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University Libraries - South Caroliniana Library Renovation Fund

The South Caroliniana Library Renovation Fund

This fund supports the renovation and maintenance of the South Caroliniana Library.

An American landmark, the South Caroliniana Library is a state and national gem. It is essential to preserve and protect the historic structure and its treasured collections for future generations. 

The renovation of the Library will require significant resources and several years to complete. 

The building will be upgraded to modern standards necessary to keep the archival treasures safe and secure and to offer more accessibility and functionality for patrons. The citizens of South Carolina allocated $5 million through their elected representatives to support this project.

The completion of this renovation will not be possible without the generosity and support of those who recognize the significance of this undertaking. 

Please join in this important effort by providing financial support.


For more information about this fund, please contact us

Updated: 2/8/2018

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The Renovation Plans 

  • The East Wing will be retrofitted with premier fire suppression, humidity control, and heating and cooling systems. The collections stored in this wing will be protected by a three-hour fire barrier.
  • The Reading Room will be restored to its original appearance.
  • The Kendall Memorial Room will become a public meeting and event space that can accommodate lectures and classes.
  • The ground floor will have improved exhibition spaces and a glass entry to welcome visitors.
  • Handicapped accessibility and fire suppression will be improved throughout the historic building.