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, cultures, and tales.

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Kingstree Strong Pig

Winyah Indigo Society Hall

Battery Gadsden Sullivan's Island
Battery Gadsden
Sullivan's Island


Aiken Institute

Charleston Library Society

Seneca Junior College Faith Cabin Library

Ronald McNair Sculpture

Amelia Bedelia Statue

McCollum-Murray House

Bruce And Lee Library

Lancaster Library

People's Free Library

Walterboro Library Society Building

Kershaw’s First Library

Hickman Hall
Hickman Hall
Graniteville


Sumter Carnegie Library

Converse College  Carnegie Library

Williamsburg County Library

Marion County Library

Camden Carnegie Library

Anderson County Arts Center

Cherokee Carnegie Library

Jennie Erwin Library

College of Nursing MUSC

Waring Library Porter Gaud

Carnegie Library Darlington

Society Hill Library

Latta Library

Tanglewood Mansion Anderson County

Timrod Library
Timrod Library
Summerville


Cheraw Matheson House

Newberry Library

McBee Depot Building

McKissick Museum

South Caroliniana Library

Blackville SC Train Depot
Blackville Depot
Blackville


Union County Carnegie Library


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