At the present time the Research Room is open Mondays and Fridays, 10 am to 5 pm to anyone over age 12 interested in doing research about the history, Gullah culture, archaeology, genealogy and natural history of this part of South Carolina - except when it isn't. However, access to the BDC Research Room and to professional expertise is by advance appointments only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays - except when it isn't. These exceptions are posted here in Connections, on Facebook, on the Library's website, and around the building as soon as we become aware of the exceptions. For example, July 2015 had a number of exceptions. As of this writing, there are no scheduled adjustments for August 2015. Of course, that may change and if it should, we will announce those changes as soon as possible.
What happens in the Research Room on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays? A number of things: One-on-one research consultations with customers who've made an appointment in advance to do so; creation and maintenance of content for the "Virtual BDC; outreach such as talking to community groups about the rare and unique materials we provide; planning, coordinating, and delivering local history programs or genealogy training sessions throughout the Library system; digitization of rare and unique materials for museum or scholarly projects; attending library and archival meetings; selecting and ordering materials for the BDC and the local history sections at the branch libraries; and performing preservation tasks. There are always more work to do than there are hours to do it.
The prudent action for those who want to work within the Beaufort District Collection Research Room is to call 843-255-6468 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org ahead of time to make arrangements. Please understand that we cannot make same day appointments for Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays.