Dorchester County Library wants locals' input on library's future

Dorchester County Library wants locals' input on library's future

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Dorchester County Library is holding a series of public meetings this week to hear what residents' want to see in their local library system.

"Right now we're in the stages of gathering the community's input of what they'd like to see," Pinky Harriott, business manager of Dorchester County Library, said. "We want to hear from kids, parents, educators, business people. We want to know what they want. What they like, what they don't like how much they like the facility where we are currently, how much they'd like to see other facilities."

Library representatives said the growing population in Dorchester County and residents' input are prompting them to take a look at the existing branches and how they serve the community's needs.

Right now, only two locations serve the county.

"We have two locations, one in St. George and one in Summerville," Harriott said. "We have nothing in between," adding that's why library officials are holding a meeting at Woodland High School. "It's kind of in the middle of Dorchester. If community members would like an additional facility there at some point, this is the time to come out and voice your opinion."

The county's library system has seen an increase in circulation, the amount of times items are checked out of the library, in the past year. In 2014,  total circulation for the entire library system was 654,170. 2015 was 684,298.
Summerville Patrons make up about 86% of the 2015 total circulation (588,496). There was also a total of 91,542 registered library card holders in Summerville last year. The total registered card holders are 103,521, for both branches.
Some Summerville residents have already sent in suggestions for the Old Trolley Rd. location, ranging from building a larger facility to creating an expanded children's section. Others suggested better parking should be a top priority.

Residents interested in sharing their suggestions for improvements are invited to one of six public meetings held this week:
Jan. 26: 4-6 p.m., St. George Library (506 N. Parler Avenue, St. George)

Jan. 27: 3:30-5 p.m., River Oaks Middle School (8642 River Oaks Dr., N. Charleston)

Jan. 27: 6-8 p.m., County Council Chambers (500 N. Main Street, Summerville)

Jan. 28: 3-4:30 p.m., Woodland High School (4128 Hwy 78, Dorchester)

Jan. 28: 6-8 p.m., Ridgeville City Hall (105 School Street, Ridgeville)

Jan. 30: 10 a.m. to noon, Summerville Library (76 Trolley Road, Summerville)

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