Research and Access

We welcome inquiries from all users, regardless of affiliation. Researchers can get in touch with Special Collections reference professionals using the contact us form on our website. Staff are also available Monday – Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm via telephone (843-953-8016) and email (specialcollections[at]cofc[dot]edu).

Researchers can also explore collections via our Discovery Service, the Lowcountry Digital Library, or through various Research Guides


Visitors can access our Reading Room, located on the third floor of the Addlestone Library (205 Calhoun Street), Monday- Friday from 9:00am-noon and 1:00pm-4:00pm. Please note the reading room is closed to visitors from noon – 1:00pm every day. 

To enter the Addlestone Library, College of Charleston students, alumni, faculty, and staff must have their current CofC ID. All other visitors are required to register at the main entrance. Please note: a photo ID is required to register as a visitor.  More information for visitors is available at

In the reading room, guidelines for safety, order, and collections handling must be followed at all times.

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