Oconee County Public Library, Oconee County, SC

About Us and FAQs


The Oconee County Public Library provides resources and welcoming places where people of all ages can understand how to find, use, and evaluate information, make informed decisions, know their community, and satisfy curiosity.

History of the Oconee County Public Library

The Oconee County Public Library was first established in May of 1948. The first library opened in October of that year in the old courthouse annex in Walhalla, SC. A bookmobile was also purchased and began operation in that same year. Between 1950 and 1953, branch libraries were established in Westminster (1950), Salem (1952) and Seneca (1953). In 1968, the Seneca Library was the first to have a building constructed specifically for library purposes. It was dedicated in October, 1968. Other new, purpose-built facilities were erected in Walhalla (dedicated October, 1979) and Westminster (dedicated September, 1979). The Salem Library, dedicated in May, 1981 shares space with the Town Hall. The Seneca Library, built in part with funding from the City of Seneca, became part of the county system in 1983, as well as undergoing an expansion at that time (completed in 1985).

The Future

As you can see, the OCPL has not built or expanded new facilities in some time…36 years to be exact! But libraries and library services are still vitally important to the communities we serve, and we will strive to continue to seek new funds and new ways of serving you!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for a Library Card?

How long may I keep items?

Do you have a Friends of the Library organization?

Who is on the Library’s Board of Trustees?

Are you hiring?

Other Important Information

Patron Code of Conduct

Full library policy manual: https://oconee.libguides.com/c.php?g=370376

Staff Directory

Director: Blair Hinson
Branch Services Librarian: Sue Andrus
Youth Services Librarian: Darcy Arnall
Volunteer Administrator: Janice Lovinggood

  • Hours

    M-F, 9:00 - 6:00; Sat, 9:00-1:00

    M-F, 9:00 - 6:00; Sat, 9:00-1:00

    M-F, 10:00 - 6:00

    M, 10:00 - 6:00; Tue - F, 9:00 - 5:00; closed 12 - 1 for lunch each day

    Internet is not available for final 30 mins (15 mins in Salem and Westminster) that the libraries are open.

  • Branch Locations

    Walhalla Library
    501 W. South Broad Street
    Walhalla, SC 29691

    Seneca Branch
    300 E. South 2nd Street
    Seneca, SC 29678

    Westminster Branch
    112 W. North Avenue
    Westminster, SC 29693

    Salem Branch
    5B Park Avenue
    Salem, SC 29676

  • Telephone Numbers

    Walhalla Library

    Seneca Branch

    Westminster Branch

    Salem Branch

    Alternate Account Access Link

    Bookmobile Information

    Contact us

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    Last updated 1/27/2023