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Fines and Policies
 
Borrowing Limits |  Loan Periods |  Overdue Fines |  Lost and Damaged Items |
Collection of Overdue Items and Fines | Electronic Payment of Fees and Fines 
 Reserving Items |  Renewing Items | Returning Items
 

Library cards are free to Charleston County residents, business owners,
students, members of the military and employees of Charleston County.

Stop by any 
branch location to apply for your card. To receive a card, you
must present valid identification showing proof of your current address.
Applications for children age 11 and under require a signature from a parent
or guardian.If you
are a South Carolina resident living outside of Charleston
County, you can obtain a library card by paying an annual fee of $40.
Library cards are good for one year and can be renewed at no cost.

 

Borrowing Limits
Books............................................................................................  Unlimited

Musical CDs, audiocassettes, multi-media sets..........................
 Unlimited

Videos / DVDs / Blu-rays.............................................................
 10 per cardholder

Audio books on CDs .............................................................
 Unlimited

Downloadable eBooks/audio books............................................
 4 per cardholder

Reference or SC Room Items: 
These items cannot leave the library. You may check to see if the library owns circulating copies.

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Loan Periods
Books (includes juvenile, young adult, large print).......................... 28 days

New books.....................................................................................
14 days

Video tapes ....................................................................................
7 days

Audio book tapes / CDs ................................................................
28 days

Musical CDs....................................................................................
28 days

DVDs...............................................................................................
7 days

Downloadable eBooks/audio books................................................
14 days

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Overdue Fines
All CCPL materials are 20 cents per day, up to a limit of $5 per item. Interlibrary loans are 25 cents per day, up to a limit of $15 per item. Children’s materials checked out on children’s cards are fine free. Users with outstanding fines or overdue materials may not be able to use or renew their library card.

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Lost and Damaged Items
Library cardholders are responsible for the replacement cost of lost or damaged items plus a $5 processing fee to cover the cost of re-ordering and cataloging new items. A library card replacement fee is $2. Patrons must pay any fines or lost item charges on their account to renew a library card (every year for county residents and for non-residents). There is no fee to county residents for an initial Library Card or to renew, but the account must be up-to-date to renew. The replacement cost for media containers is $5; individual audio book cassettes or CDs cost $7.

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Collection of Overdue Items and Fines
Charleston County Public Library first tries to collect any overdue fines or materials by sending postcards or e-mails directly to patrons. Once an account becomes 60 days overdue and has a balance of $25 or more, it will be sent to Unique Management Services, a collection agency. Although the majority of patrons return items on time and in good condition, there are a few who do not respond to overdue notices sent by the Library. It is important to have these items returned so they can be available for other customers to use and enjoy. For more information and tips on how to keep your account current, read these Collection Agency FAQs.

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Electronic Payment of Overdue Fines
Patrons may pay fines and fees by credit card, debit card or PayPal account via the public library catalog. Payments may be made for an entire item fine or group of item fines or fees where the total exceeds $1.99. Partial payment of an item fine or payment of a fine less than $2 will not be accepted by credit card, debit card or PayPal account.

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Reserving Items
Patrons may have a maximum of 25 items on hold at any one time. Any circulating library item may be reserved. Reserved items will be held for 10 days at the  branch location you request to have your items sent. The library offers  e-mail notification for your reserve requests. Items can be reserved over the phone or  online by selecting the My Account link. To renew online, you must have your library card number and your 4 digit PIN. If you do not have a PIN, you can call any  branch location and have one set up over the phone. 

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Renewing Items
Two renewals per item are allowed unless there is a waiting list for that item. In the case of a waiting list, return the item and your name will go on the waiting list. Not returning the item will result in an overdue fine appearing on your library card account.

Items can be renewed in person, over the phone or  online by selecting the My Account link. To renew online, you must have your library card number and your 4 digit PIN. If you do not have a PIN, you can call any branch location and have one set up over the phone or online by selecting the My Account link.

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Returning Items
Book drops are available at all 
branch locations. To avoid damage to audio visual items, please return them to the Circulation Desk. Library materials may be returned to any Charleston County Public Library branch or the bookmobile. To avoid fines, the item must be returned by the date printed on the date due card or receipt.

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