Charleston Library Society


The Library Today

They currently locate the Library at 164 King Street. They constructed the present building in 1914. The Library has occupied it since then. The gate and fence across the back property line were formerly at the William Aiken House at 456 King St. They think that Christopher Werner made them.

The Library is a full service library. Its noteworthy collections include the following: Ross, Hinson, Legare, Courtenay, Frost, and Timrod. These collections consist of rare books, periodicals, manuscripts, clippings, maps, directories, and almanacs dealing with South Carolina, Charleston and the South. It has one of the most used sources of original newspapers beginning in 1732.

Membership subscriptions are available for an annual fee. The Charleston Library Society is a subscription library and receives no tax support. They bill members annually according to the month joined.

The Library is open six days a week: Monday through Friday, from 9:30a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. They are closed during holidays and hurricanes. The open hours are subject to change.

For information contact them at:

The Charleston Library Society
164 King Street

Charleston, South Carolina 29401

(834) 723-9912

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