Each year hundreds of librarians, vendors, and publishers make a pilgrimage to the Holy City. They are not headed to the Mediterranean, but to the southeast coast of the U S — to Charleston, SC.

Information on the 2021 Charleston Conference Hybrid Event

The Charleston Conference is an informal annual gathering of librarians, publishers, electronic resource managers, consultants, and vendors of library materials in Charleston, SC, in November, to discuss issues of importance to them all. It is designed to be a collegial gathering of individuals from different areas who discuss the same issues in a non-threatening, friendly, and highly informal environment. Presidents of companies discuss and debate with library directors, acquisitions librarians, reference librarians, serials librarians, collection development librarians, and many, many others. Begun in 1980, the Charleston Conference has grown from 20 participants in 1980 to thousands in 2018.

Due to the amount of growth we have experienced, the Conference was held in two hotels for the first time in 2005: the Francis Marion and the Embassy Suites, both in downtown Charleston. We are now in three hotels (the Francis Marion, the Embassy Suites Historic, and the Courtyard Marriott Historic) plus the brand new Gaillard Center Charleston!

The Conference does not have exhibits and is not attached to any professional organization, although a separately managed Vendor Showcase and Juried Product Development Forums take place at the Conference.


Can librarians and vendors create a mutually satisfying environment where libraries can afford to buy the materials they need and vendors can still maintain a healthy profit? Can publishers keep prices down while costs escalate? How is the market being impacted by the Internet and electronic publishing? What are the rights and responsibilities of each of the parties involved? Who is maintaining the electronic archive?

From the librarian of a small library to the CEO of a major corporation, they all stand and make their voices heard. The tone is casual, the talk irreverent, and the answers are far from simple. But together, we can find solutions.

Here is what some librarians have said about the Charleston Conference —

“The best library gathering around. I look forward to it.”

“The Charleston Conference is an incredibly stimulating venue. I am tired afterwards, but get so many great ideas, network with my colleagues, and learn what is going on. I recommend it highly.”

“Charleston is the only conference that is worth attending.”


NOVEMBER 1-2, 2021


NOVEMBER 2, 2021


NOVEMBER 3 – 5, 2021


Don’t Miss our Preconferences!

We have a full slate of fantastic preconference sessions lined up for our 2021 conference! We have virtual and in-person attendance options. Check out the schedule and click the title to view full session details. Bulk discounts are available if you register for more...

Reminder- Charleston In Between Virtual Event, July 28, 2021

WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM EASTERN Please don't forget to Register! The Charleston Conference is planning a very special “In Between” half-day virtual mini-conference event to explore important late-breaking developments that can’t wait til November for...

“Call For Papers” Deadline Extended To July 21, 2021

The deadline for the "Call for Papers" for the 2021 Charleston Conference has been extended to Wednesday, July 21, 2021. Have an original idea or a topic related to the the Conference theme? We want to hear about your proposal! SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL Questions should be...

Charleston Conference Call For Papers Deadline: July 16, 2021

The Call for Papers Deadline for the 2021 Charleston Conference is July 16, 2021. SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL The 2021 Charleston Library Conference will be a hybrid event, with opportunities to attend and present in person in beautiful, historic downtown Charleston, or...

Reminder-Call For Papers Deadline Is July 16, 2021

2021 Call for Papers SUBMISSION DEADLINE: FRIDAY, JULY 16, 2021 CALL FOR PAPER PROPOSAL GUIDELINESCONFERENCE DATES: NOVEMBER 1 – 5 The 2021 Charleston Library Conference will be a hybrid event, with opportunities to attend and present in person in beautiful, historic...


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