South Charleston Public Library

312 Fourth Avenue • South Charleston, WV 25303 • Facebook:
PHONE 304.744.6561 • FAX 304.744.8808
Todd Duncan, Director

The South Charleston Public Library (SCPL) is an independent, municipal library which relies solely on support by the City of South Charleston, the State of West Virginia, private contributions, and funds received through daily operations.

Located near City Hall at Fourth Avenue and D Street, SCPL has served the citizens of South Charleston since 1943. Launched with donated books organized by a group of engaged community leaders, the library currently maintains a robust collection of print and electronic resources and materials, and provides technology access including computers, wireless internet, and printers.

SCPL library cards are available to area residents at no charge, and over 70% of South Charleston residents are cardholders. More than 500 patrons visit the library each day, where item borrowing and returns may be made inside the library at the circulation desk, and via a drive-thru window. We have Swipe N Clean for services for cleaning the library. Book and media drops are also available outside the main entrance on Fourth Avenue and next to the drive-thru window for after-hours returns.

SCPL cardholders are encouraged to utilize the library and access services including:

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The Corner Bookstore

90,000+ items to borrow/access
Online ebooks and audiobooks

Fishing Pole Lending Library
WV History and Reference Room
Youth Programs
Adult Programs
Internet Access
Community Meeting Rooms

Notary Services
Fax Services*
Passport Processing*
*fee-based services

The Youth Services department and summer library programs are led by professional librarians and staff members who have significant experience working with libraries and library users under the age of 18. SCPL takes pride in serving second and third generations of children and teens whose parents and grandparents enjoyed SCPL as children.

Adult programs include special interest performances such as murder mystery nights; cultural programs about famous people, regional groups, and organizations; and events focused on local authors. Efforts are made to procure copies of most titles on the current best-seller lists as well as award-winning movies and documentaries.

As a good steward of the environment and participant in the City’s recycling efforts, SCPL gladly accepts donations of new and used books, textbooks, videos, and music. A dedicated group of volunteers share their time and expertise to process donations and manage the in-house and online bookstore, The Corner Bookstore. Items sold generate funds which are returned to the library for the purchase of new materials.

SCPL facilities are ADA accessible and free, convenient parking is available. Reasonable accommodations and special services may be made available upon request.

Visit SCPL in person or online and let us share with you how “great discoveries start here.”

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South Charleston Public Library Service Reminders


As a new school year begins, the South Charleston Public Library (SCPL) Board and management team remind the community about continuing limitations to library services due to current COVID-19 health and safety recommendations.

The following guidelines remain in effect until otherwise posted:

  • Service hours are 11 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday.
  • Online library resources remain available 24/7 (
  • Holds may be placed on physical library items via online catalog ( or by phone (304-744-6561).
  • Drive Up service continues as the preferred method for holds pick up.
  • Return all library items to external drops at the front (walk up) or back (drive up) of the building.
  • The library building is open to members of the public with specific service and resource needs.*
  • All who enter the building are required to wear face covering over nose and mouth.*
  • Only 25 patrons are allowed in the building at one time.*
  • If possible, patrons are asked to visit the library alone to minimize potential exposures.
  • Patrons and staff must maintain social distancing guidelines of 6 feet.
  • Library furniture and equipment is rearranged and/or removed to meet current health and safety recommendations. Youth Services seating and activity areas are closed.
  • Public computer access is restricted, with a one hour limit. Each user is responsible for cleaning the keyboard, mouse, and area around the computer prior to use and accepts risk associated with working in a high-touch area.
  • Passport services are unavailable per US Department of State passport issuance status.
  • In-library programming and meetings are not scheduled. Public water fountains are closed.

*Staff will refuse entry or ask individuals to leave the building for non-compliance.

Youth Services programs will continue to be delivered virtually through Zoom, Facebook, and/or YouTube. Our website ( and social media (@scplwv) will have information about virtual events and online resources.

Important school-specific reminders include:

New materials to assist homeschool/virtual teachers and learners are available. Contact Youth Services and/or visit our catalog and social media for more information.

The library’s wireless internet remains accessible from outside the library building 24/7, no password needed.

Tutoring and study spaces remain unavailable due to occupancy and social distancing guidelines.

We continue to encourage short, purpose-focused visits to the library. Students with research needs may call or come in for one-on-one assistance finding information.

If students normally come to the library after school each day, parents must make alternate arrangements due to occupancy and social distancing guidelines.

As a library team, we realize these restrictions are far from ideal for all involved. Thanks in advance for understanding the challenging decisions being made to ensure library services for our community continue in a safe manner.

This information is subject to change and not intended to serve as a comprehensive document. All actions planned and
implemented will be done in accordance with then-current local, state, and national health and safety guidelines and
recommendations to ensure the well-being of library patrons and staff.

Questions may be directed to SCPL, 312 Fourth Avenue, South Charleston, WV, 25303;; or