Accessing the Collections at the Avery Research Center

Accessing the Collections at the Avery Research Center

The Phillis Wheatly Literary and Social Club Reading Room is now open by appointment only. The reading room is open from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


General Information

  • All in-person research will be by appointment only. Walk-in appointments will not be permitted.
  • Occupancy in the Reading Room will be limited to one researcher appointment (max 2 people/appointment) at any given time
  • To follow COVID-19 health and safety standards a mask/face covering is optional and maintain six feet social distance from staff members.
  • Access to an on-site appointment will only be granted after a virtual consultation. Make a virtual consultation (via Zoom), call 843.953.7608, or fill out form.

Virtual Services


We welcome inquiries from all users, regardless of affiliation. Researchers can get in touch with Avery Research Center reference professionals via email or arrange a virtual research consultation via Zoom with an archivist.


Researchers can also explore collections via our Archives Finding Aid SystemDiscovery Service (library catalog), the Lowcountry Digital Library, or through various Research Guides.

MUSEUM TOURS: The Avery Research Center is currently open for guided tours by appointment and self-guided tours on selected days.

OPEN HOUSE: The Avery Research Center currently offers self-guided tours on the second Wednesday of the month. Advance registration required.

ARCHIVES: Researchers must schedule a consultation BEFORE making a research appointment.

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