Clarendon County library receives national grant for small and rural libraries


$10,000 Grant Will Help the Library Work with Residents with Disabilities to Make the Library More Accessible.

Manning, SC — Harvin Clarendon County Library (HCCL) has been selected as one of 310 libraries to participate in round two of Libraries Transforming Communities: Accessible Small and Rural Communities, an American Library Association (ALA) initiative that provides community engagement and accessibility resources to small and rural libraries to help them better serve people with disabilities.
The competitive award comes with a $10,000 grant that will help the library become more accessible by adding automatic doors to the building. 
“We are so proud to be chosen for this opportunity,” said Library Director Holly Cockfield. “This grant will help us improve our services and ensure all of our patrons feel welcome and comfortable in our library.”
As part of the grant, HCCL staff will take an online course in how to lead conversations, a skill vital to library work today. Staff will then host a conversation with residents about accessibility and the use of grant funds to improve the library.
If you are interested in getting involved or taking part in the conversation, please contact Holly Cockfield at
Since 2014, ALA’s Libraries Transforming Communities initiative has re-imagined the role libraries play in supporting communities. Libraries of all types have utilized free dialogue and deliberation training and resources to lead community and campus forums; take part in anti-violence activities; provide a space for residents to come together and discuss challenging topics; and have productive conversations with civic leaders, library trustees and staff.
“Libraries Transforming Communities: Accessible Small and Rural Communities is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL).”