Visit Us

Visit Us

HOURS: The library of the South Carolina Historical Society is open Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and on the first and third Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

CLOSURES: The library may be closed or its hours altered in the event of federal holidays, special programs, or weather emergencies. Please note that, in addition to federal holidays this fall, the library will be closed on Thursday, October 16th for a special event. We will not have Saturday hours for the month of December.

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

VISITOR’S FEE: Everyone is welcome at the South Carolina Historical Society. Members of the South Carolina Historical Society are free to conduct research at the Fireproof Building as often as they like without charge. Non-members, however, must pay a $5 research fee per day to use our library. The librarian can provide you with a non-member visitor’s card.

LOCATION: The South Carolina Historical Society is located in the Fireproof Building at the southeast corner of Meeting and Chalmers Streets (100 Meeting Street).

DIRECTIONS: 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, home 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 South Carolina Historical Society 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.

GROUPS: The seating capacity in our library is limited. Group visits to the Fireproof Building, whether to conduct research or simply to view the interior, must be arranged in advance.

CHILDREN: Experience has shown that most small children do not find the quiet atmosphere of our reading room sufficiently entertaining and thus are prone to disturbing other patrons. Visitors are encouraged to make other arrangements for their children during their visit.

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 our facility should be aware that the path from the library 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 welcomes visitors with physical or mobility limitations. However, our library is 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 Mary Jo Fairchild (ext. 14) or Karen Stokes (ext. 21) in advance of your visit to make a research 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.