About SCLA

SCLA President Jimmie Epling

Welcome to the homepage of the South Carolina Library Association (SCLA). Begun in 1915, The South Carolina Library Association was established on October 27 of that year when fourteen librarians and library supporters met at the University of South Carolina Library and voted unanimously to form the new group.

We are a state chapter of the American Library Association (ALA) and an affiliate of the Southeastern Library Association (SELA). The association is made of librarians from all around our state South Carolina dedicated to providing innovative services and promoting libraries and intellectual freedom to all our citizens including the public, as well as those in higher education and in our schools.

Contact us to learn more and find out how you can get involved.


Meeting Dates

SCLA 2018 Leadership Retreat

Saturday, January 27, 10 am - 4 pm
USC Thomas Cooper Library, Room 204, 1322 Green St, Columbia

The Leadership Retreat is for officers of SCLA Sections, Round Tables, Committees, and Interest Groups.  If not all officers can attend, please do your best to ensure that someone is available to represent your group. 

Board of Directors Meetings


  • Thursday, April 12; 9:30-noon
  • Tuesday, June 19; 9:30-noon
  • Thursday, August 9; 9:30-noon


Richland Library North Main, 5306 North Main St, Columbia

Board of Directors meetings include the Chairs of SCLA Sections, Round Tables, Committees, and Interest Groups.  If the Chair cannot attend, please send another officer or member designee.

Meeting Minutes


Officer Guide