Beaufort library picking up a used bookstore, 'express rental' program (update: open)

Friends of the Library

Update June 19: In a brief, The Island Packet reminds that the bookstore at the library is now open.

Details on the service can be found below.

First reporting: A smattering of big news over at the Beaufort County Library on Carteret Street: They're adding a bookstore that'll sell used books year-round and a new "express rental" program designed to keep the most interesting books rotating.

First on the express books: The idea is to "help the library get more copies of best sellers into their customers' hands and provide self-sustaining support."

There will be an initial rental period of four days at 25¢ per day that can be renewed in person for four additional days at the same rate. Customers with express books overdue by two weeks will be charged the cost of the book plus a processing fee, and express books must be returned to the circulation desk to avoid a $2 charge.

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On the bookstore: The Friends of the Library has been offered the former Beaufort District Collection room on the main floor of the library for use as a used bookstore on Tuesdays from 4 to 8 p.m. and Fridays from 1 to 5 p.m. starting on May 2nd.

(This room is also where they'll be holding the spring book sale on April 30th from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

They're looking for volunteers to help run the store; if interested, call Geni Flowers at 522-8605.