About Us

Mission:

To champion literacy, inspire learning, and foster community connection

Vision:

To be Greenville County's first choice for exploration, discovery, and information.

 

Fiscal Year 2020 Statistics

  • 1.13 million visits recorded.
  • 2.77 million items borrowed.
  • 44,846 new books and 8,370 audiovisual materials were added to our collection.
  • Approximately 1.39 million website visits occurred at www.greenvillelibrary.org.
 

More About the Library

  • There are 719,967 books and 161,970 audiovisual materials system-wide.
  • 277,073 individuals are registered borrowers.
  • The system offers 298 public computers with free internet access.

History

 

The Greenville County Library System traces its beginnings to 1921 when the library consisted of some 500 volumes in a vacant store room on East Coffee Street. Thomas F. Parker, a local businessman and philanthropist who initially garnered community support for this public institution, served as Chairman of the Board. In 1923, Mr. Parker purchased a three-quarter-ton truck, and had it fitted with glass doors, thus introducing the first ever Bookmobile in the South to meet the needs of Greenville County's mill communities. Introduced into service on October 10, 1923, the Bookmobile has been making rounds throughout the county for nearly 100 years.

Today, the Library System has grown to twelve locations. And the Bookmobile makes weekly stops delivering books and fond memories. The Library remains dedicated to providing free access to materials, experiences, and resources to communities throughout Greenville County.

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