A Dorchester County Library card can be obtained at one of our branch locations or from the Bookmobile. Library cards are free for Dorchester County residents, Dorchester County property owners, Dorchester District 2 & 4 teachers and students, and Berkeley County residents (through a reciprocal borrowing agreement).
To receive a card, you must complete an application and present current identification with proof of address indicating residence or property ownership within Dorchester County or Berkeley County. Teachers will be asked to show current proof of employment, and students will be asked to show current school identification.
With proper identification, a card will be issued and ready to use the same day. Cards for Dorchester County residents and property owners are valid for two years from date of issue or renewal. All other cards are valid for one year from date of issue or renewal.
Parents/Guardians are welcome to obtain cards for children ages 0-17. An application form must be completed for each child. The parent/guardian agrees to assume responsibility for all materials borrowed and for any fines or fees that are assessed on a child’s library card.
Fill out a Dorchester County Library Card Application and bring proof of ID to your library branch within 48 hours so that we can finish processing your new library card. Applications can also be completed in the Library.
Do you need online only access? Submit a Library E-card Application and get access to free digital resources such as downloadable audio books, eBooks, databases, and more!
|Media Type||Loan Period||Borrow Limit Per Card|
|New Books||14 Days||30|
|Hot Picks Books||14 Days||30|
|Audio Books||21 Days||30|
|DVDs & Blu-Rays||7 Days||10|
|Video Games||7 Days||3|
|Music CDs||21 Days||30|
|Early Literacy Kit/STEM Kit||21 Days||2|
|Guitars (St. George)||45 Days||1|
Note: Reference materials cannot be borrowed
Borrowers are responsible for the replacement cost of lost or damaged items. Please contact your local library branch for information on a lost or damaged item.
Beginning in January 2022, the Library will no longer charge late fees on overdue items.
Patrons may pay fines and fees by credit card, debit card, cash, or check at any library branch. Fines may also be paid by check or money order via postal mail. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept payments electronically or over the phone.
Payments of a fine or fee less than $1 cannot be accepted by credit card or debit card.
Call the branch that you borrowed the item from and ask to speak to someone about a returned item showing on your account.
You may place a reserve on any circulating item except Hot Picks books, and a maximum of 10 items may be reserved at one time.
The library offers a choices of phone, email, or text message notifications. This preference can be set up in person at any library branch with your library card and identification. Once you receive a notification that your item is available, it will be held for you for 7 days.
By logging in from the My Account link at the top of the Library’s website, you can manage multiple aspects of your library account. You can view a list of items that you currently have checked out, review your due dates, renew items that are eligible for renewal, place reserves on items, and view your checkout history (this feature must be turned on). A library card number and PIN are required to access the My Account feature. When entering your library card number, you must enter all of the numbers on the back of your card with no spaces. If you don’t know your PIN, you can click on the “Forgot your PIN” link or visit any library location to reset your PIN.
Free Wi-Fi is available at all Dorchester County Library branches 24 hours a day. Users must accept the online “Computer Use Policy” before using the service.
Dorchester County Library offers wireless printing at the cost of $.25 per page. To access this service, please ensure that your device is connected to the Internet. Within the Library, you may connect to our free Wi-Fi (DCL Wireless or DCL Wireless 2). This service is compatible with laptop computers, Android devices, and Apple devices.
Once connected, the wireless printing portal can be located here.
First Time User:
Uploading a Document
Printing a Document
*Documents stay within the portal for 7 days before automatic deletion. An expiration date for each document is provided
Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a service provided by Dorchester County Library to enable patrons to access non-fiction items that are not owned by the library. Libraries throughout the state and the country are contacted to see if any of them are willing to lend a particular item.
Some lending libraries charge a fee for ILL services. Any patron who requests an ILL will be allowed to decline the service if a fee is charged. If a fee is charged, library staff will discuss the fee with the patron before a final request is made. ILL fees must be paid before the item can be borrowed by the patron.
Charges will be assessed for lost or damaged materials. The cost will be determined by the lending library.
A late fee of $2.00 per day will be assessed for an ILL that is returned past the due date.
Government agencies, non-profit groups, groups providing educational programs, and community service groups are all welcome to reserve a meeting room.
Only library-related groups and other government departments and agencies may charge an admission fee or sell a product.
All meetings or programs must be open to the public.
The Dorchester County Library Meeting Room Policy outlines additional details for using a meeting room.
Yes we accept books and DVDs in good condition. We do not accept encyclopedia sets or VHS tapes.
Donations may be presented to the library by completing and submitting a Gift/Donation Agreement Receipt. Patrons may also contact any library branch and request to speak to the Branch Manager to discuss a donation.