Library Cards are dual-purpose. They serve as a Library Card for material checkout and allow you to use the Internet.
Obtaining a Library Card
Dorchester County Library's library card is free if you own property in Dorchester County or live in Dorchester or Berkeley County. Out-of-county cardholders 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) or download the form below, fill it out and bring it to a DCL facility. Proof of residency in Dorchester or Berkeley County is required. Acceptable forms of residency are a current SC Driver's license, current SC automobile registration, Dorchester County tax receipt, 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 18 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.
Using Your Library Card
A library card is needed for all library transactions. You can use your library card to check out books, listening tapes or videos, up to 25 items at one time. DVDs are limited to 5 items. Your library card number and personal identification number (PIN) can be used to place holds. The maximum number of holds placed per card is 10.
You are responsible for all borrowed material. A receipt with what you have just checked out and when you need to bring it back is available to print. We recommend printing your receipt as IT IS THE ONLY REMINDER you get for when your items are due.
All materials are free to borrow unless you don’t bring them back before the due date. Daily fines are charged for each item that is overdue.
Library Card Application