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Browse Special Collections

Special collections at University Libraries offer students and scholars a rich, hands-on research and learning experience. Explore our collections and discover something wonderful today.

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Digital Collections

Examine hundreds of thousands of digitized rare, fragile, historic and unique books, pamphlets, posters, diaries, manuscripts, maps, music, newspapers, photographs, postcards and more held at the libraries.  

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Educational Films

Enhance your teaching or learning experience with free video resources that cover every subject. We provide access to feature films, documentaries and TV shows that span genres and decades. 

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Government Information and Maps

As a Regional Federal Depository Library and South Carolina's only European Union depository, we house rich collections of government information, as well as maps, historical atlases, aerial photos and microform materials. 

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Moving Image Research Collections

Access thousands of hours of rare films including military, documentary, fictional and nature films as well as local television news and commercials, home movies and more from this repository of historic footage produced outside the feature film industry.

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Music Library

Borrow books, musical scores, print journals, audio and video recordings, and access multiple music databases. Archival collections can be viewed by appointment.

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Oral History

Listen to the stories of those who shared memories of their daily lives, communities, families, and notable events that shaped South Carolina, and find resources to support oral history work.

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Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections

Explore this vast collection which includes early medieval manuscripts, historical collections, literature, natural history and science, philosophy and religious studies, and bibliography and the book arts.

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South Carolina Political Collections

Learn about all aspects of society, communities, people and progress when you explore the collections of politicians, political parties, activists and more at this archive dedicated to contemporary government.

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South Caroliniana Library

Explore South Carolina, from manuscripts that document its early agricultural beginnings to collections that detail space exploration, at this landmark library that first opened its doors in 1820.