The Charleston Library Society, the third oldest private library in the United States, was founded in 1748. It is one of the few remaining private libraries in the U.S. today.
- Preface to Catalogue of the books belonging to the Charleston Library Society.
(Published by the Charleston Library Society, Charleston, SC: News and Courier Book and Job Presses, 1876.) This is a brief history of the Charleston Library Society from 1748-1876. The photo below is the building the Society used at the time the preface was published.
A section about the Charleston Library in The Libraries of South Carolina, by Mary Frayser. The Mary Frayser booklet is about the development of libraries in South Carolina.
Courtesy of Charleston County Library
Home of the Charleston Library Society from 1836 to 1914
This page created by Teresa Newman
Updated January 17, 2000.
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Board of Trustees of the University of South Carolina