1748 Fellow membership conveys all the benefits of the Circle memberships, plus advance access to special event ticketing and invitations to exclusive Fellows events. Fellows members also enjoy reciprocal privileges at our sister membership libraries. Additionally, they receive two gift memberships to be sent to recipients of their choice, the opportunity to designate one item for conservation, and a limited edition reprint of a special item from the collection. 1748 Fellows have the opportunity to enjoy lunch with the Executive Director, a briefing on Library activities, and the satisfaction of perpetuating a venerable institution.
As a special thanks, a 1748 Fellow receives a private tour of the vaults with up to six people - the tour can be curated based on the Fellow’s specific interests.
Established December 28th, 1748 by seventeen young gentlemen of various trades and professions wishing to avail themselves of the latest publications from Great Britain, the Charleston Library Society paved the way for the founding of the College of Charleston in 1770 and provided the core collection of natural history artifacts for the founding of the Charleston Museum (the first in America) in 1773.