University Libraries’ facilities* are intended for use by University of South Carolina students, faculty, and staff for research, study and learning, and access to support services offered by our University partners. As a division of a state-supported public institution, University Libraries strives to make our on-site collections as available as possible to community users, while simultaneously fulfilling our primary obligation to the University of South Carolina - Columbia campus.
The University Libraries operate several facilities on the University of South Carolina Columbia campus. These spaces are governed by University Policy. In order to maintain a welcoming environment conducive to research and study, all library patrons are expected to conduct themselves in a responsible manner. University Libraries may refuse access to the building and/or service to any user who acts irresponsibly by disrupting use of the facilities or by being disrespectful to other users or employees. Unacceptable behaviors include but are not limited to the following:
- Being disruptive in any manner that creates in the University Libraries an environment that is not conducive to study or research;
- Preventing or postponing timely access to the library or University resources through theft or misuse of materials or equipment.
- Violation of any laws or University policies, including policies on computers and network use, electronic communications, and sexual harassment; and
- Vandalism or defacement of materials, equipment, or library property.
Visitors not affiliated with the University of South Carolina are welcome to use the facility to access library research materials (with some restrictions), conduct business with library staff or partner entities, or to attend events. Visitors not using the building for its intended purpose may be asked to leave. Additional policies apply to specific library spaces. For more information, please visit:
*Thomas Cooper Library, South Caroliniana Library, Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library, Music Library, Moving Image Research Collections, and the Library Annex and Conservation Facility.