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Do you have a Frequently Asked Question?

Odds are somebody has already asked! We've compiled a list of the most popular ones below. If you still can't find your answer, please contact us or call the library at 843-918-1275.

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Does my library card account expire?

Yes. Your library card expires so library staff can ensure your address, phone number and email are up to date.

  • Regular library cards expire after one year after you are issued it. Then once you update your registration it will expire after every 2 years.
  • Non-resident cards expire after 90 days or 1 year depending on the type purchased.
  • Guest computer cards expire after 6 months.

How can I renew my items?

If no one else is waiting for that particular item, you may renew it up to 2 times. You can renew your items by either logging on to your account through our website, coming in and asking to renew your items, or contacting Customer Service at 843-918-1275.

How do I get a library card?

Two ways: Come to the library and apply in person, or apply online for a "digital only card". Digital cards gain you access to our electronic resources, and can be "upgraded" to a real library card so you can borrow books and movies. For details on what is required, click on the link at the top of the page that says "Get a Card". Do apply online for a "digital only card", click here.

How many items am I allowed to check out?

The first time you use your library card you may check out 2 items. Once those items are returned your borrowing limits are expanded:

  • 30 Books
  • 10 Audio Books
  • 5 DVDs and/or 10 Magazines

What is my PIN?

Your PIN is the four digit number that you created when you were first issued your library card.

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Can I return materials to an Horry County library branch?

Yes. The County has a courier that comes by our library twice a week and delivers items back to us. Horry County does not have the ability to check in items from your account however. Items will still display as "out" until they arrive back at Chapin Memorial Library. Late fines accrued during the transfer time from the County to Chapin Memorial are subsequently waived.

How can I put items on hold?

Option 1: Speak to a library staff member and we can do it for you.

Option 2: Search our catalog online and find the desired item yourself. Click on "Place Request". Enter your library barcode number and PIN.

I lost my card. What do I do?

Contact us right away and we will stop the account. There is a $2.00 replacement fee to replace your card and any outstanding fines or fees must be cleared before a new card is issued.

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Can I reserve the main meeting room?

You would have to come in fill out a form regarding your organization and purpose for using the Meeting Room and then we can schedule a time on our calendar.

Does the library have a fax machine for public use?

Yes. Our fax machine is located at the Circulation Desk in Customer Service.The cost is $2.00 for the first 2 sheets, and $0.25 for each additional sheet per fax number. Faxes cannot be sent/received 30 minutes prior to closing.

Does the library have a quiet place to meet or study?

Yes, on the second floor in the Information Services area there are 2 study rooms available for public use:

  • Small Meeting Room - Capacity 6
  • Conference Room - Capacity 12

Rooms can be booked for 1 or 2 hour increments, with the option to extend based on availibility.You do not have to be a library cardholder to book a room. Please contact the Information Services Department at 843-918-1295 to check for room availibility.

Where can I park at the library?

As long as you are a full access card holder, we can give you a parking pass to park in library designated spots along the ocean side of the building (Chester Street) for FREE during library hours. There are also a small number of regular parking spots in front of the building, as well as handicapped parking. If you do not have a library parking pass or do not use the front parking lot, the City of Myrtle Beach uses parking meters in high-demand areas year-round. Information on parking meter payment options can be found here.

Does the library have any book clubs?

Yes, the library has several book clubs. "Chapin's Chapters" usually meets the thrid Tuesday morning of every month. Our "Evening Book Club" meets on fourth Thursday of every month. There are reading clubs for youth and young adults but the schedule varies. Please refer to our Calendar of Events for times and book titles, schedule conflicts and holidays. In addition, usually in late winter or early spring there is a shorter themed book discussion group called "Let's Talk About It" that runs for approximately 8 weeks. Watch our website for announcements.

When is the next book sale?

The Friends of the Chapin Library have books and other media available for purchase all year round. For more information click here.

Does the library carry tax forms?

No. The IRS and SC State no longer distribute paper tax forms to the library. In fact, it's been several years. Information Services staff however can print the forms you request for $0.15 a page.

Can I print from my laptop or phone?

Yes you can! The library has partnered with the PrinterOn service and they offer several methods for printing from mobile devices. All documents may be retrieved from the print vending station on the second floor of the library in the Information Services Department. Costs are $0.15 for black and white and $1.00 for color, per printed page/side. 

  1. Laptop or Desktop Computer - Upload your file(s) to our mobile print portal and follow on-screen instructions.
  2. By E-Mail - Forward your e-mail and/or file(s) to one of the addresses listed below. 
  1. Tablet or Mobile Device - Download the PrinterOn app for your cell phone or mobile device. Once the app is installed, search for "Chapin Memorial Library" in the app. Follow on-screen instructions.

Does the library have a scanner?

Yes we do! Our Library Document Station™ is located upstairs in the Information Services Department. This all-in-one, self-serve station enables you to scan documents, book pages, or photos, and convert them to PDF, JPEG, PNG or Microsoft Word format. The scanned files can then be sent to a mobile device, emailed, or copied to a user-supplied USB drive. The minimum fee is $1.00 which includes 10 scanned pages/sides. Once the minimum fee has been met, additional scanned pages are $0.10 each. Scanned files can also be printed out through our existing print payment system. Regular printing fees apply.

Does the library provide computer classes?

No, the library does not offer any computer classes in a traditional setting at this time. However, we do have subscriptions to free online training courses that you can take on one of our public access computers or learn from home. Our computers don't have speakers, but you can use your own earbuds to listen to the instructional videos.