About Our Libraries

Addlestone Library

Addlestone_libraryThe Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library is the premier research library for the region. With its comprehensive collections, the library serves as a dynamic hub of discovery that supports education at the highest levels. We teach the campus community and the community at-large to think critically about information and apply it ethically. We preserve the history of the region. We deliver professional service and instruction and engage in strategic, creative partnerships. We advance intellectual and cultural excellence. The Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library provides more than 700,000 volumes, 360 electronic databases, 380,000 electronic books and 110,000 electronic journals for research, study, and discovery. The Addlestone Library is also home to Special Collections and incredible collections in natural history, print and paper making, Jewish heritage, sporting and angling, and South Caroliniana.

For more information, visit Addlestone Library’s website.

Avery Research Center

avery_smallEstablished in 1985, the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture at the College of Charleston serves to preserve and promote knowledge concerning the issues of African Americans. Foundational material in the Avery Research Center was cultivated much earlier as 40 percent of Africans shipped to mainland North America landed in Charleston, South Carolina.  Along with the influx of free and enslaved blacks came countless influences on Gullah and Sea Island culture, slavery, civil war, reconstruction, civil and women’s rights, education, business, and the arts.  With true regional tradition at the focus, the Center upholds the Lowcountry’s heritage while serving as a small museum with daily tours, a national historic site listed on the National Register of Historic Sites, and a cultural center. Conferences, lectures, film festivals, and exhibits are housed in the midst of archives consisting of primary and secondary source materials numbering over 4,000 and contributed to by scholars, researchers, and students.  Avery’s dedication to preserving the people and stories which contribute to the history and culture of the area continue to set this research center apart and make it truly unique.

For more information, visit the Avery Research Center’s website.

Communications Museum

The John Rivers Communications Museum is located at on the College of Charleston campus in the historic district of beautiful downtown Charleston, South Carolina. The museum is housed in the Elliot House, built in 1803. Its four display rooms highlight a wonderful collection of antique radios, televisions, phonographs, telephones, magic lanterns, motion picture projectors, and other items related to the history and entertainment of the communications and broadcasting fields. The museum offers individual and group tours, a variety of educational programs for grades K-12, and many educational events related to both topical social issues and communications history.

For more information, visit the John Rivers Communication Museum’s website.

Marine Resources Library

The Marine Resources Library, located at the Marine Resources Center at Fort Johnson on James Island, South Carolina, initiated in 1972 as a resource for the research staff of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Currently, the Marine Resources Center is merged with the College of Charleston’s Grice Marine Biological Laboratory and the library holdings of NOAA/NOS/Coastal Center for Environmental Health & Biomolecular Research Charleston Laboratory. As a Friend of the Library, enjoy access to the Center’s 25,400 monographic titles, 9,800 bound periodicals, 450 journal subscriptions, and 42,000 reprints.

For more information, visit the Marine Resources Library’s website.

School of Professional Studies Library

The Lowcountry Graduate Center and College of Charleston School of Professional Studies is located in North Charleston. The first thing you may notice about the library is that there are no books! The library was designed to be a virtual library, providing resources for research from online sources and tools to support teaching and learning at the Lowcountry Graduate Center  and College of Charleston School of Professional Studies.

For more information, visit the School of Professional Studies Library’s website.



2 Replies to “About Our Libraries”

  1. I am a ecampus student at Troy University but live here in Charleston. Is it possible for me to utilize the College of Charleston library for my research and/or check out books?

    Thank you.

    1. Hi Melissa! I would suggest joining the Friends of the Library. With just a $40 donation, you will receive a library card and have access to our print collections for check-out. Thank you!

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