About Us


To champion literacy, inspire learning, and foster community connection


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


Fiscal Year 2022 Statistics

  • Over one million visits recorded.
  • 2.53 million items borrowed.
  • 55,205 new books and 7,959 audiovisual materials were added to our collection.
  • Approximately 1.29 million website visits occurred at www.greenvillelibrary.org.

More About the Library

  • There are 712,710 books and 146,620 audiovisual materials system-wide.
  • 231,195 individuals are registered borrowers.
  • The system offers 154 public computers with free internet access.



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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