about lcpl


Our History


Originally housed in a small building on Main Street next to the Bishopville Opera House, the Lee County Library building was described as being "too small to be a barbershop." Over the next few years, the library struggled and moved many times.


The Board of Education entered into an agreement with the Works Progress Administration (WPA) to provide a county-wide bookmobile service. For the first time the citizens and school children of Lee County were provided books in a systemic, organized fashion.


Lee County built an attractive building on Dennis Avenue to house the library. Four years later, the library moved again to the Woodward Memorial Library building on the corner of Main and Church Streets. The building was donated by Mr. Hosea Woodward to memorialize his wife, Blanch Tarrant Woodward.


The building was completely renovated and a large addition was added.


With the arrival of the 21st century, the Library Board and Foundation opted for yet another move to meet the demands of an ever-changing constituency. The library moved into a library space that is unique for the State of South Carolina on the corner of Main and Council Streets in Downtown Bishopville. The ambiance of the exposed brick wall interior allows for a relaxed atmosphere that encourages browsing.


The Lee County Public Library joined the SC Lends Consortium. SC Lends is a group of 19 libraries across the state of South Carolina that share resources. By joining the SC Lends Consortium, the LCPL gave our patrons access to more than 2.9 million items available from 61 different branch locations.


From humble beginnings, the Lee County Public Library has grown to be an asset to the Lee County community as both a host and participant in diverse neighborhood events and cultural happenings.


200 North Main Street

Bishopville, South Carolina 29010


803-484-4177 (Fax)