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Library Support during COVID-19/Coronavirus

Using the Library during the COVID Pandemic
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:

Available Spaces and Services in Thomas Cooper Library
The library is open for study, course viewing, and computing for all UofSC students, faculty and staff.

  • Open study space available on Levels 4, 5, Main and Mezzanine
  • Quiet study space on Level 5 next to the Career Center
  • Make advance reservations for course viewing spaces
  • Desktops, scanners and printing available in the Technology Lounge on Level 5
  • Borrow technology: laptops, iPads, cameras, GoPros and more!
  • Requested books can be picked up from the shelf on the right just inside the entrance

For Remote Learners
Library resources and services are still available for students who are not on campus.

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

  • Check our current hours before visiting.
  • Face coverings must be worn by unvaccinated patrons at all times when in the libraries.
  • Faculty, staff and students will need to scan their CarolinaCard before they can enter the library.
  • 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.
  • The library is currently closed to the general public.
  • Visitors, including alumni, may request an appointment to access collections onsite.
  • See the full Building Use Policy for additional details.

Getting and Returning Materials
Request print materials for delivery or contactless pickup.

  • 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.