Surprise from Uncle Sam?

Were you in for a big shock on your taxes this year? Many people were stuck with lower returns and even owing money when they never did before.

Use the IRS Withholding Calculator to determine whether you should have more money withheld from your paycheck.


Better than Dr. Google

Healthy employees make healthy businesses.  And don’t get your health information from just anyone.  Spartanburg County Public Libraries offer access to health databases containing a wealth of information, including articles (both consumer and research oriented); encyclopedias and reference books; videos, images and diagrams; drug information, and more. Access is free to SCPL library card holders. Find it at, click on Learning Tools, and then select from the following:
  • Consumer Health Complete
  • Alt HealthWatch
  • Health Source: Consumer Edition
  • Health Source: Nursing/Academic
Please call us at 864-596-3505 for additional assistance.

Health Insurance for Small Businesses

Are you a small business employer wanting to provide your employees with health insurance?  The Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) is the name of the small group health insurance exchange that the federal government established in South Carolina.  Small employers that purchase health insurance through the SHOP may be eligible for federal tax credits under federal eligibility criteria.  For more information, please visit or call the SHOP call center, 1 (800) 706-7893, which is available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.



Free Income Tax Assistance

Income tax assistance is available at your Spartanburg County Public Libraries. It is provided by VITA through Impact America/Wofford and The United Way of the Piedmont. Upcoming sessions are below.

  • Headquarters Library, Harley Room–By appointment only, call 844-448-2972. Assistance available to individuals and households earning an annual household income of $55,000 or less.
    March 15: 11am-4pm
    March 20: 11am-4pm
    March 22: 11am-4pm
    March 27: 11am-4pm
    March 29: 11am-4pm
    April 3: 11am-4pm
    April 5: 11am-4pm
    April 10: 11am-4pm
    April 13: 9am-3pm
    April 15: 11am-4pm

  • Branches–please call 582-2975 for appointments. Assistance is available to individuals and families earning an annual household income of $60,000 or less.
    Pacolet Library  March 15: 10am-4pm
    Inman Library   March 15: 10am-4pm
    Chesnee Library  March 22: 10am-4pm
    Cyrill-Westside Library  March 23: 10am-4pm
    Inman Library:  April 5: 10am-4pm
    Cyrill-Westside Library: April 6: 10am-4pm

  • A drop-in session will be held by the United Way at the Headquarters Library in the Harley Room on Friday, April 12 from 9am-5pm. This assistance is available to individuals and families earning an annual household income of $60,000 or less.


SBA Small Business Resource Day

Sponsored by the Spartanburg Small Business Development Center, this free workshop has been designed for small business owners who want to connect with the counseling, capital and contracting resources of the Federal Government.

The workshop will cover the SBA’s community services (SBDC and SCORE), financing programs, federal contracts and disaster recover programs.

Free, but participants must register by calling Beth Smith at 592-6318.

Thursday, March 14
9:00 am to noon
Hoechst-Celanese Room
Headquarters Library–151 S Church St.

New York Times Business Best Sellers

January is the perfect time to catch up with your reading. Check out the following New York Times business best sellers for January. All available at SCPL.

  1. Leadership by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  2. Dare to Lead by Brene Brown
  3. Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
  4. Atomic Habits by James Clear
  5. Principles by Ray Dalio
  6. Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink
  7. Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
  8. The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines
  9. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  10. Grit by Angela Duckworth




Morningstar Investment Research Center

Want to be a more educated investor? Your SCPL library card gives you free access to this valuable resource. Here you can get comprehensive financial information on thousands of stocks and mutual funds, plus more.

Start at the libraries’ home page:, select “Learning Tools” and then select “Morningstar Investment Research Center”.  (Choose the appropriate link depending on whether you’re logging in from home or at the library.

Please call our Reference Desk for assistance or more information at 596-3505.