A Branch of the Charleston County Library System
The Edgar Allan Poe Library, located in Historic Battery Gadsden, is a branch of the Charleston County Public Library system. The library is located at 1921 I’On Ave in the renovated military installation dating back to the Spanish-American War. The library is named for famed gothic author Edgar Allan Poe, who was stationed on Sullivan’s Island as a private in the United States Army in 1827 and 1828. The Island made such an impression on the young author that he used it as the setting for many of his short stories and poems, including his most famous story, “The Gold-Bug.”
The 2,000-square foot branch houses a collection of more than 6,800 materials, including fiction and non-fiction, young adult books, periodicals, books on CD and DVDs with an emphasis on their children’s collection. Free library cards are available to all Charleston County residents. Residents of other counties can obtain a card for $40 annually. Cardholders also have access to downloadable materials including e-books, audiobooks, magazines, music and more and can request more than 250,000 additional titles from other Charleston County Library branches. The branch circulated more than 25,919 materials in FY 2017 and provides its visitors with four internet-connected computers and free Wi-Fi. The branch also hosts hundreds of educational and entertaining programs throughout the year. In 2017, more than 9,000 attended nearly 500 sponsored events, which includes children’s programs, lectures, games, writing groups, book club discussions and crafts.