View the Rare Book Collection

The South Carolina State Library Rare Book Collection is comprised of rare, fragile, oversized, and special items of the SCSL Collections, and it includes approximately 2,000 items, ranging from political speeches and periodicals to historical scientific works and literature. Half of the Rare Book collection comes from the personal library of A.S. Salley, Jr., South Carolina’s first Historian and Archivist.

Time of Service

Time of service will only be provided during normal South Carolina State Library hours: 8:30am-5:00pm, Monday through Friday. We are closed on state holidays.

What to Know Before Your Visit

Please fill out the following form to make an appointment with our Metadata and Preservation Librarian. We also request you read our Collections Handling Guidelines for Patrons & Visitors regarding workspace and collections handling information you will need in preparation for your visit so that you have the best experience possible.