Welcome to the Friends of the Addlestone Library!

Dear Friends of the Library member,

The Friends of the Library is proud to announce that the Addlestone Library will undergo a major improvement project to increase study spaces for our students, shelving for our collections and dedicated space to the South Carolina Historical Society’s collection. 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.  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 provide 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.

What this means for you, as a Friend of the Library

On Friday, April 25th we will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Winthrop Roundtable with keynote speaker, Todd S. Purdum.  In the 50th anniversary year of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, veteran journalist Todd S. Purdum tells the story of the bill’s journey, recreating the engaging drama of the legislative maneuvering and the larger-than-life characters who made it possible.  Often hailed as the most important law of the past century, H.R. 7152 stands as a lesson for our own troubled times about what is possible when patience, bipartisanship, and decency rule the day.  Please contact Jenny Fowler at 843-953-6620 for invitation to this special event.

A list of spring events can be found on the Current and Upcoming Events page.  We look forward to seeing you soon.


Chappy McKay, Chair                                                        John W. White, Dean