Visit Us

Visit Us

HOURS: Effective January 12, 2015, the main reading room of the South Carolina Historical Society will be open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at our new location on the 3rd floor of the Addlestone Library.  To access items in the SCHS Tower Collection (housed in the Fireproof Building), please contact our processing archivist, Karen Stokes.

CLOSURES: SCHS headquarters may be closed or its hours altered in the event of federal holidays, special programs, or weather emergencies.

Closings for 2014 are:

January 20 M.L. King, Jr. day
February 7 Library Closes at noon
February 17 President’s day
April 18-20 Easter
May 26 Memorial Day
June 27 Library closes at noon
July 4 Independence Day
July 5 Magnolia History Fair – visit us!
September 1 Labor Day
October 13 Columbus Day
October 16 Library Closed
November 11 Veteran’s Day
November 17 Library service suspended until January 12, 2015.
November 26-29 Thanksgiving
December 23-January 1 Winter Holidays

LOCATION: The South Carolina Historical Society’s headquarters is located in the Fireproof Building at the southeast corner of Meeting and Chalmers Streets (100 Meeting Street). The South Carolina Historical Society archives are located on the third floor of the Addlestone Library on the campus of the College of Charleston.

DIRECTIONS to the FIREPROOF BUILDING: Follow Interstate 26 east to the end and take the Meeting St./Visitor Info exit. Turn right onto Meeting Street and continue for approximately 1.5 miles. The Fireproof Building, headquarters of the South Carolina Historical Society, will be on the left at the corner of Meeting and Chalmers Streets, one block north of Broad Street. Find us using MapQuest or Google Maps.

PARKING: The SCHS Fireproof Building does not have its own parking facility. Metered street parking is available in the surrounding area, and the city operates several public parking garages in the vicinity. Parking is also available in the Charleston County Garage on the right side of Meeting Street just past Hibernian Hall.
The SCHS archives are located in close proximity to a variety of parking options. Click here for a diagram of parking facilities nearby.

GROUPS: Group visits to the Fireproof Building must be arranged in advance. If you have a large group interested in visiting the archive, we also appreciate some advance notice so that we might make your visit as productive and engaging as possible.

RESTROOMS: There is a patron restroom on the ground floor of the Fireproof Building. Please ask the librarian on duty for directions. Persons contemplating a visit to the Fireproof building should be aware that the path from the main floor down to the restroom involves the use of a circular stone staircase. If this path presents a barrier to you, please contact us in advance of your visit to make special arrangements.

ACCESSIBILITY: The South Carolina Historical Society headquarters welcomes visitors with physical or mobility limitations. However, our main entrance is currently located on the main level of the historic Fireproof Building and the building does not have an elevator. If you have a handicap that prohibits you from climbing our staircases to reach the library, please contact a member of our staff in advance of your visit to make an appointment. We will gladly set up a temporary research station for you on the ground floor of the building or otherwise accommodate you as best as we are able.