Oconee County Public Library, Oconee County, SC

Library Updates

OCPL wants you to avoid coronavirus scams

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Check out this short, informative video from Marty Cline of Cline Financial Partners. She has created some programs for the library such as “Too Good to Be True,” about avoiding phone scams. Since we’re closed, we will post other short programs like this in the near future.

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Updated-LIBRARY CLOSES–Information about the coronavirus, COVID-19.

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Oconee County Public Library is committed to offering a safe workplace for staff and a safe place for our library users. At this time, ALL locations will be closed from Tuesday, 3/17, until further notice. Due dates will be extended and NO fines will be assessed in this period. Book drops will no longer be open to return materials (just hang onto them!) No holds will be cancelled.

Oconee County Public Library administrators are monitoring information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC), the South Carolina Governor’s Office and Oconee County Government Offices. We will be sure to keep staff and users abreast of any further updates.

Hearing a lot about the coronavirus, but not sure where to turn for information (instead of hype)? Check out the CDC’s site for more information:

image of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)


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More from SC Dept of Health and Environmental Control: https://scdhec.gov/health/infectious-diseases/viruses/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

Oconee County web site: https://oconeesc.com/

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Go fish!

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Westminster Branch now offers fishing gear and tackle!

According to the Visit Oconee Website, Oconee County is the place to fish. With over 90,000 acres of lakes and over 100 miles of rivers and streams, you can hook up with world class fish year round! The Westminster branch wants to make access to fishing a little easier.  Visitors and residents of Oconee County have the ability to borrow fishing equipment from the library for one week with the option for another one-week renewal.  A rod, reel, sinker, 3 bobbers, 2 hooks, and instructions on casting a fishing rod is included…the bait is not. You can find bait at local shops and gas stations.

Kids and teens under the age of 16 must have a parent/legal guardian sign a waiver. Everyone age 16 and older must have a valid fishing license.  (These are not supplied by the library.) Fishing licenses can be purchased from local verified sellers or on the SCDNR webpage.

Besides traditional fishing rods, the library also has a fly-fishing pole with flies, children’s fishing poles, and tackle boxes to borrow. To find out more information, contact Leah Price at 864-364-5760, or stop by the Westminster Library at 112 W. North Avenue in Westminster.

Westminster fishing gear and tackle display

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OCPL adds new resource for learning

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KnowledgeCity logo

The Oconee County Public Library is happy to announce the addition of a new online learning resource. KnowledgeCity features over 12,000 video courses on subjects like computing, business, finance, workplace safety and compliance. Check it out at our online link under “OCPL Digital Learning.” The site itself and many of the classes are also in Spanish. (Muchas de las clases también son en español.)

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Information about the Macmillan Boycott

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Macmillan Publishers has decided to end the embargo of library e-books at this time. We thank all of our users for their patience for the last few months, and we will begin ordering Macmillan titles for our OverDrive collection.

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OCPL announces new Youth Services Librarian

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The Oconee County Public Library is pleased to announce that we have a new Youth Services Librarian. Darcy Arnall comes to the OCPL from Blue Ridge, GA. She has a Master’s in Library Science from Valdosta State University. Welcome Darcy!

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Literacy Kits now at the OCPL

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In order to help parents find materials on their child’s reading level, the OCPL has created Literacy Kits. These kits contain multiple books in various reading levels, comprehension questions for parents to discuss with their children as they read, and hands-on reading skill games to boost understanding. Children can begin at any level and progress through all the kits and levels to improve reading fluency and comprehension. These Literacy Kits are available at all four library branches and on the Bookmobile. They can be checked out for four weeks on any library card.

Here’s a handy guide with more: https://oconee.libguides.com/literacy_kits

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Captain Underpants Underwear Drive a Success!

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From September 3 through September 30, all branches of the OCPL collected new underwear for donation to local aid agencies. Over 500 pairs of underwear were donated to help those in need!

underwear drive pic

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  • Hours

    All branches CLOSED until further notice, due to health concerns related to COVID-19.

    Regular Hours:

    Monday & Tuesday, 9-9
    Wednesday - Friday, 9-6
    Saturday, 9-1
    Sunday, 2:00-5:30

    Monday - Thursday, 9-8
    Friday, 9-6
    Saturday, 9-4

    Monday, 11:30-8
    Tuesday-Friday, 10-6
    Saturday, 9-1

    Monday, 10:00-12; 1-6
    Tuesday-Friday, 8:30-12; 1-5

    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

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    Last updated 03/27/2020