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Columbia in Richland County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The South Caroliniana Library

 
 
The South Caroliniana Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 16, 2009
1. The South Caroliniana Library Marker
Inscription. This was the first separate college library building erected in the United States.The architect of the exterior is not known, but the reading room is copied from Bulfinch's Library of Congress. The central portion was completed in May 1840, the fire proof wings were added in 1927. The building served as the library of the college and university until 1940, when it became the South Caroliniana Library.
 
Location. 33° 59.896′ N, 81° 1.798′ W. Marker is in Columbia, South Carolina, in Richland County. Marker can be reached from Sumter Street near College St, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located at the entrance to USC Horseshoe on the Library wall. Marker is in this post office area: Columbia SC 29201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The South Caroliniana Library (a few steps from this marker); Memorial Fountain (within shouting distance of this marker); Elliott College (within shouting distance of this marker); Harper College (within shouting distance of this marker); The L. Marion Gressette Euphradian Society Hall (within shouting distance
The South Caroliniana Library image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 16, 2009
2. The South Caroliniana Library
of this marker); University of South Carolina (within shouting distance of this marker); Lieber College (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pinckney College (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Columbia.
 
Regarding The South Caroliniana Library. "Caroliniana" meaning "things pertaining to Carolina."

The South Caroliniana Library was the first free-standing college library in the country, predating those of Harvard (1841), Yale (1846), and Princeton (1873).
 
Also see . . .  University Libraries South Carolinaiana Library. (Submitted on August 26, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
 
Categories. Education
 
The South Caroliniana Library Marker, seen at left of door image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 16, 2009
3. The South Caroliniana Library Marker, seen at left of door
The South Caroliniana Library reading room image. Click for full size.
By Usc
4. The South Caroliniana Library reading room
Destroyed by fire in 1851
The South Caroliniana Library South and west (front )elevations image. Click for full size.
Historic American Buildings Survey, M.B. Paine, April 1934
5. The South Caroliniana Library South and west (front )elevations
Historic American Engineering Record HABS SC,40-COLUM,2A-1
The South Caroliniana Library North elevation image. Click for full size.
Historic American Buildings Survey, M.B. Paine, April 1934
6. The South Caroliniana Library North elevation
Historic American Engineering Record HABS SC,40-COLUM,2A-2
The South Caroliniana First floor entrance hall image. Click for full size.
Historic American Buildings Survey, M.B. Paine, April 1934
7. The South Caroliniana First floor entrance hall
Historic American Engineering Record HABS SC,40-COLUM,2A-3
The South Caroliniana Library Main Reading room, looking east image. Click for full size.
Historic American Buildings Survey, M.B. Paine, April 1934
8. The South Caroliniana Library Main Reading room, looking east
Historic American Engineering Record HABS SC,40-COLUM,2A-4
The South Caroliniana Library View from north gallery image. Click for full size.
Historic American Buildings Survey, C.O. Greene, September 21, 1940
9. The South Caroliniana Library View from north gallery
Historic American Engineering Record HABS SC,40-COLUM,2A-8
 
 
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