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Consumer Information Guide

This guide will help you locate key sources of consumer protection and safety information available in the library and online. If you have any questions, email askaquestion@ccpl.org, call 805-6930 or stop by the Reference Desk.

CCPL has several books to educate consumers. Here is a quick list of consumer protection-related materials in our catalog, or you can search the catalog directly at


Consumer Reports magazine and Consumer Reports Buyer’s Guide - Many CCPL libraries have a subscription to Consumer Reports monthly magazine or receive copies of the annual Consumer Reports Buyer’s Guide. Contact your local library to check availability of these publications before your visit.



AnnualCreditReport.com is the official site to help consumers to obtain their free credit report

Provides free calculators and up-to-date interest rate listings for mortgages, consumer loans, credit cards, savings accounts, etc

Better Business Bureau in Central South Carolina and Charleston
Search for a BBB accredited business or check out past complaints about businesses in the Charleston & Columbia areas

Consumer Product Safety Commission
Locate product recalls and consumer safety information at this site

Register your phone numbers in the national Do Not Call Registry

Federal Trade Commission
The FTC offers consumer protection information. You can report fraud and identity theft to the federal government at this site

Kelley Bluebook: Cars
Look up the Kelley Bluebook value of new and used cars and trucks made in the last 20 years

SC Department of Consumer Affairs
You can find consumer information, look up licensed professionals for several industries, or file a complaint against a business at this site

Securities and Exchange Commission: Questions and Complaints
Use this site to report possible securities fraud or ask the SEC a question or report a problem concerning your investments or a financial professional

USA.gov: Consumer Protection Guide
Your everyday guide to help you prevent identity theft, understand credit and be a smart shopper.