Library Cards are dual-purpose. They serve as a Library Card for
checkout and allow you to use the Internet.
County Library's library card is free if you live in Dorchester or
Berkeley County. Out-of-county
residents are required to pay a $35.00 annual fee. To obtain a library card, go to your
nearest Dorchester County Library and fill out an
application form (or ask your parent or
guardian to fill it out). Proof of residency in Dorchester or
Acceptable forms of
residency are a current SC Driver's license, current SC automobile
registration, SC non-driver's Identification Card, latest utility bill
or signed lease agreement (within 60 days).
If you are 0-17 years
old, your parent or legal guardian must agree to apply for a personal
library card and accept responsibility for any materials borrowed or
fines accrued on your card.
If you are
years old, you can sign your own form, but you must have
identification showing your address and birth date.
When you receive your
library card, sign your name on the back and keep it in a safe place.
can use your library card to check out books, listening tapes or videos.
You may check out
up to 25 items at one time but no more than 5 audio books, 5 videos/DVDs, or 5 music CDs. The
library also limits you to only 6 books on any one subject or by any one author. This way
more people get a chance to check out something they want. Your
library card number and personal identification number (PIN) can be used
to reserve material. A maximum of 10 items may be requested at one
time, per card.
The person at the
Check-out desk will use a laser scanner to read the bar code on your library card and the
book, tape, video or music CD. Everything you are checking out is recorded in the computer
and you are responsible for all borrowed material. A printout receipt with the due date will be given to you. It is a record of what
you have just checked out and when you need to bring it back. : Put it in a good place like on your fridge
or calendar to help you keep track.
When you have
finished with the things you checked out, bring them back and check out some more.
Its free unless you dont bring them back before the due date.
Fines & Fees
If items are returned late,
fines will be assessed against the patron's account.
Most materials lend for 21 days, with a
25 item inclusive limit of:
- 5 Videos/DVDs per card / 7 day
5 Music CDs per card
/ 7 day loan
- 5 Audios per card / 14 day
- New Books & Best-Sellers / 14
- 6 per author/subject/title per
Adult materials -
$.20 per day to a
maximum of $10.00 for each item.
- $.20 per day to a
maximum of $10.00 for each item.
Long Overdue, Damaged or Lost Material
Replacement cost, overdue
non-refundable administrative fee per item.
Administrative fee amount set by owning library
~ Materials & Overdue Fines Recovery
What happens when your items are:
First notice from the library - Email only.
2 Weeks Overdue?
Second notice from the library - Email or telephone notification
if no Email address
30 Days from the due date?
The library assumes you have lost materials - Telephone notification
60 Days Overdue?
In addition to the
existing overdue fines, your library account is charged
the replacement cost of materials and a non-refundable
administrative fee per item.
The library forwards your account to Unique Management (UM), a
materials recovery agency, and the library account is charged
$10.00. UM sends three letters and calls you twice.
180 Days Overdue?
Replacement cost and fines must be paid and items may not be
181 Days Overdue?
UM reports your overdue account to a credit bureau.
~ Thank You For Visiting! ~