About the South Carolina Room

The South Carolina Room houses a non-circulating collection of books, maps, microfilm and other research materials on the second floor of the Main Library, located at 68 Calhoun Street in downtown Charleston, SC. Our mission is to collect, preserve and provide access to materials that focus on the history and genealogy of South Carolina, with special emphasis on Charleston and the Lowcountry.

The Collection

Our collection includes books, microforms, maps, clipping files and research databases that span more than 300 years of South Carolina history. Our resources can help you:

  • Conduct historic property research
  • Locate vital records for your ancestors
  • Research SC military service records from the American Revolution and the Civil War
  • Begin a genealogy project
  • Research your book on local history

The South Carolina Room serves as a reading room for The Charleston Archive, which focuses on the public history of the Charleston area through the collection and preservation of unique manuscripts and images, as well as rare books and other print materials about the political, economic, cultural and topographical history of Charleston. 

The South Carolina Room is also home to the Charleston Time Machine, a special project by CCPL historian Dr. Nic Butler that highlights the history of the Charleston area. Dr. Butler uses colorful stories and facts about the history of Charleston as a means to educate, inspire, amuse and even amaze his podcast listeners and program attendees. 

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Contact the South Carolina Room

South Carolina Room staff are available to answer questions and provide assistance with genealogical research. If you are planning a research trip to the South Carolina Room from out of town, please contact the department prior to your visit so that staff may prepare appropriate materials to guide your research endeavors.

Mailing Address:
South Carolina Room
Charleston County Public Library
68 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Telephone: 843-805-6956
The staff of the South Carolina Room cannot return long distance calls outside the continental United States.

Email: [email protected]
Please review the guidelines to request genealogy information prior to submitting your request. The guidelines are featured within the Genealogy section linked above.

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