Beaufort District Collection

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311 Scott St.
Beaufort, SC 29902
TEL: (843) 255-6468
FAX: (843) 255-9502

Beaufort District Collection Home Page


Mon 9am—5pm
Tue By appt.
Wed By appt.
Thu 9am—5pm
Fri 9am—3pm
Sat Closed
Sun Closed

Historical Resources Coordinator:

Grace Morris Cordial, MLS, SL

Preservation Associate:

Ashley Sylva, Preservation Associate

Parking Information:

Library Parking Lot:
Port Republic & Scott Streets (Two-hour meters)
(click here to view map)

Library Vicinity:
View Map
(Map courtesy Main Street USA - Used with permission)

Downtown Beaufort Area:
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(Map courtesy Main Street USA - Used with permission)

About the Beaufort District Collection:

The purpose of the Beaufort District Collection is to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history of the area of lowcountry South Carolina known as the old historic Beaufort District. It is intended to be used by customers over age 12 who perform their own research. Our philosophy of service is to offer as many free services as possible to those who are interested in learning more about the history, culture, and environment of Beaufort County.

Free Services

  • We provide general information about the materials we have in our collection free of charge.
  • Books, videorecordings, vertical file subject headings,and microfilm holdings are posted within the online catalog.
  • We post web pages on local interest topics, the Online Obituary Index, and provide answers to Frequently Asked Questions about our services.
  • We have posted "Phosphate, Farms, and Family: The Donner Collection," a digital archive of 548 photographs about rural life in Beaufort County, 1889-1916 online.
  • We offer free telephone consultations about our resources and your research problem with BDC staff during regular hours of operation.
  • Customers using the resources inside the BDC facility always receive first priority for help.
  • Our staff welcomes the opportunity to speak to your community or church group about all the "Wonders of the Beaufort District Collection" and the services we provide.
  • Contact us for more information and to schedule a presentation. We do our best to acknowledge all messages from customers for assistance within 48 hours of initial receipt, via e-mail, voice-mail, postal mail, or instant message, weekends and holidays excepted.

Fee-for-Service Research Services

The Beaufort District Collection is designed to support the needs of customers over age 12 who perform their own research. Nevertheless, we accommodate those customers who are unable to visit our facility or who choose not to visit our facility by offering two fee-based services. Learn more about our limited Reference Service policy and fees and Obituary Services policies and fees. Fees are set by Library Board of Trustees policy.