The South Carolina State Library maintains an extensive print collection of materials published about South Carolina. Some of these collections also provide access to digitized copies in the public domain. Both are represented in the following list.
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The South Carolina Collection includes published materials dealing with South Carolina subjects. Multiple copies of South Carolina titles are usually purchased to ensure that one copy remains in the library for long-term preservation.
The South Carolina Collection can be searched in our online catalog, SCLENDS.
A selection of the South Carolina Collection can be accessed through the South Carolina Book Collection.
South Carolina State Documents
The South Carolina State Documents Depository Program provides access to publications produced by state agencies and state-supported academic institutions. The State Library maintains a collection of print, electronic, and multimedia state documents.
The South Carolina State Documents can be searched in our online catalog, SCLENDS.
Approximately 20,000 digitized state documents can be accessed in the South Carolina State Documents Depository.
The South Carolina State Library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law (Title 44 United States Code).
The Federal Documents can be searched in our online catalog, SCLENDS.
A selection of digitized materials from the Federal Documents can be accessed through the South Carolina Federal Documents.
Further information can be found in the Federal Documents Guide.
Rare Book Collection
The South Carolina State Library is committed to preserving the Rare Book Collection and making them accessible to the community. The collection 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.
The Rare Book Collection can be searched in our online catalog, SCLENDS.
A selection of digitized materials from the Rare Book Collection can be accessed through the South Carolina Book Collection.
Further information can be found in the Rare Book Guide.
The South Carolina State Library presents digitized photographs and documents from an internal archive of library history; these images are mostly of public and academic libraries, the State Library, and library events from around the state.
The Photograph Collection can be accessed through Digital Collections in the SC Digital Library.
Visit Safari Books Online for full-text online access to ebooks on web development, system administration, applications, management, human resources, marketing, and training.
Visit our Indie SC ebook collection for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry written by South Carolina authors.
Using SmartSearch Plus, State Library cardholders can search Discus resources and the State Library’s unique digital collections in one search.