Membership Information

Join a great tradition by becoming a member today.

The Charleston Library Society invites you to join a great tradition by becoming a member and engaging in the resources and programs available through the Library Society. Support from members is fundamental to advancing the Charleston Library Society’s role as a cultural and research institution both regionally and globally.



Beatrice Witte Ravenel Circle

$150.00

Benefits with annual Beatrice Witte Ravenel Circle Membership:

  • Programs focused on literature, music, history and culture, at no charge or reduced rate for members
  • Borrowing privileges from the circulation collection
  • Use of the Reading Room, Research and Writing Center, and Children’s Library
  • Invitations to the Annual Meeting of the Charleston Library Society and other events
  • Subscription to the Charleston Library Society newsletter The Reader
  • Acknowledgment of your support in the Annual Report to Donors
  • Acknowledgment in the Annual Report to Donors

John Bennett Circle

$250.00

Benefits with annual John Bennett Circle Membership:

  • Programs focused on literature, music, history, and culture, at no charge or reduced rate for members
  • Borrowing privileges from the circulation collection
  • Use of the Reading Room, Research and Writing Center, and Children’s Library
  • Invitations to the Annual Meeting of the Charleston Library Society and other events
  • Subscription to the Charleston Library Society newsletter The Reader
  • Acknowledgment of your support in the Annual Report to Donors
  • Acknowledgment in the Annual Report to Donors
  • An Invitation to one Fellows event
  • A private, docent-led tour for you and your guests, by appointment

Association of Fellows 

The Association of Fellows of the Charleston Library Society is composed of members who support the conservation and development of the collections and the programs offered by the Library Society. The Association attracts like-minded individuals who share a passion for literature, history, and educational opportunities.

The Fellows play an increasingly prominent role in securing the financial health of the Library Society and preserving its legacy for the future. Throughout the year, Fellows are invited to various unique programs and receptions for an opportunity to become better acquainted with one another and participate in the cultural offerings of the Library Society.

Association of Fellows membership conveys all the benefits of the Circle memberships, plus advance access to special events ticketing and invitations to exclusive Fellows events. Fellows members also enjoy reciprocal privileges at our sister membership libraries.

John Drayton Fellow

$500.00 -$999.00

Benefits with annual John Drayton Fellow Membership:

  • Programs focused on literature, music, history, and culture, at no charge or reduced rate for members
  • Borrowing privileges from the circulation collection
  • Use of the Reading Room, Research and Writing Center, and Children’s Library
  • Invitations to the Annual Meeting of the Charleston Library Society and other events
  • Subscription to the Charleston Library Society newsletter The Reader
  • Acknowledgment of your support in the Annual Report to Donors
  • Acknowledgment in the Annual Report to Donors
  • An Invitation to one Fellows event
  • A private, docent-led tour for you and your guests, by appointment
  • Invitation to Fellows events
  • Advance access to special events tickets
  • Reciprocal privileges at our Sister Membership Libraries

Dubose Heyward Fellow

$1000.00 -$2499.00

Benefits with annual Dubose Heyward Fellow Membership:

  • Programs focused on literature, music, history and culture, at no charge or reduced rate for members
  • Borrowing privileges from the circulation collection
  • Use of the Reading Room, Research and Writing Center, and Children’s Library
  • Invitations to the Annual Meeting of the Charleston Library Society and other events
  • Subscription to the Charleston Library Society newsletter The Reader
  • Acknowledgment of your support in the Annual Report to Donors
  • Acknowledgment in the Annual Report to Donors
  • An Invitation to one Fellows event
  • A private, docent-led tour for you and your guests, by appointment
  • Invitation to Fellows events
  • Advance access to special events tickets
  • Reciprocal privileges at our Sister Membership Libraries
  • One Friend of the Library gift membership to be sent to the recipient of your choice

Eliza Lucas Pinckney Fellow

$2,500.00 -$4,999.00

Benefits with annual Eliza Lucas Pinckney Fellow Membership:

  • Programs focused on literature, music, history and culture, at no charge or reduced rate for members
  • Borrowing privileges from the circulation collection
  • Use of the Reading Room, Research and Writing Center, and Children’s Library
  • Invitations to the Annual Meeting of the Charleston Library Society and other events
  • Subscription to the Charleston Library Society newsletter The Reader
  • Acknowledgment of your support in the Annual Report to Donors
  • Acknowledgment in the Annual Report to Donors
  • An Invitation to one Fellows event
  • A private, docent-led tour for you and your guests, by appointment
  • Invitation to Fellows events
  • Advance access to special events tickets
  • Reciprocal privileges at our Sister Membership Libraries
  • One Friend of the Library gift membership to be sent to the recipient of your choice
  • Opportunity to designate one item for conservation
  • A second gift membership

John Locke Fellow

Over $5,000

Benefits with annual John Locke Fellow Membership:

  • Programs focused on literature, music, history, and culture, at no charge or reduced rate for members
  • Borrowing privileges from the circulation collection
  • Use of the Reading Room, Research and Writing Center, and Children’s Library
  • Invitations to the Annual Meeting of the Charleston Library Society and other events
  • Subscription to the Charleston Library Society newsletter The Reader
  • Acknowledgment of your support in the Annual Report to Donors
  • Acknowledgment in the Annual Report to Donors
  • An Invitation to one Fellows event
  • A private, docent-led tour for you and your guests, by appointment
  • Invitation to Fellows events
  • Advance access to special events tickets
  • Reciprocal privileges at our Sister Membership Libraries
  • One Friend of the Library gift membership to be sent to the recipient of your choice
  • Opportunity to designate one item for conservation
  • A second gift membership
  • Limited Edition reprint of a special item from the collections
  • Lunch with the Executive Director and briefing on Library Activities
  • The satisfaction of perpetuating a venerable institution

1748 Fellow Fellow

Over $10,000

Benefits with annual 1748 Fellow Membership:

  • Programs focused on literature, music, history, and culture, at no charge or reduced rate for members
  • Borrowing privileges from the circulation collection
  • Use of the Reading Room, Research and Writing Center, and Children’s Library
  • Invitations to the Annual Meeting of the Charleston Library Society and other events
  • Subscription to the Charleston Library Society newsletter The Reader
  • Acknowledgment of your support in the Annual Report to Donors
  • Acknowledgment in the Annual Report to Donors
  • An Invitation to one Fellows event
  • A private, docent-led tour for you and your guests, by appointment
  • Invitation to Fellows events
  • Advance access to special events tickets
  • Reciprocal privileges at our Sister Membership Libraries
  • One Friend of the Library gift membership to be sent to the recipient of your choice
  • Opportunity to designate one item for conservation
  • A second gift membership
  • Limited Edition reprint of a special item from the collections
  • Lunch with the Executive Director and briefing on Library Activities
  • The satisfaction of perpetuating a venerable institution
  • Private tour of the vaults with up to six people. Our Special Collections librarian is your for this visit and will customize the visit to your interests

Student Membership

$75.00

Benefits with annual Student Membership:

  • Programs focused on literature, music, history and culture, at no charge or reduced rate for members
  • Borrowing privileges from the circulation collection
  • Use of the Reading Room, Research and Writing Center, and Children’s Library
  • Invitations to the Annual Meeting of the Charleston Library Society and other events
  • Subscription to the Charleston Library Society newsletter The Reader
  • Acknowledgement of your support in the Annual Report to Donors

Charleston Library Society

Fall COVID-19 Hours

For public safety reasons, the Library Society will be limiting access to members only on Mondays - Fridays, 9:30AM to 4:00PM.

 

Many CLS events are experiencing changes, postponements, and cancellations. Please check the Upcoming Events page for the latest information and updates. For any questions or concerns, please call 843-723-9912. We apologize for these inconveniences.