Beaufort County Library system consists of five branches and a traveling bookmobile that serves approximately 183,000 citizens on the coast of South Carolina. The population is unique because it includes several military bases such as the Marine Corps Air Station, the Parris Island Recruit Depot (USMC) and the Naval Hospital. The USMC offers two military libraries that are located on-base. Although the USMC libraries do serve as the main libraries for military personnel and their families, many military families live out in town and use the Beaufort County Library system as well. Beaufort County is also a popular tourist destination; during the summer months, the population can grow to 250,000, resulting in the need to serve a wider range of patron needs.
To keep up with the demand for electronic content, the library system wanted a digital magazine platform that was cost effective, easy to use and offered a wide variety of content. Flipster®stood out from competitors such as Zinio because it offered popular magazines that patrons were already reading in print, the pricing was easy to understand, and the platform was backed by EBSCO, a vendor with which the Beaufort County Library was already familiar as a subscriber of NoveList® and LibraryAware™.