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Thomas Cooper Library

The primary library for students at the University of South Carolina, Thomas Cooper Library houses seven levels of research materials, subject matter experts and partner organizations that complement your learning experience.

Location and Hours

Thomas Cooper Library is located at 1322 Greene Street, Columbia, SC (29208). Be sure to check the library's hours before you visit. 

 

Parking

Parking  is generally available in Bull Street Parking Garage. See below for walking directions from the garage to the library. Accessible parking is available behind Thomas Cooper Library.

Walking Directions (from Bull Street Garage to Thomas Cooper Library): 
Take the Bull Street Parking Garage elevator or stairs to Level 4. Walk through the garage to the wide brick walkway.  Walk on this brick walkway toward the concrete steps. At the top of the steps, turn left. The reflecting pool will be on the right. The entrance to Thomas Cooper Library will be on the left. 

 

Policies

Filming, Photography and Video Guidelines

In keeping with the educational mission of the University, use of University Libraries may be used as a location site for student or faculty film and/or video projects.  All requests for permission to photograph, film, or videotape in the University Libraries must be approved by the Communications Department according to the guidelines and procedures below.  Photography/filming for commercial or news media purposes must also be cleared through Wes Hickman, Vice President for Communications, and Director, News & Internal Communications, whickman@mailbox.sc.edu, 803-777-7440.

Guidelines:  Use of photographic or film equipment within the library.

  • Must be accomplished without interfering with the study, research, privacy or safety needs of library users.
  • Must not interfere with the ability of library staff to function.
  • Must be done within the constraints of all University of South Carolina policies, rules, or regulation.
  • Must not hinder access to exits, stairways, corridors, doorways, and other library facilities
  • May be restricted during periods of high library use.
  • Camera dollies, smoke, and smoke effects, etc are not allowed.
  • The filmmaker, photographer, and/or film crew will be responsible for returning library facilities to the original condition found before filming started. Library staff will not be responsible for moving furniture, setting up film shots, or assisting with the film setup or take down.
  • The filmmaker/photographer will be charged for the repair of any damage incurred.
  • The filmmaker/photographer must obtain the prior consent of any individual, including any library users or library staff, who will appear in or be the subject of the photography/videotaping/filming.

Individuals or groups who photograph or film within the library must:

  • Complete the Filming Request Form as far in advance of the requested time as possible.
  • Receive a copy of the approved and signed request form.
  • Obtain prior consent of any individual who is to be the subject of the photography/filming.

Right to Terminate
The library reserves the right to terminate any photography, videotaping, or filming that causes an undue disturbance, violates Libraries or University policies or regulations, or endangers the health and safety of participants, library users, and library staff.

If you have any questions, please contact the Thomas Cooper Library Communications Department at libcommo@mailbox.sc.edu or Jane Olsgaard at olsgaard@mailbox.sc.edu

Poster Frame Guidelines

Thomas Cooper Library provides a limited space for advertising through placement of posters.  To ensure the advertising is effective and organized, the following policy will apply.

Any registered campus organization may apply for use of the poster frame located on Main Level near the elevators.  Thomas Cooper will accept reservations at any time of the year with the exception of winter and spring break.  For reservations, please complete the attached form.

Content:

  • Only registered campus organizations may apply for reservations.
  • Posters must promote university related activities or efforts.
  • Requests for promotions of political campaigns will not be accepted.
  • No advertising for restaurants, gambling, or illegal activities.
  • A copy of the proposed poster must be approved by the library before they are placed.
  • Thomas Cooper Library reserves the right to deny a request for any poster.
  • Any requests denied, or content that does not fulfill these guidelines may be placed on the information board on the Main floor. (This board is cleared every Monday morning.)

Reservations:

  • To make reservations please fully complete the attached form.
  • Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance and are recognized on a first come, first served basis.
  • When making reservations please have at least one back up date in mind.
  • Campus organizations may utilize the poster frame in Thomas Cooper Library for one-week periods once a semester.
  • If your request cannot be honored you may elect to be put on a waiting list for your proposed dates.
  • Thomas Cooper Library reserves the right to deny any reservations.

Design:

  • Posters may be sized 11” x 17” up to 18” x 24” and sit vertically in the frames.
  • All designs must be approved by the library.
  • Organizations are expected to provide all posters ready to be placed in the frames.
  • Thick, heavy-duty paper is suggested.

Placement:

  • Posters should be brought to the Communications Department at least two days prior to the beginning of the advertising week.
  • Staff in the Library Communications Department, will hang the posters in the frames.
  • Library staff will remove the posters on the last day of their assigned week.
  • If the sponsoring group would like to keep the posters, arrangements can be made prior to hanging them in the library.
  • All posters not claimed, prior to hanging, will be discarded by library staff.

Thomas Cooper Library is not responsible for the destruction or defacing of posters.

Other areas for advertising within Thomas Cooper Library.

  1. Information board on the Main Floor near Cooper’s Corner. (This board is cleared every Monday morning.) 
  2. Table Tents.

If you have any questions, please contact the Thomas Cooper Library Communications Department at libcommo@mailbox.sc.edu or Jane Olsgaard at olsgaard@mailbox.sc.edu

Table Tent Guidelines

Because of the limited space available for table tent advertising, and to ensure that they are effective and not cluttered, the following policy will apply.

Any registered campus organization may apply for table tent space. Thomas Cooper will accept these reservations at any time of the year with the exception of winter and spring break. For reservations, please complete the attached form.

Content:

  • Only registered campus organizations may apply for reservations.
  • Table tents must promote university related activities or efforts.
  • Requests for promotions of political campaigns will not be accepted.
  • No advertising for restaurants, gambling, or illegal activities.
  • A copy of the proposed table tent must be approved by the library before they are placed.
  • Thomas Cooper Library reserves the right to deny a request for any table tent.
  • Any requests denied, or content that does not fulfill these guidelines may be placed on the information board on the Main floor. (This board is cleared every Monday morning.)

Reservations:

  • To make reservations please fully complete the attached form.
  • Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance and are recognized on a first come, first served basis.
  • Thomas Cooper Library can accommodate only one table tent campaign per week.
  • When making reservations please have at least one back up date in mind.
  • Campus organizations may utilize table tents at Thomas Cooper Library for one-week periods once a semester.
  • If your request cannot be honored you may elect to be put on a waiting list for your proposed dates.
  • Thomas Cooper Library reserves the right to deny any reservations.

Design:

  • All table tents will be three-sided and sit horizontally on the tables so as to ensure that they do not get knocked over or destroyed.
  • Other designs must be approved by the library.
  • Organizations are expected to provide all table tents, pre-folded, and ready to be placed.
  • Thick, heavy-duty paper is suggested.

Placement:

  • Thomas Cooper reserves the right to throw away any table tents that are defaced, or destroyed. It is then the responsibility of the organization to provide any replacements.
  • Table tents may be distributed no earlier than the first day of your reserved week.
  • Organizations must remove table tents on the last day of their assigned week. Any left-over table tents will be discarded by library staff.
  • Table tents may only be placed at large, group tables. They are not permitted in single-person study areas (computer stations, study carrels, etc.).
  • Suggested table tents placements:
    • Mezzanine Level – 5
    • Main Level – 25
    • Fifth Floor – 5
    • Fourth Floor – 5
    • Third Floor – 5
    • Second Floor – 5
    • First Floor – 10
  • There will be a $50.00 charge for non-compliance of these guidelines.

Thomas Cooper is not responsible for the destruction or defacing of table tents. Failure to comply with these guidelines will result in the forfeiture of table tent use for the rest of the academic school year, and may also incur a $50.00 charge.

Other areas for advertising within Thomas Cooper Library.

  1. Information board on the Main Floor near Cooper’s Corner. (This board is cleared every Monday morning.)

If you have any questions, please contact the Thomas Cooper Library Communications Department at libcommo@mailbox.sc.edu or Jane Olsgaard at olsgaard@mailbox.sc.edu