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Borrower's Guide


Our Mission

The Sumter County Library is dedicated to the promotion of life-long learning. We believe that citizens of every age are important patrons of the Library. Through its Downtown library, community branches, and bookmobile, all residents shall be afforded access to authoritative information to meet their personal, educational, and professional needs.

Sign up for a library card today by downloading our Borrower's Application. Fill it out and take it to your nearest library location to obtain a library card with us!

Borrower's Application

Welcome to the Library!

Library Cards: Borrowers at the Sumter County Library, as well as patrons wishing to utilize the Library’s computer resources, must have a valid Sumter County Library card. Applications for cards are available at all library locations. The initial card is free to all Sumter County residents. Replacement cards are $1.00 for the first replacement and $5.00 for each subsequent card. You must notify the library immediately if your card is lost or stolen. Residents of Clarendon, Lee, or Kershaw Counties may obtain a card with no fee. All other out of county residents may obtain a card by paying a $20.00 annual fee.

Applicants must provide proof of residence: drivers license, utility bill, imprinted check, or automobile registration. In the event you cannot provide proof of residence, your card can be sent by mail. Your library card is valid at all library locations and may also be used to borrow materials at Central Carolina Technical College.

Children are encouraged to have their own library cards, but children under the age of 16 must have a parent or legal guardian sign their child’s application. Parents or legal guardians are responsible for materials checked out to the minor’s card. Proof of legal guardianship must be provided.

The Sumter County Library is part of the Palmetto Library Consortium and accepts card holders of other consortium libraries - Darlington, Dillon, Georgetown, Marion, or Marlboro Counties. The Consortium allows our patrons to have access to a much larger collection than any one library could possibly have by sharing the resources of all the Palmetto Library Consortium library systems. If another library within the Consortium has a book that you would like that is not located in the Sumter County library system, you may borrow it through ILL - interlibrary loan.

Library Materials

The Sumter County Library makes a broad variety of printed and electronic resources available to library users. These include:

* Bestsellers

* Fiction & Nonfiction * Large Type
* Audiobooks * Paperbacks * Magazines
* Playaways * WiFi Virtual Tour * Videos
* Music CDs * Newspapers * Cd-Roms
* Public computers and online databases * Used Books and other items for sale * DVDs

All materials at the Sumter County Library may be checked out for a two week period with the exception of non-circulating reference materials and newly released DVDs, which may be checked out for one week. Materials that are not on reserve for other patrons may be renewed by phone, on-line, or in person at any library location for an additional 14 days, except DVDs/Videos which may not be renewed. No materials may be renewed more than twice. Adult patrons may borrow up to 15 items total at each checkout – books, tapes, CDs, etc. Children may check out up to 10 items at a time – but you must be at least 18 to check out DVDs, Videos, or CDs. No more than 3 DVDs may be checked out at one time. No more than 25 items may be checked out to a card-holder account at one time.

There are outside book returns conveniently placed at all locations. Only Sumter County Library books should be placed in the outside book returns. Donations, DVDs, videos, magazines, audiobooks, CDs and interlibrary loans must be returned inside the library. Items returned through the book drops are subject to the same fines as materials returned inside each library. Additionally, materials may be returned at any Sumter County Library location, regardless of where they were checked out.

Overdue materials, with the exception of videocassettes and DVDs, are subject to fines at the rate of 15˘ per day per item from the due date. Videocassettes and DVDs are subject to fines at the rate of $1.00 per day. A maximum fine of $5.00 is charged for returned overdue items with the exception of periodicals and paperbacks for which a maximum of $1.00 is charged. No cardholder with overdue fines either: (a) in excess of $10.00 or (b) over 90 days old will be allowed to checkout materials until their account is cleared.

Library Services

Access to accounts: Patrons may access their account from our website by clicking on the "Catalog" link, selecting Log In and entering their library account number and a Personal Identification Number (PIN). You may check on your account status, reserve an item, renew books and other materials checked out to your account, or review your reading history.

To obtain a PIN, patrons must come into the library. No PINs will be given over the phone or by email. You may change your PIN at any time by logging into "Your Account" and selecting "Change Password." It will accept any alpha/numeric combination. If you forget your PIN, it can be reset at any of the branches of the library after showing proper identification.

Children’s Programming : The Sumter County Library provides programs and services for children from birth to twelve years of age. There are collections ranging from picture and board books for babies and toddlers to materials for older children. The Children’s Services Department also provides materials for parents and teachers, as well as bilingual materials in Spanish and English.

Additionally the Children’s Department provides Story-times for pre-schoolers throughout the year, an outreach program for children in daycare centers, an extensive summer program, as well as special events throughout the year. These are provided free of charge and are open to the public.

Computing Resources : The Sumter County Library provides Virtual Tour accessible computers in each of its locations. The Downtown Library as well as the branches are WiFi stations. Use of the Sumter County Library’s wireless network is entirely at risk of the user. The Library disclaims all liability for loss of confidential information or damages resulting from that loss. In order to use public access computers, you must have a current Sumter County Library card with no overdue fines either in excess of $10.00 or over 90 days old and be registered to use the computer. Patrons under 18 must have a parent’s or legal guardian’s signature to access the Virtual Tour.

In order to ensure equal access to all patrons, computer use may be limited to 30 minutes at a time and a two hour per day maximum.

No programs may be installed on the library computers, nor any settings altered. To attempt to do so will result in loss of computer privileges. Patrons may use flash or thumb drives for storage of material.

All copies made – intentionally or otherwise – are 15˘ per page. Mistakes by the patrons are still charged to them to recover the costs for paper and ink.

On occasion, the Library will offer basic computer skills courses to the public. These courses are designed to introduce individuals to computers, not ensure their proficiency. These courses are free and open to the general public. Check with the Reference Desk for the times and places of the courses.

More information is available in the Library’s Computer Usage Policy and Computer Use Rules and Procedures.

Inter-Library Loan : No library can own or contain every item published. Through ILL, however, the Library can attempt to borrow circulating materials from other libraries. While not all materials requested are obtainable, ILL helps make more materials available to library patrons. This material may be requested, picked up and returned at any library location. You must stay within the time-frame specified by the lending library. Interlibrary loan is available to cardholders in good standing. The Sumter County Library does not charge a fee for ILL, but any fines and/or fees charged by the lending library are charged to the cardholder. ILL materials should be returned inside any library location. A fee of .50 will be charged for ILL materials returned in the book drop.

Reference Services : The library has a fully staffed and knowledgeable reference department to assist in your information needs. Our reference collection consists of a broad range of titles. The Library also provides access to online databases such as Learning Express, Discus, and School-Rooms. In addition to on-site reference assistance, the staff is available by phone for brief reference questions or by email at: sumref1@gmail.com.

Meeting Rooms : As a service to the community, both the Downtown and Wesmark Branch offer a public meeting room. The Downtown Library has several smaller conference rooms as well. These areas are available to non-profit groups wishing to present programs or to hold meetings. The only criteria for use is that the meetings must be civic, cultural, or educational in nature and they must be directed to general public participation and free to all who wish to attend. If food or beverages are served, a $100.00 deposit is required. $50.00 of that is refund-able if there is no damage. Otherwise the room is offered at no charge. Reservations for the rooms are required and groups must review the meeting room policy and fill out a reservation form which may be obtained at the Reference Desk.

Reserves : If there is an item you would like to borrow that is currently checked out to another patron, you may place a reserve on that title and you will be notified when it becomes available. Reserves may be made in person, on the phone, or on the Library web site. To reserve a book on-line you will need your Library Card and a Personal Identification Number (PIN). If you do not have a PIN, a member of the Circulation staff will assist you in setting one up. Often new books will have an extended wait-ing list. If the Library does not own an item you desire, you may complete a purchase request form. Every attempt will be made to acquire that item if it is suitable for the collection. Always wait until notified by Library staff before attempting to pick up reserved items.

To make the Library a pleasant and safe environment for everyone,

please abide by the following:

Please turn all cells off or to vibrate in the library. If you must receive or make a call, please do so outside of the library.

Shirts and shoes are required when in the library.

Food or drink are not allowed in the library.

The Sumter County Library welcomes families and our youngest patrons. For safety reasons, however, children 12 and under may not be dropped off at the library. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

You must be prepared to present your card when checking out materials or using a public access computer.

Patrons may not use anyone elses’ library card to check out materials or access the Virtual Tour.


The Sumter County Library could not operate without the strong support of the community, and no element of our community is more productive, supportive, and generous than the Friends of the Sumter County Library. In addition to raising funds through memberships for programs and activities which are outside the normal budget, the Friends annually hold a Used Book Sale and help sponsor the Flickr. Both of these activities are highly anticipated community events. Membership applications are available at all library locations or online at our website.




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