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Library Overview for Spring 2022

Update: This guide will expire after July 1, 2022

Please note that this page will expire and no longer be available after July 1, 2022. It was created as a source of information about library services during and after the pandemic closure and is no longer needed.

Visit our regular website to learn about accessing our collections and services.


Staying Safe

In an effort to provide a safe environment for the University community, face coverings or masks are encouraged inside the library. We also strongly encourage vaccination, handwashing and social distancing of at least 3 feet.

Please use the links below to find the most up-to-date information.

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

  • All levels are back open for study, including group study rooms and the Graduate Student Study
  • Books stacks are open for browsing and book check out without making an advance request
  • Desktops, scanners and printers are available in the Technology Lounge on Level 5
  • Borrow technology: laptops, iPads, cameras, GoPros and more
  • Print textbooks are available for short-term loans within the library

Visiting the Libraries
Masks are mandatory in the library buildings, and we encourage social distancing of at least 3 feet.

  • Check our current hours before visiting
  • Faculty, staff and students will need to scan their CarolinaCard before they can enter the library
  • Visitors, including alumni, community members and Friends of University Libraries, must register using a valid photo ID at the entrance
  • Advance appointments are required to access special collections areas and related services
  • See the full Building Use Policy for additional details

Getting and Returning Materials
Request print items for pickup or browse the stacks for materials and go to Circulation for check out.

  • Book stacks on all levels are now open for browsing and check out.
  • You can still request books in advance through the Find It @ UofSC Libraries catalog.
  • When requesting, you can have books held for pickup at the library.
  • For library pickup, you should receive an email confirmation that your materials are ready.
  • 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.
  • There are several ways to return materials, including two drive-up book drops on campus.

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