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University Libraries Building Use Policy

Visitor Access Policy

USC Visitors

University Libraries’ facilities* are intended for use by current University of South Carolina students, faculty, and staff for research, study and learning, and access to support services offered by the university. Presentation of a valid physical CarolinaCard is required for access to Thomas Cooper Library, Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library, and the South Caroliniana Library Reading Room located within Thomas Cooper Library.

Non-USC Visitors

Members of the general public and other visitors, including Friends of the Libraries members and alumni, are required to register using a valid identification card upon entering the libraries. More information is available on the Visitor Services page.

Special Collections Libraries

Appointments are required to access special collections and related services. Please contact the appropriate department to request an appointment.

Building Policy

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
  • Vandalism or defacement of materials, equipment or library property

Public Health Policy

During the COVID-19 pandemic, University Libraries buildings are governed by the public health protocols in place for the University of South Carolina. These policies apply to university-affiliated visitors as well as visitors not affiliated with the university. These policies are subject to change.

Additional policies

Additional policies may apply to specific library spaces. For more information, please visit:

Ernest F. Hollings Library
Music Library
South Caroliniana Library
Library Annex
Moving Image Research Collections

*University Libraries facilities include: 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.

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