About the Lending Library

The Sam Nickles Memorial Library housed at the Harriet Hancock Center contains 2500+ LGBTQ-oriented books including adult fiction and non fiction, children’s picture books and young adult novels and provides a quiet space for reading and reflection.

The library contains two laptops that are available for use in the center for research, job placement, and other educational purposes.

The library is currently under reorganization with the collection being catalogued via the 'LibraryThing' application for small community based libraries and the collection will be available online along with modes to check out books housed in the collection.

If you wish to donate to the collection please contact us at library@lgbtcentersc.org in order to process requests and arrange times for pick up or delivery.

Important Note about Donations: We are limited on space, so we can’t accept all donations into our collection. We will prioritize donations of books that we are in need of:

  • Trans fiction (high priority for books written by trans writers)

  • LGBTQ up-to-date health and law books

  • Bisexual fiction

  • Children and YA fiction and nonfiction

  • Genre fiction (science fiction, fantasy, western, etc)

  • Graphic novels, photography books, manga

About Sam Nickles

Sam nickles in san francisco

Sam nickles in san francisco

Samuel Lindsay Nickles was born in Hodges, SC to W.A. "Al" and Martha Jean Anderson Nickles of Hodges, SC, where his father served many years as the Mayor. He graduated from USC and worked at Policy Management Systems where he was named Outstanding Employee of the year in 1989. He was a member of Columbia's Unitarian Universalist Congregation, was co-founder of 'AmPositive BePositive' and a sustaining member of the Gay and Lesbian Community Center. He passed away at the age of 35 on July 16, 1995.