Each year, the Charleston Library Society hosts over 200 events ranging from author lectures and concerts to book clubs, children’s programs, and galas.  The founding members were an intellectually curious and culturally productive group and their desire to be at the heart of discussions about important issues is a trait that not only continues to resonate with our members today, but also provides the foundation for program development and enrichment.

Renowned guests and speakers have included: David McCullough, Scott Turow, Dorothea Benton Frank, John Grisham, Lord Julian Fellowes, Jon Meacham, Darla Moore, Mayor Joe Riley, John Avlon, violin virtuoso Maestro Matteo Fedeli, Bernard Cornwell, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, jazz musician and vocalist, Ann Caldwell, Matt Diffee, Life-Long Learning classes with Penn Hagood, Steve Gavel, & Barbara Horlbeck, The Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Emile Pandolfi, local artist, Jonathan Green, Axelrod Research Curator of Ichthyology at the American Museum of Natural History, Melanie Stiassny, Chamber Music Charleston, and the recipient of the 2023 Founders Award, David Rubenstein.

Every second Monday of the month, we welcome new members for a mingle and tour of the facility. Led by an experienced docent, the tour includes key information on utilizing library resources, a peek into CLS archives, and concludes with a tour of the bindery. Are you a veteran member and looking to connect with other members and reengage with the services the library offers? Come one, come all.

Sign up your littles (ages 5 – 8 years) for our summer camps at CLS, Camp in the Stacks! Each week is educationally themed and will engage your child in diverse reading and learning activities around the library. This years themes include Wild About Nature, Scientist in the Library, Adventures and Treasures, and Around the World.

As a cultural institution for life-long learning, the Charleston Library Society continues to offer workshops and classes on conservation, bookbinding, and papermaking. Because our members are intellectually and creatively curious, our programming is curated to offer more than lecture-style events. Learn more about our hands-on workshops, offered year-round. 

March 2024