|The Libraries of South Carolina
by Mary Frayser
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Attention is called to four types of limitations which Table 3,
reveals. First, there are libraries
whose volumes are too few for the populations of their locations. Second, there are libraries
seen to be in danger from expansion of service to comparatively large, numbers and areas before
their resources warrant it. Third, there are counties in which there are several small independently
functioning libraries which for more efficient and economical operation should be consolidated into
one, county library system. Fourth, there are small book collections in charge of volunteer
librarians, which are open only to subscribers and to them for only a few hours a week.
The hours when the 56 libraries are open vary. Only 23 report "open daily" except Sunday,
and some of this number are open for only a few hours daily.
Thirteen of the libraries of the state are catalogued, six others are partly catalogued.
There are 32 libraries and book collections serving the public which are not catalogued; from two
information is lacking; one is closed; and the books of two others are stored. Cataloguing is one
indication of the trained librarian; more efficient library service is possible when the volumes
are catalogued. The libraries with book provision and income approaching adequacy are usually,
though not invariably, those which are catalogued. Neither book provision nor income of any public
library or book collection in South Carolina comes up to the standard set by The American
Adequate information concerning the training and amount of salaries of the librarians is
not available. Both are known to be subject to wide variations. The salaries of librarians serving
the libraries and book collections with precarious support are exceedingly small. Some librarian
service is by volunteers without pay. In some instances those in charge are untrained.
Twelve of the book collections are housed in buildings which are owned by the libraries,
28 are located in buildings owned by municipality, district, or county, and six in buildings owned
by the clubs which sponsor the book collections. Two occupy donated quarters and three rented
quarters. For two information is lacking; one collection is closed; and the collections of two
counties are stored. It is clear that the public profits by the housing of libraries in buildings
designed for reading room and loan service which are permanent quarters for the collections. In
some states the public library building is found to be one which is almost as invariably a part
of recent county or municipal planning and provision as is the school house.