The number of physical books held by the South Carolina’s 42 public library systems peaked at 9.6 million in 2010 and has dropped by more than 600,000 since then, according to the South Carolina State Library. The drop-off in physical book inventory wasn’t a uniform pattern across every library, though. Some smaller library systems like Horry County actually saw a slight net increase in physical book holdings. Beyond that, many librarians have been reconsidering their role in the community.
Charleston (S.C.) Post and Courier, Oct. 21