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University of South Carolina Libraries became a Federal Depository Library in 1884 - 125 years ago.


When you see this logo at a library, it means they are members of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP).

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Thomas Cooper Library
Government Information, Microforms, Newspapers, and Maps Departments
Level 5

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125th Anniversary WELCOME

Welcome! The University of South Carolina is celebrating its 125th year as a federal depository library. USC is a regional depository library which means we receive all printed government publications. The emphasis is on printed, but formats vary. We have material on paper, microcard, microfiche, and compact disc. Printed material includes the obvious books and magazines, but also covers pamphlets, posters, maps, and puzzles. In the last few years, the government has been providing increased access to its materials through the internet. The age and quantity of information on the internet varies with each agency, but most of the information is relatively new.

That is where we can serve you best! We have various print indexes to search for material from the start of our existence as a depository library. Government documents houses some incredible documents of historical importance as well as information on daily government business.

In the next few months, material will be on display on the Mezzanine Level of Thomas Cooper Library, a summary of those items will be listed in this LibGuide, click on the What's on Exhibit tab. Please enjoy viewing these items. There will also be items on Virtual Exhibit only.

Stop on by. You'll find access to printed government documents on level 5 at the Thomas Cooper Library.

Class of 1884 - Federal Depository Library Program

Where could you find government documents in 1884?  These are the libraries that provided access to government documents.  Is there one near you or your hometown?  Is it still open today?

Yes, we're on the list. 

The University of South Carolina is celebrating 125 years as a depository library.