A Library Extension agency was established by the General Assembly in 1929 to assist towns and counties in the development of public libraries. There were no funds appropriated, but a State Library Board was created. Under the Works Project Administration a statewide library program developed from 1935 to 1943. The objective was to provide some form of public library service in each county of the state.

The Board became an official state agency in 1969, with duties to provide for public library development, library service for state institutions, service for the blind and physically handicapped, and library service to state government agencies.

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  • Collection development policy 

    South Carolina State Library (South Carolina State Library, 2021-11)
    This Collection Development Policy, along with companion policies, stands with our Strategic Plan and annual budget documents as critical management and decision making tools for the Library. Not only does it provide ...
  • New state documents list - June 2022 

    South Carolina State Library (South Carolina State Library, 2022-06)
    The monthly New South Carolina State Documents publication by the State Library provides a list of state documents published by state agencies that have been cataloged and added to the South Carolina State Documents ...
  • New South Carolina state documents April-May-June 2022 

    South Carolina State Library (South Carolina State Library, 2022-06)
    The quarterly New South Carolina State Documents publication by the State Library provides a list of state documents published by state agencies that have been cataloged and added to the South Carolina State Documents ...
  • More monthly newsletter 

    South Carolina State Library (South Carolina State Library, 2022-07)
    This July 2022 newsletter from the South Carolina State Library, volume 57, issue 7, features news and updates for the South Carolina State Library and other South Carolina libraries.
  • More monthly newsletter 

    South Carolina State Library (South Carolina State Library, 2022-06)
    This June 2022 newsletter from the South Carolina State Library, volume 57, issue 6, features news and updates for the South Carolina State Library and other South Carolina libraries.
  • New state documents list - May 2022 

    South Carolina State Library (South Carolina State Library, 2022-05)
    The monthly New South Carolina State Documents publication by the State Library provides a list of state documents published by state agencies that have been cataloged and added to the South Carolina State Documents ...
  • New state documents list - April 2022 

    South Carolina State Library (South Carolina State Library, 2022-04)
    The monthly New South Carolina State Documents publication by the State Library provides a list of state documents published by state agencies that have been cataloged and added to the South Carolina State Documents ...
  • More monthly newsletter 

    South Carolina State Library (South Carolina State Library, 2022-05)
    This May 2022 newsletter from the South Carolina State Library, volume 57, issue 5, features news and updates for the South Carolina State Library and other South Carolina libraries.
  • South Carolina 2021 notable state documents 

    South Carolina State Library (South Carolina State Library, 2021)
    Each year the South Carolina State Depository System awards notable publications that were released in the past calendar year.
  • New state documents list - March 2022 

    South Carolina State Library (South Carolina State Library, 2022-03)
    The monthly New South Carolina State Documents publication by the State Library provides a list of state documents published by state agencies that have been cataloged and added to the South Carolina State Documents ...
  • More monthly newsletter 

    South Carolina State Library (South Carolina State Library, 2022-04)
    This April 2022 newsletter from the South Carolina State Library, volume 57, issue 4, features news and updates for the South Carolina State Library and other South Carolina libraries.
  • New South Carolina state documents January-February-March 2022 

    South Carolina State Library (South Carolina State Library, 2022-03)
    The quarterly New South Carolina State Documents publication by the State Library provides a list of state documents published by state agencies that have been cataloged and added to the South Carolina State Documents ...
  • New state documents list - February 2022 

    South Carolina State Library (South Carolina State Library, 2022-02)
    The monthly New South Carolina State Documents publication by the State Library provides a list of state documents published by state agencies that have been cataloged and added to the South Carolina State Documents ...
  • York County Library System at a Glance 

    South Carolina State Library (2022)
    The South Carolina State Library created infographics containing information of each library system in South Carolina. The statistics include population, number of library visits, hours open, total number of cardholders, ...
  • Williamsburg County Library System at a Glance 

    South Carolina State Library (2022)
    The South Carolina State Library created infographics containing information of each library system in South Carolina. The statistics include population, number of library visits, hours open, total number of cardholders, ...
  • Union County Library System at a Glance 

    South Carolina State Library (2022)
    The South Carolina State Library created infographics containing information of each library system in South Carolina. The statistics include population, number of library visits, hours open, total number of cardholders, ...
  • Sumter County Library System at a Glance 

    South Carolina State Library (2022)
    The South Carolina State Library created infographics containing information of each library system in South Carolina. The statistics include population, number of library visits, hours open, total number of cardholders, ...
  • Spartanburg County Public Library System at a Glance 

    South Carolina State Library (2022)
    The South Carolina State Library created infographics containing information of each library system in South Carolina. The statistics include population, number of library visits, hours open, total number of cardholders, ...
  • Saluda County Library System at a Glance 

    South Carolina State Library (2022)
    The South Carolina State Library created infographics containing information of each library system in South Carolina. The statistics include population, number of library visits, hours open, total number of cardholders, ...
  • Richland County Public Library System at a Glance 

    South Carolina State Library (2022)
    The South Carolina State Library created infographics containing information of each library system in South Carolina. The statistics include population, number of library visits, hours open, total number of cardholders, ...

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