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The Charleston Library Society

Jan 15, 2014 • By Places Real Estate • 0 Comments

Library Society

Not surprisingly, one of only seventeen membership libraries across the nation is located on King Street in downtown Charleston.  The Charleston Library Society is a rare treasure and a testimony to the importance placed upon knowledge and cultural enrichment in the Holy City over past centuries and into today.


From its inception over 260 years ago, the Charleston Library Society has been a cornerstone of intellectual and cultural life in Charleston. Today it is a center for scholarly research, a modern lending library, and an oasis of calm in the middle of Downtown Charleston.  – (http://www.charlestonlibrarysociety.net/)

The dramatic ginkgo flanked entry stairs, the black and white checkered floor, the grand piano and that unmistakable smell of old books transport you to another time when libraries served as a gathering place as well as a house of knowledge.  This classic library setting is the ideal home for the rare finds included in the library’s collections.  If you are nostalgic for the card catalog and the Dewey Decimal System, you can get your fix here as you pursue the boundless collections.  For the more tech-savvy, don’t worry, you can also explore the collections online.

The library’s history is as fascinating as its contents.  Established December 28th, 1748 by seventeen young gentlemen of various trades and professions wishing to avail themselves of the latest publications from Great Britain, the Charleston Library Society paved the way for the founding of the College of Charleston in 1770 and provided the core collection of natural history artifacts for the founding of the Charleston Museum (the first in America) in 1773. – (http://www.charlestonlibrarysociety.net/)

All are welcome to visit the library and members have additional programming available.  Special music and speaker series events among others abound for members.  Another perk of membership – member’s have access to all seventeen membership libraries across the nation from Newport to New Haven to New York to Philadelphia to San Francisco and La Jolla, just to name a few of cities that are home to these historic treasure-troves.  Learn more about becoming a member of the Charleston Library Society here.

6 Legare Street is just a short walk from the Library Society.  Click here to learn all this stately downtown Charleston home has to offer and to schedule a showing.


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