Charleston Library Society

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Charleston Library Society

Contact Information



164 King Street
Charleston, SC, 29401

Telephone:[1]  843.723.9912  Fax:  843.723.3500

Hours and holidays:[1]  Monday-Friday 9:30 to 5:30; Saturday 9:30 to 2:00; holidays

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Collection Description

This is the third oldest library in America started in 1748. In 1778 most of the collection was destroyed, but has been rebuilt. This library has valuable newspapers from the 1700s, and Charleston city directories since 1782.[2]

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Alternate Repositories

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If you cannot visit or find a source at the Charleston Library Society, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Information for Visitors" in Charleston Library Society at (accessed 13 May 2011).
  2. Alice Eichholz, ed., Redbook: American State, County, and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 604. (FHL Book 973 D27rb). WorldCat entry.
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