The College of Charleston is proud to announce that beginning in March 2014 the Addlestone Library will undergo a major improvement project to increase study spaces for our students and shelving for our collections. The major construction phase of the project will take place during the summer, with completion in time for the start of the Fall 2014 semester. During the project, the 2nd and 3rd floors of the library will be closed to Faculty, Staff, Students, and community patrons while the new mobile shelving is installed. The vast majority of our collection (CofC Stacks and Periodicals) will also be unavailable during this time. The 1st floor will be open throughout the summer and all of its services will be uninterrupted.

In addition to adding more seats for studying and power for mobile devices, the improvement project will delineate premier space for the South Carolina Historical Society’s collection of exceptional rare materials. Founded in 1855, the SCHS is the state’s oldest private repository of books, letters, maps, journals, drawing, and photographs about South Carolina history. At the completion of this project, the Addlestone Library will rank among the top Southern Studies research centers in the nation and serve our 21st century students and faculty as a place of serious learning and discovery.

The library will continue to provide the best quality service to our patrons throughout the improvement project. Interlibrary Loan and PASCAL will be available to assist Faculty and Students with articles and books requested for summer classes. The Circulation Desk will continue to provide course reserve services during the summer sessions. Also, patrons will have access to the Media Collection and computer lab throughout the project. If you have any questions regarding the improvement project or the services provided during the project, please email or stop by any of our services desks for more information.

Major Improvements:

  • Adding 200 seats for students, including 140 general seats, 3 small group study rooms, and 50 seats in new flexible lecture/ learning space.
  • Giving students easy access to power outlets for their laptops, phones and numerous other mobile devices.
  • Consolidating the entire book collection (A –Z) on the second floor in mobile shelving.
  • Expanding the Special Collections Reading Room to provide more seats for students and researchers and more reference books
  • Expanding capacity for the library’s unique manuscript and rare book collections.
  • Adding a high-tech lecture room on the third floor.
  • New Starbucks Coffee Shop coming to the first floor.

Library Access Schedule:

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