Organization. The Timrod, one of only two membership libraries in South Carolina, is governed by a Board of Directors headed by the President. The Board meets monthly to execute business. Board members, three employees, and countless volunteers work diligently to maintain and enhance the mission of the Timrod in the Summerville community.

Since it is not a public library, the Timrod depends on dues, fees, gifts, bequests, memorials, and the generosity of friends for the funding to maintain and expand its collection and to preserve its historic building.

Honor and memorial gifts are graciously received and are appropriately acknowledged. A Timrod bookplate naming the donor and the honoree identifies memorial books.

Annual Membership. The Timrod is a membership library open to everyone; any contribution above the basic dues is tax-deductible. 

  • Family: $25.00
  • Patron: $50.00

Our Programs. The library offers many programs to the community – cultural, literary and social.

  • A lecture series each February
  • A Book Fair each fall
  • A discussion group most third Sundays at three o’clock pm
  • A Patrons’ party each spring
  • A Southern shrimp boil each September
  • Multiple literary events held throughout the year
  • A summer story time for children of the community.
  • A cooperative venture with after school care programs to provide library time for children 

The Timrod also occasionally provides meeting space for local civic and educational organizations.