Summer 2021 Research Services and Reading Room Access

Access to the Special Collections and South Carolina Historical Society Archives Reading Room

The Special Collections and the South Carolina Historical Society Archives Reading Room continues to operate by appointment only. In addition, all visitors to the reading room are required to wear a mask for the duration of their stay. Appointment options and procedures may change as institutional policies develop, best practices continue to emerge, or where circumstances merit adjustments.

General Information

  • All in-person research will be by appointment only. Walk-in appointments will not be permitted.
  • To be eligible for conducting research on-site, patrons must have proof current status as a:
    • College of Charleston student, faculty member, or staff person
    • South Carolina Historical Society member
    • College of Charleston Friends of the Library member
  • Occupancy in the Reading Room will be limited to two researchers at any given time

Virtual Services

Special Collections will be offering enhanced virtual services for the Spring 2021 semester. The Special Collections Research Services Desk will be staffed online at Monday – Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm with a midday break between noon and 1:00. Staff are also available via telephone (843-953-8016) and email (

We welcome inquiries from all users, regardless of affiliation. Researchers can get in touch with Special Collections’ reference professionals using the Ask Us form on our website. College of Charleston students, faculty, and staff can schedule a research consultation with a faculty archivist here:

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