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The Waring Historical Library is pleased to announce that we are in the preparation stages for a renovation of our building.

Because of this, we are not currently available to schedule tours of the building. We are still welcoming researchers by appointment only to view items from our collection conduct research in person.

In the meanwhile, please stay engaged with us through our online exhibits, upcoming events, and blog. If you have any questions, please contact the Waring’s staff.


The Waring History Library is generally open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm weekdays upon staff availability for researchers. Appointments are required. Please submit a Reference Request form to schedule a time to view materials at least a week ahead of time to schedule a research appointment.

The library is closed for most state and federal holidays.

COVID-19 Precautions

The Waring adheres to current CDC and MUSC guidelines. Masking is optional when conducting research.


The Waring is located at 175 Ashley Avenue adjacent to St. Luke's Chapel (See map). For directions to the MUSC campus, visit the MUSC Libraries website.


There is no available parking at the Waring. Street parking is available at metered spots along Ashley Avenue and Bee Street. The nearest parking garage is the Rutledge Tower parking garage, with entrances on Rutledge and Ashley Avenues.

Walking from the Rutledge Tower garage, proceed north (with traffic) on Ashley Avenue, past the entrance to the MUSC Horseshoe. The next driveway on your left is the entrance to a loading dock for the Basic Sciences Building and the Darby Children's Research Institute. You may also pull your car in this driveway for quick drop-off and pick-up at the Waring. Please do not park in this driveway; it is a fire lane, and you will be ticketed.


175 Ashley Avenue | MSC 403 | Charleston, SC 29425 | (843) 792-2288