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Planning Your Visit

The Waring Historical Library is dedicated to preserving and providing access to primary source materials relating to the history of the health sciences in the Southeast and at the Medical University of South Carolina. To explore the Waring's collections, consult the online resources available on the Reference page, the Waring's growing list of archival and manuscript collection finding aids, and the library's experienced and knowledgeable staff.

Research Visits and Appointments

If you are planning to conduct research (use the library collections) during your visit, a reference appointment is strongly suggested. Unannounced researchers may not receive same day service. Please contact the library before your research visit to speak with staff about an appointment.

  • Researchers are required to provide a photo ID and complete a registration form to use our collections.
  • Pencils and electronic devices are allowed for note-taking when viewing materials. The use of pen is not permitted.
  • Photographs are permitted, but please limit flash photographs upon request.
  • Access to materials may be restricted due to physical condition, privacy of donors/subjects, or if a collection has not be processed.

Self-Guided Tours

Visitors interested in self-guided tours of the library will find numerous objects on display with descriptive text panels and rotating exhibits about the history of medicine in South Carolina. The library is small and the exhibits are modest in size, so most visitors complete their visit within 30 minutes.

The library is protected by close-circuit security cameras.

Large Tour Groups

Groups of 10 or more visitors are required to schedule visits to the Waring in advance. Contact the Waring's staff for more information.


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