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Library Support during COVID-19/Coronavirus

Changes for Fall 2020 Semester
In an effort to provide a safe environment for the University community, University Libraries has changed the way patrons access our collections and spaces. Most of the major changes are outlined below. For additional details:

Visiting the Libraries
Learn about new safety protocols, hours and other changes within the library buildings.

  • Face coverings must be worn at all times when in the libraries.
  • Faculty, staff and students will be required to scan their CarolinaCard before they can enter the library.
  • Check our new open hours for the fall semester before visiting.
  • No outside food allowed.
  • Levels 1 – 3 of Thomas Cooper Library are closed.
  • All Thomas Cooper Library print stacks are closed, and only Circulation staff may enter stack areas.
  • Students can reserve individual spaces to view live or recorded online courses.
  • The library is closed to the general public for the fall semester.
  • Visitors, including alumni, may request an appointment to access collections onsite.
  • See the full Building Use Policy for additional details.

Getting and Returning Materials

  • Book requests must be made in advance through Find It@UofSC Libraries.
  • All book stacks are closed. Only library staff will be able to pull books from the shelves.
  • When requesting, you can select home delivery or have books held for contactless pickup at the library.
  • For library pickup, wait to receive an email confirmation that your materials are ready before visiting the library.
  • Due to COVID-19, there will be no physical reserves or textbook loans.
  • To request films, contact the Educational Films department.
  • You can use Scan and Deliver to get PDF copies of individual chapters or articles from the print collection. 
  • You must make an appointment in advance to use special collections.
  • Learn about your access options for items noted as "Physical use temporarily prohibited" in Find It @ UofSC Libraries.
  • There are several ways to return materials, including a drive-by book drop.