College of Charleston moving 750,000 books

By Ashley Barker
abarker@scbiznews.com
Published May 6, 2014

The Addlestone Library at the College of Charleston will be under construction until the middle of August, according to a news release from the college.

The second and third floors of the library closed this past weekend for changes that will include 200 additional seats, new power outlets and three more group study spaces. A Starbucks will also replace Java City, and additional outdoor seating is being planned, the release said.

Addlestone Library’s 750,000-print-material collection was boxed up and will be moved to the second floor. (Photo provided by the College of Charleston)
Addlestone Library’s 750,000-print-material collection was boxed up and will be moved to the second floor. (Photo provided by the College of Charleston)
“This renovation lays the foundation for us to create a real 21st century library,” Dean of Libraries John White said in a statement. “Even though the building seems new, it was planned in the mid-to-late 1990s, and access to information has changed dramatically since then. Now every student is at the library with at least two devices that may need to be plugged in.”

During the renovation, the library’s entire 750,000-print-material collection will be moved to the second floor, which will allow for expansion of the Special Collections Reading Room and the library’s unique manuscript and rare book collections, the release said.

“We will still only be at 55% capacity, which will allow us to add at least 10,000 books to our collection each year,” White said. “We’re maintaining the serendipity of discovery — when someone goes into the stacks looking for a book and finds others to read.”

The S.C. Historical Society’s collection of books, manuscripts and archives will also be housed in a secure and climate-controlled space within Addlestone Library beginning in January, according to the college.

“We are a 21st century archive, with dedicated, modern facilities to repair, restore and protect rare manuscripts and artifacts,” White said. “By locating the rich resources of Charleston and the S.C. Historical Society in one facility, the Addlestone Library will rank with the top research centers in the nation in Southern Studies.”

The library’s book collection will be unavailable through Aug. 18, but students and faculty members can still borrow books from other S.C. libraries.

Reach staff writer Ashley Barker at 843-849-3144 or @AshleyNBarker on Twitter.

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