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What You Can Do for Free at the Library PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jimmie Epling   

100 Free Things at the Library!


When you think of what you can borrow, get, do, or use for free at the Darlington County Library System, what comes to mind?  Books, DVDs, and computers?   Right.   Good start.  What else?    Magazines, e-books, children’s programs, and maybe a few more things come to mind. What if I told you the Library offers 100 things you can borrow, get, do, or use for free in the Library or through our website (  Don’t believe me?   OK…here’s the list!


1.    A Library Card – the “Smartest Card”

2.    Relax in a welcoming atmosphere at all of our four locations, Darlington, Hartsville, Lamar, and Society Hill

3.    Introduce a child to new worlds through reading

4.    Prepare your preschooler for success in school by attending children’s programing 

5.    Find a best seller to check out

6.    Catch up on local current events through our hometown newspapers

7.    Check out the latest DVD

8.    Chat with friends

9.    Read the latest issue of your favorite magazine and check out back issues

10. Learn about Darlington County’s history in the South Carolina Room

11. Trace your family tree with and in the South Carolina Room

12. Get help answering your questions with the ultimate search engine – a librarian

13. Use the Wi-Fi or a public computer

14. Reference books and databases to complete homework

15. Sunday hours, 2-5 p.m., at the Darlington and Hartsville locations

16. Volunteer to help with children’s programs, especially the Summer Reading Program

17. Bring your preschooler to story time and meet other parents

18. Wiggle and giggle with your child at story time

19. Get picture books for storytelling at home

20. Hear an author speak about his or her latest book

21. Entertainment for you and your family

22. Request an item from other libraries and pick it up at your branch

23. Drop off an item from another branch to be returned

24. Check out books in large print for easier reading

25. See local artwork on display

26. A spacious public park at the Lamar Branch

27. Access your e-mail to stay in touch with the world

28. Search for a job, write and submit a resume, or complete a job application online

29. File for government benefits online

30. Check out an audiobook for that long drive you are planning

31. Write a paper, submit an assignment, or take a test for a class

32. Publicize your nonprofit organization’s programs and activities on the bulletin board

33. Donate your books, magazines, DVDs to the Library

34. Curl up in a comfy chair to read a book or use the Library’s Wi-Fi

35. Cool off in air-conditioned comfort with a favorite author on a hot summer day

36. Warm up with a good read during the winter months

37. Children can take Accelerated Reader tests during their summer vacation

38. Spanish language books for children

39. Read decades old back issues of local newspapers on microfilm

40. Find mystery, science fiction, romance, horror, Christian, and western stories to enjoy

41. Take in a free movie with your family

42. Join in teen programs

43. Join a book discussion group

44. Check your investments

45. Schedule a Library tour tailored to your group or class

46. Check out your favorite manga or graphic novels and anime films

47. Join other knitters and crocheters for projects

48. Study in a (relatively) quiet place

49. Reserve a meeting room for your group’s next meeting

50. Tutor a child in one of our small meeting rooms

51. Get recommendations on what to read from staff

52. Use Library resources to start a small business

53. Surf the web through our public computers

54. Open an e-mail account

55. Be notified by email when items you’ve requested are available for pickup

56. Check out language CDs and phrasebooks for that trip abroad

57. Children can read to therapy dogs at the Darlington Branch through the Paws to Read program

58. Unique Darlington County Library System bumper sticker

59. Request a speaker for your next club meeting to talk about the Library

60. Computers just for children

61. Free classes and lectures

62. Help in downloading e-books, e-audiobooks, and e-magazines to your mobile device

63. Charge your mobile device

64. Test proctoring

65. Access to the Library’s 24/7 Digital Branch (

66. Search the online catalog for hundreds of thousands of items you can borrow

67. Download thousands of e-books, e-audiobook, and e-magazines from anywhere

68. Access a special collection of children’s e-books

69. Learn a new language using Mango languages online

70. A one-stop webpage for Darlington County statistics

71. Find guides to help you trace your family tree

72. Use reliable, kid-friendly resources to do homework through DISCUS

73. Take a GED, ASVAB, SAT, civil service, certification, and other practice tests through Learning Express 

74. Take any of over 500 continuing education and recreational classes online through            Universal Class

75. Keep an item you have borrowed longer by renewing it online, by phone, or in person

76. One stop access to the Federal and state tax return forms you need

77. Read minutes from past County Council meetings

78. One stop online access to Darlington County maps

79. Keep up on the latest Library news though our Facebook pages

80. Find your school’s summer reading list

81. Find Accelerated Reader books for your child

82. Home school students can access hundreds of online resources and databases through DISCUS

83. Update your Facebook page

84. Signup for the Children’s Summer Reading program

85. Reserve items you want to borrow

86. Use Library resources to start a small business

87. Take free GED/Work Keys classes at Society Hill Library

88. Consult consumer guides to help decide which insurance, computer, or car to buy

89. Get repair manuals for thousands of vehicles through Auto Repair Reference Center

90. Learn English as a Second Language (ESL) though Mango Languages

91. A list of New York Times Best Sellers owned by the Library in each location and on Facebook 

92. Word of the Day on the Hartsville Branch Facebook page and

93. Word of the Week on the Darlington County Library System Facebook page

94. List of South Carolina Book Award nominees available at the Library

95. Welcome Baby Bags for parents of newborns at Carolina Pines Hospital in partnership with First Steps

96. Encourage small motor movements with puzzles for children

97. Use beginner phonic sets to encourage reading in your child

98. Figure out a great science experiment with our books and online resources

99. Borrow items that will help in your classroom.

100. Schedule a story time for your class or organization





































































































Last Updated ( Friday, 02 October 2015 )

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