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Marlene & Nathan Addlestone Library

Physical address:
205 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401
(Directions & Visitor Parking)

Mailing address:
66 George Street, Charleston, SC 29424

Web address:
https://library.cofc.edu

Phone:
843-953-5530

The Addlestone Library is the main College of Charleston Library and is also home to Special Collections, the Center for Student Learning, the main campus computer lab, the Media Collection, and Starbucks.

Learn More About The Addlestone Library

Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture

The Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, a division of the College of Charleston, was established to collect, preserve, and make public the unique historical and cultural heritage of African Americans in Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry.

Executive Director:
Patricia Williams Lessane, PhD

Location:
125 Bull Street, Charleston, SC 29424
(Directions)

Mailing address:
66 George Street, Charleston, SC 29424

Phone:
843.953.7609
843.953.7607 (fax)

Hours:
Museum:
Guided Tours are available from Monday through Friday at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 3:30 pm. Email:averyadmin@cofc.edu.

Reading Room:
The Reading Room is open to researchers Monday through Friday from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm.
843.953.7608. Email:averyresearchcenter@cofc.edu.

Avery Research Center is closed daily from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm.

Admission is free for the exhibitions at the Avery Research Center; however, donations are welcomed.

Web address: http://avery.cofc.edu
Blog: http://blogs.cofc.edu/averyarchives/

John Rivers Communication 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. We are housed in the Elliot House, built in 1803. Our 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.

Location:
58 George Street, Charleston, South Carolina 29424
(Directions)

Mailing address:
66 George Street, Charleston, SC 29424

Hours:
The John Rivers Museum is currently closed for renovations.

Web address: http://jrmuseum.cofc.edu/index.php

Marine Resources Library

The Marine Resources Library began in 1972 serving the research staff of the newly established Marine Resources Division of the South Carolina Wildlife and Marine Resources Department {now the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources} located at the Marine Resources Center at Fort Johnson on James Island, South Carolina. In 1977, the Marine Resources Division merged its library holdings with those of the College of Charleston’s Grice Marine Biological Laboratory which was also located at Fort Johnson. In August 1996, the library holdings of NOAA Fisheries/Charleston Laboratory {now NOAA/NOS/Coastal Center for Environmental Health & Biomolecular Research Charleston Laboratory}, located at Fort Johnson, were merged into the Marine Resources Library.

The library’s collection now includes 25,400 monographic titles, 9,800 bound periodicals, 450 journal subscriptions, and 42,000 reprints. The collection’s strengths include marine biology, marine ecology, fisheries science, ichthyology, invertebrate zoology, toxicology, marine forensics, biotechnology, ecotoxicology, phycology, and biochemistry. The Marine Resources Library is supported financially by the College of Charleston, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Marine Resources Division, and the NOAA/NOS/Coastal Center for Environmental Health & Biomolecular Research Charleston Laboratory and provides resources and services to the staff, faculty, and students of the three institutions.

Librarian:
Geoffrey Timms

Location:
217 Fort Johnson Road, Charleston, SC 29412
(Directions)

Mailing address:
PO Box 12559, Charleston, SC 29422-2559

Phone:
843.953.9370

Hours: 
The Library is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM until 5:00 PM. College of Charleston students and faculty have access to the library from 8 AM until 5 PM Monday – Friday. College of Charleston marine biology graduate students/faculty and researchers from SC Department of Natural Resources, Marine Resources Division, Hollings Marine Laboratory, NIST Charleston and NOAA/NOS/CCEHBR have 24/7 card access to the Marine Resources Library. Please Note: The Marine Resources Library observes the College of Charleston’s Holidays.

Web Address: http://mrl.cofc.edu/

College of Charleston North Campus & Lowcountry Graduate Center Library

The mission of the Library is to support faculty, student and community research and learning for the Lowcountry Graduate Center(LGC) and College of Charleston North Campus. The LGC is a joint effort of The Citadel, the College of Charleston, Clemson, University of South Carolina and the Medical University of South Carolina which seeks to expand graduate opportunities in the area.

Librarian:
Jannette Finch (E-Mail: LGClibrarian@cofc.edu)

Location:
3800 Paramount Drive, North Charleston, SC 29405
(Directions)

Mailing Address:
3800 Paramount Drive, North Charleston, SC 29405

Phone:
Facility Phone: 843.953.6684
Librarian Phone: 843.953.2766

Hours:
The library is open M-F, from 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM; Saturday 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Closed Sundays.

Web address:
Library: http://blogs.cofc.edu/lgclibrary/
College of Charleston North Campus: http://north.cofc.edu/ 
Lowcountry Graduate Center: http://www.lowcountrygradcenter.org/

South Carolina Historical Society Archives

Established in 1855, the South Carolina Historical Society is dedicated to expanding, preserving, and making accessible their collection, and encouraging interest and pride in the rich history of the state. The South Carolina Historical Society library and archival services is located on the third floor of the Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library. The SCHS Headquarters is located in The Fireproof Building at 100 Meeting Street in Charleston.

Location:

SCHS Archives:
3rd Floor, Addlestone Library
205 Calhoun Street, Charleston, South Carolina 29424
(Directions)

SCHS Headquarters:
The Fireproof Building, 100 Meeting Street, Charleston, South Carolina 29401

Phone:
(843) 723-3225
fax: (843) 723-8584

Hours:
The SCHS Archives in the Addlestone Library (research): Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Web address:
SCHS Website: http://www.southcarolinahistoricalsociety.org/
South Carolina Historical Society: Policies & Procedures Guide (Addlestone Library): http://libguides.library.cofc.edu/schs

Special Collections

The Special Collections Department of the College of Charleston was founded to support the teaching and learning mission of the College of Charleston and to promote scholarship on the South Carolina Lowcountry and the broader Atlantic World. It is located on the third floor of the Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library. Its holdings include over 600 manuscript collections related to the history and culture of the South Carolina Lowcountry, the archives of the College of Charleston, the Spoleto Festival Archives, and more than 40,000 rare books and pamphlets.

The primary mission of Special Collections is to evaluate, acquire, organize, preserve, and make available rare printed and archival materials. Its faculty and staff are committed to utilizing a multi-faceted approach in support of that mission and are dedicated to employing modern archival practices to enhance access to our collections. These include online access to collection guides, a robust digital library, physical and online exhibits, and a commitment to public programming and education outreach.

Head, Special Collections:
Harlan Greene

Location:
Addlestone Library, 3rd Floor
205 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401
(Directions)

Mailing address:
66 George Street, Charleston, SC 29424

Phone:
843-953-8016

Hours:
Monday – Friday
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Web address:
http://speccoll.cofc.edu/