This Month's Can't Miss Event

An advertisement for Harleston lands from the South Carolina Gazette, 3 May 1770

Harleston in 1770: The Birth of a Colonial Suburb
Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

The Charleston neighborhood known as Harleston Village traces its roots back to the late colonial era, when the Harleston family subdivided a verdant tract called "Coming's Point" along the banks of the Ashley River. Join CCPL's historian, Dr. Nic Butler, for a review of the neighborhood's early landscape, its suburban genesis in 1770, and its connection to the adjacent public green space that became known as Charleston's "Colonial Common."

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Driving Directions

From the North area:
Take I-26 East to Exit 221B, follow Meeting Street to Calhoun Street. Make a left on Calhoun Street and the Library will be on the left just past Elizabeth Street.

From Folly Beach and James Island:
Take the James Island Connector (Hwy. 30) to Calhoun Street. Follow Calhoun Street to the Library which will be on the left just past Elizabeth Street.

From West Ashley:
Take Hwy. 17 east towards downtown  OR take Hwy. 61 (Ashley River Road, becomes St. Andrews closer to downtown) east towards downtown and stay in the left lane to merge with Hwy. 17.  Move to the right lane and take the Lockwood Drive South exit. Stay in the left lane and take the Calhoun Street ramp. Follow Calhoun Street to the Library which will be on the left just past Elizabeth Street.

From Mt. Pleasant:
Take the Ravenel Bridge (Hwy. 17) to Charleston. Exit at Morrison Drive/East Bay Street and turn left (this will be Mt. Pleasant Dr. which will become Morrison Drive then will become East Bay Street). From East Bay Street, turn right on Calhoun Street. Follow Calhoun Street to the Library which will be on the right just past Alexander Street.

Main Contact Info

68 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Phone: 843-805-6930

Branch Manager:
Nancy Lupton

Hours of operation: 
Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday: 2 - 5 p.m.



Wi-Fi available?   Yes
Public Internet / Office workstations?   Yes
Color copying and printing?   Yes, $0.25 per page
Black & white copying and printing?   Yes, $0.10 per page
Public scanner? Yes 
Fax machine? No
ATM? Yes
Public meeting rooms available? Yes. See Book-A-Room.
Public Notary? Available by appointment
Parking? Parking garage on the ground floor is open during library hours of operation. Parking is free for the first hour and 50 cents per half hour after the first hour.


Mobile Printing

Learn more about mobile printing and see instructional videos on how to use our mobile printing service.


The Charleston County Library was established in 1930 and formally opened Jan. 1, 1931. It was first housed in the Charleston Museum building. Within the first two days, 400 library cards were issued, and 8,473 books were circulated by the end of the next month.

The library's services expanded rapidly, and the first library branches were opened in June 1931 to make library materials accessible to all county residents. At the end of the first year, the library had 9,705 members and circulated 77,459 books.

Over the next four years the library continued to expand. The staff felt that a separate building was needed, and the library moved to new quarters at 94 Rutledge Avenue that year.

By 1954, the library had outgrown the 94 Rutledge Avenue location, and a public campaign was launched for the construction of a new library building headquarters. A bond issue was put before the voters by County Council, and it passed with a large majority. A site was selected on Marion Square where the west wing of the old Citadel was located, and the new headquarters building opened its doors in November 1960.

On Sunday, Feb. 8, 1998, the library closed its doors at the 404 King Street address for the last time. A new library was built only a few blocks away at 68 Calhoun Street, and the grand opening was held Tuesday, April 7, 1998.