Library Cards and Borrowing Materials

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  • Benefits of a Library CardSCPL Library Card

    • free access to check out books, movies, CDs, and more
    • free access to online databases such as DISCUS, Grolier, ReferenceUSA, HeritageQuest and more
    • free access to search the internet at the Libraries
    • access to downloadable materials and streaming services
    • access to materials from other libraries nationwide
    • the ability to request materials from your home computer
    • the ability to request meeting rooms for group and business meetings
  • How to Apply for a Library Card

    • Spartanburg County Public Libraries issues free cards to Spartanburg county residents. All card applicants must provide current proof of identity and residency. Applications for children under age 17 must be completed by the parent or legal guardian. The person signing and any additional cards they have signed for must be in good standing before any new cards will be issued. Library cards expire every two years. All fees and fines on the card must be paid in full in order to renew library privileges.

      What You Need to Bring

      • To receive a free full-privilege, resident card, you must show proof of current residence.
      • To be considered a permanent resident, you must live in Spartanburg county at least 6 months of the year.
      • A free library card is also available to anyone who lives in another county but owns property in Spartanburg County. Applicant must provide Spartanburg County tax receipt, proof of identity, and proof of current address. These accounts expire each year but may be renewed with proof of current tax receipt.
      • Acceptable identification and proof of residence:

        Current Picture ID with current address  OR Picture ID (with a non-current address)
        such as:   AND one of the following:
        South Carolina driver's license   Printed Checks with local address
        South Carolina Department of Highways ID
        *expired ID may not be used
          Rental Agreement
        Current tax notice
        Current Utility bill

      Non-Resident Cards

      • Non-residents, who own property in Spartanburg County, may also receive a free full-privilege resident card by showing proof of property tax payment within the last year. A new receipt must be presented each year.
      • Spartanburg County does have a reciprocal agreement with Greenville County which allows Greenville County residents to receive the same free card. The same requirements apply along with the requirement that the person’s Greenville County card is also in good standing. Greenville County resident cards are not permitted access to downloadable materials or streaming services.
      • Non-resident cards are issued for a fee of $35 per year. This entitles you and one other family member a non-restricted card for a period of one year. If more than 2 family members get a card, the charge for the additional cards is $10 per year. Applicants must show picture ID with their correct address. Non-resident cards receive full privileges including access to downloadable materials through Overdrive. *Greenville County residents may opt for a Non-resident card, with payment of $35 per year, in order to access materials through Overdrive.
      • Any child, from birth to age 16 years old who is not a resident of Spartanburg County, but resides in a neighboring county, may receive a free, restricted-use library card from Spartanburg County Public Libraries provided a parent or legal guardian signs the application, agreeing to be responsible for lost, damaged, and overdue materials. This card may be used for borrowing print materials related to school assignments, as well as age appropriate materials for recreational reading. The restricted-use library card may not be used for borrowing audio visual or other materials unless a note from the teacher substantiates that the material is for a bona fide school assignment.
      • College students who may reside in another county but attend one of the colleges or universities in Spartanburg are eligible for a restricted use College card. Picture ID, proof of address and proof of current enrollment is required. These cards are limited to 10 total items at any one time, including 1 movie, 1 music CD and 1 audiobook. Card holders may access downloadable books and other digital resources, but are not allowed to borrow through our ILL service. All College cards expire on August 1 of each year. Students can renew their privilege by showing proof of enrollment for the upcoming school year.

      Lost or Stolen Cards

        Please notify the library immediately if your card is lost or stolen. We will put a stop on the card effective the day you let us know. Anything checked out before that date will be your responsibility.

        Replacement Cards: Cards may be replaced for a fee of $1.25. You must show proper identification to replace a card.

  • User PIN information

    • What is a PIN?

        Every library patron has a PIN (Personal Identification Number) assigned to their account. This PIN, together with your library card barcode number, is used to access your library card account both online or through our automated account information line at 864-596-3515. You will also need your PIN to login to the public use computers in the library and to use our self-check machines.

      How do I get a PIN?

        Cards issued before 2003 were assigned a PIN of 9999. If you have not already changed your PIN, use the 9999 PIN when logging into your account. You may keep this number, or change your PIN to the 4-digit number of your choice.

        If you don’t know your PIN, call or stop by any library location. You will need to present your library card or provide the library card number. For your safety, you may be asked to show picture ID or confirm personal details on your account.

  • Material Loan Periods & Limits

    • Each user may have no more than 25 items checked out at any time.
      Material Type Loan period
      (in days)
      Limit per card
      Most books 28 up to 25
      Bestsellers 14 up to 25
      Magazines 14 10
      Recorded Books
      (CD, MP3, Playaways)
      28 6 total combination
      (CD, MP3, Playaways)
      Music CDs 14 10
      DVD/Blu-ray 7 6 total (limit 3 Blu-ray fiction discs & 1 Blu-ray nonfiction disc per card)
      Video Games 7 1
      Kits 28 3
      Government Documents 28 up to 25
      Interlibrary Loan Indicated on sleeve 4
  • Requesting Books and Other Items

    • Items that are checked out or located at another library location may be requested and sent to any branch in Spartanburg County for you. Requests may be made online, by telephone or at any service desk. We will need to know if you want to be contacted by telephone or email and will need the correct telephone number or email address to reach you. You will be notified by our automated system and have 5 days to pick up your request.

      Request Items From Home

        Each library card account has a PIN number attached to it to allow you online access. With this access you may search our database, check your own account, place hold requests on your account, access research databases and download digital books. If you do not know your PIN number we can give it to you using your library card number either in person or by telephone. You must have your library card number available to receive the PIN number. For your safety, you may be asked to show picture ID or confirm personal details on your account.

      Request From Another Library

        Interlibrary Loan is the process used to obtain materials or photocopies from other libraries when the materials are not available in the Spartanburg County Public Libraries system.


        All personal information is used only by the library. We do not give out any information to outside agencies. Only the patron or responsible adult in the case of a minor is allowed access to the library card account. This information includes what is checked out, on hold, or the account’s PIN number.

        For more information, see our Privacy Statement and our Confidentiality of Library Records Policy.

  • Renewing Books and Other Items

    • Items may be renewed for two additional loan periods. If the item has holds on it, it may not be renewed. The renewal may be requested in person, online, or by telephone. In order to avoid late charges, the renewal must be requested by the due date.

      Materials may be renewed by logging in to My Account

  • Returning Books and Other Items

    • Where to Return

        Items may be returned to any branch location in Spartanburg County. All branches have both an inside and outside drop box for returning items. The outside drop at Headquarters is a drive-thru located in the service driveway on the lower level. The service driveway is located off of Kennedy Street. The Westside Library also has a drive-thru window for returning items and picking up previously requested materials.

      Damaged Items

        Damaged items may have partial or total damage. Partial damage indicates that the item can still be used. Totally damaged items are no longer able to circulate. Items returned with damages will be billed to the users account based on the extent of the damage. Users will be notified of the damage and items will be held for 5 weeks for the user to view the damage.
  • Fines & Fees

    • Overdue fees are as follows:
      Item Type Bill per Day Grace
      Maximum Charge
      per Item
      Videos and DVD $1.00 2 days $5.00
      All other Items 15 2 Days $5.00
      Items must be returned during the grace period to avoid fines. On the 3rd day, the user will be charged for all 3 days. The account balance must be at $10 or less in order to check out. Users will be notified of overdue items by their preference for phone, email, or text.
  • Change of Name, Address, or Telephone

    • Please notify the library if your name, address or telephone number changes. You may contact any library location. We can only contact you based on the information you have given us.