 40, pop, country, classical, reggae, jazz, blues, Latin and more through the Sony Music Entertainment catalog.

Fans of independent cinema can use the IndieFlix streaming film service to access award-winning shorts, feature films and documentaries, including some films shown at major festivals all over the world, including Sundance, Cannes and Tribeca. Users can instantly watch the thousands of films available from more than 50 countries and search films by language, genre, film length or country of origin. Customers can use the service on any Internet-enabled computer, smartphone or tablet with a web browser, along with Roku and xBox.

Access to streaming music and films is CCPL’s latest offering of free digital material available through the library’s website. Customers can download free eBooks, audio books and magazines plus enjoy interactive storybooks and online activities for children. So far this year, county residents have downloaded or checked out 200,000 digital titles from the library’s online services. The majority, approximately 60 percent, are free downloadable eBooks that people can read on their digital devices or computers.

For a full list of all the free digital materials available, check the Downloadable Media link on the left side of the library’s homepage –

Call for S.C. Artists at the Saul Alexander Gallery

The Saul Alexander Foundation Gallery of the Charleston County Public Library provides space for juried art exhibitions, solo or group, at the Main Library, 68 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401. The Library is seeking artists to present monthly starting in March of 2016! Preference is given to work reflecting experiences and viewpoints of South Carolina residents. 

Submissions to exhibit will only be accepted during September of 2015. The works of each selected artist or group will be exhibited for one month beginning in March of 2016. For more information, please email Sarah Burriss at

Applications, which must be included with an artist’s submission, are available online or by calling 843-805-6840.

Gallery Procedures:
The Charleston County Public Library offers an opportunity to South Carolina artists and craftsmen, who have been selected by a jury of local art professionals, to present their work to the public.

With the exhibition space serving as an avenue for the respectful exchange of artistic and conceptual ideas within a diverse constituency, these exhibitions should reflect the varied experiences and viewpoints of the people of South Carolina. The Charleston County Public Library Gallery Committee selects artists and craftsmen for inclusion in the exhibition schedule on the basis of the quality of their work and suitability for the space.

Submission Guidelines:
Artists must submit a current resume and 8 to 12 examples of their work in the form of photographs, CDs or other electronic medium appropriate for display to the Charleston County Public Library Gallery Committee. We recommend visiting the space prior to submission to determine the suitability of the space for your work.

Examples submitted must be representative of the work intended for display, and appropriately labeled with the artist’s name, the title, medium and size.

Artists must be at least 18 years old to be considered by the gallery committee.

The work should not have been previously exhibited at the library. Preference will be given to newly created works.

After the Charleston County Public Library Gallery Committee has met to select those artists who will display in the following year, those selected will be notified and assigned their exhibition month.

The director of the library has final approval for all exhibits.

For complete details on the Saul Alexander Gallery and artist application, click here.