This Month's Can't Miss Event

Piccolo Spoleto Events
School groups are granted priority access to 9:15 a.m. performances; please plan accordingly. Call 843-805-6893 for more program details.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Tuesday, May 29 at 9:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m., and 12:15 p.m.

Weber State University (Utah) presents this charming adaptation of “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” featuring live music and puppets. Discover the adventures of a curious rabbit as he dares to explore Mr. McGregor's garden.

College of Charleston Opera: Billy Goats Gruff
Wednesday, May 30 at 9:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m., and 12:15 p.m.

The College of Charleston Opera, under the direction of David Templeton, presents a fractured adaptation of the classic Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale. Set to the music of Mozart and Donizetti, the three billy goats are faced with a challenge when a bully will not let them cross the bridge. Discover how the goats teach the bully a lesson in this hysterical and popular production.

Vivaldi's “Four Seasons” Ballet
Thursday, May 31 at 9:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m., and 12:15 p.m.

Join ballerina and College of Charleston dance professor Michelle Ramos for a dance tale of the seasons: winter, autumn, spring and summer. Experience the beauty of each time of the year in a friendly story told by words and dance, accompanied by the music of Master Composer Anonio Vivaldi.

See all of the events happening this month.

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.



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.