The South Carolina State Library is dedicated to providing online access to several digital collections.
South Carolina State Documents Depository
Collection of historical and current digital publications by South Carolina agencies and state-supported academic institutions.
South Carolina Children's Library Services Collection
Collection of historical and contemporary images from the 1940s-2000s relating to library services for children. The photographs are from the archives of the South Carolina State Library and many were taken by State Library field agents. Portrayed in photographs are youth at public libraries, summer reading programs, other children's programs, and displays.
South Carolina State Library Construction Collection
Collection of images of the construction of the State Library building from 1969-1970. The photographs are from the archives of the South Carolina State Library, documenting the construction of the South Carolina State Library at 1500 Senate Street in Columbia. In 1969, the State Library Board was redesignated as the South Carolina State Library and assumed responsibility for public library development, library service for state institutions, service for the blind and physically handicapped, and library service to state government agencies. The State Library building was financed with state and federal funds and dedicated on February 18, 1970.
South Carolina Bookmobiles Collection
Collection of historical and contemporary images from the 1940s to the early 2000s. The photographs are from the archives of the South Carolina State Library and many were taken by State Library field agents. Portrayed in photographs are public library bookmobiles from across the state, featuring the bookmobiles themselves, library staff, patrons of all ages, and the collections housed in these mobile libraries.
South Carolina Public Library History, 1930-1945
Collection of historical images and documents from 1930-1945. Portrayed in photographs are public libraries, bookmobiles, librarians, and administrative staff from around the state. Many of the documents relate to the federal Works Project Administration (WPA) Library Project in South Carolina, which provided statewide library services from 1935 to 1943.
South Carolina School Directories
Since 1911 the South Carolina State Department of Education has published a yearly directory of schools in the state. Information catalogued in each issue is different; some issues include school and district information, Department of Education staff and programs, listings of private schools and colleges, statistics, and state educational associations. These directories provide valuable information about the school buildings and educational leaders in a community. The issues available are from 1912-2010.
South Carolina Library Buildings Collection
The South Carolina State Library and the South Carolina Digital Library present the South Carolina Library Buildings Collection, a collection of images of public library buildings in the state from the 1940s-1970s. The photographs are from the archives of the South Carolina State Library and many were taken by State Library field agents. Topics include exterior views of headquarter and branch locations, interior views, and construction.
Digital Collections Around South Carolina
Public libraries, universities, historical organizations, and museums from around South Carolina have made available many unique historical collections for the public to view.
The Opening History: U.S. History Resources from Libraries, Museums, and Archives website maintains a list of digital collections in South Carolina by organization. Opening History is a project of the IMLS Digital Collections and Content (DCC) registry. Sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the DCC’s purpose is to bring together digital collections funded by IMLS National Library grants.
The State Library also maintains a list of digital collections in South Carolina at our South Carolina Collections and Digitization LibGuide.
The South Carolina Digital Library provides free access to historic materials, such as photographs, manuscripts, journals, books, oral histories, objects, etc. illustrating the history and culture of South Carolina from over 40 cultural heritage institutions across the state. These materials also become part of the Digital Public Library of America, which offers a single point of access to millions of items from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States.