The origin of the Five Forks Branch Library began with a plan set forth by the Greenville County Council in the early 1990’s. In 1993, the Greenville County Council approved an ordinance to replace nine existing library branches, replace the Main Library in downtown Greenville, and construct a new library in the Woodruff Road area.
In 2004, the potential for a new library location to serve residents in Greenville County’s southeastern area was affirmed when the Greenville County Planning Commission identified the Five Forks area as having a high need for a library branch based on population density and projected growth rates.
The property at the intersection of Sunnydale Drive and Woodruff Road was purchased by the Library System in 2013. Construction of the new branch began in 2016, and the facility opened March 25, 2018.