Founded in 1921, Greenville County Library System opened with 500 volumes in a vacant storage room on East Coffee Street. Today, we operate 12 library branches, a bookmobile and a website which provide free access to resources and experiences. The Library System continually strives to be Greenville County's first choice for exploration, discovery, and information.
The hub of our Library System, the Hughes Main Library in downtown Greenville, is just over 119,000 square feet (the second largest public library in South Carolina) and opened to the public in 2002. Our mission to champion literacy, inspire learning, and foster community connection means many things: public computers and WiFi; computer tutoring; one-on-one sessions with our Librarians; online job searching; expert Early Literacy teachers sharing stories and inspiring the imaginations of pre-schoolers at free weekly classes each week; meeting spaces where adults gather to learn and create; thousands of downloadable books, magazines, and songs; a South Carolina Room that houses a world class collection of historical records; and much more.
To be Greenville County's first choice for exploration, discovery and information.
To champion literacy, inspire learning and foster community connection.
- Total circulation of Library materials in the system was 3.29 million.
- There are 709,517 books and 161,741 audiovisual materials system-wide.
- 70,407 new books and 13,116 audiovisual items were added to our collection.
- 283,056 individuals are registered borrowers.
- Total walk-in visits to the Greenville County Library System was 1.62 million.
- The system offers 304 public access internet workstations.
- Approximately two million website visits occurred at www.greenvillelibrary.org.
The Greenville County Library System has established policies in support of our mission to champion literacy, inspire learning and foster community connection.
- ADA Grievance Procedures
- ADA Notice
- ADA Reasonable Accommodations Policy
- Appearances before the Board of Trustees
- Circulation Policy
- Code of Conduct
- Collection Development and Maintenance Policy
- Donations Policy
- Exhibits, Displays and Community Information Files
- Fines/Fees Policy
- Interlibrary Loan Policy
- Internet Use Policy
- Meeting Spaces Use Policy and Regulations
- Public Computer Use Regulations
- Public Photography/Recording Policy
- Public Program Presenter Policy
- Public Programs Policy
- Reciprocal Borrowing Policy
- Reference Service Policy
- User Registration Policy