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South Caroliniana Library

The South Caroliniana Library is one of the premier research archives and special collections repositories in South Carolina and the Southeast region. The library's holdings are essential to the understanding of South Carolina and Southern culture over the past 300 years.

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Research Access

Library staff are happy to discuss digitizing materials for remote access; however, if an in-person appointment is required please contact the library at least 3 business days in advance, either via email or by calling 803-777-3132. 

Appointments are generally scheduled Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a break at noon. Additional research hours may be available upon request.


Access Our Collections

As our building undergoes renovations, all materials must be requested in advance. The tools below can help you find what you're looking for. Learn more about our collections.


Using Our Collections

In addition to following any special handling instructions provided by staff:

  • Patrons must register with a photo ID once per academic year
  • Backpacks and other personal items must be placed in lockers
  • No pens, food, beverages or personal scanners
  • Personal cameras without flash are permitted with staff approval

Reproduction Policies

Reproductions are for personal research only. They may not be added to the holdings of another institution or repository. Quality is based on the condition of the original materials. Copies are purchased at the risk of the requester.

Users at a distance may request reproduction services by calling or emailing Applicable fees will be charged in advance.

Classes, Instruction, and Research Consultations

Faculty and instructors are encouraged to contact Edward Blessing ( if they would like to discuss classroom instruction opportunities or the digitization of collection materials for use in course instruction. We are committed to offering livecasting options and developing short videos of select materials for course delivery via BlackBoard and other content management systems, and will work with you to tailor the presentation to the needs of your class.

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