Libraries – South Carolina

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The nation’s first public lending library was organized in South Carolina in 1698 and in full operation and recognized by the state legislature by 1700. Dr. Thomas Bray, an Anglican priest, saw it as his mission to create libraries throughout the parishes of England and America and thus helped organize the Parsonage Provincial Library, connected with Saint Philip’s Church in Charleston. In 1748 the Charles Towne Library Society formed – the country’s third oldest private library – and from that point libraries and library societies, both public and private, were established all over the state as people settled throughout the corners of South Carolina and desired a place to study the world’s history, culture, and tales.


Amelia Bedelia Statue

McCollum-Murray House

Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation Library

Lancaster Library

People’s Free Library

Walterboro Library Society Building

Kershaw’s First Library

Hickman Hall
Hickman Hall

Sumter Carnegie Library

Converse College  Carnegie Library

Williamsburg County Library

Marion County Library

Camden Carnegie Library

Anderson County Arts Center

Cherokee County Carnegie Library

Jennie Erwin Library

College of Nursing at MUSC

Waring Historical Library

Carnegie Library Darlington

Old Society Hill Library

Latta Library

Tanglewood Mansion Anderson County

Henry Timrod Library
Timrod Library

Matheson House

Newberry Library

McBee Depot Building

South Caroliniana Library

Florence County Library

Union County Carnegie Library


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