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University Libraries

Borrow Library Materials

Learn about loan policies for the variety of books, films and other materials available in the University Libraries collections.

General Check Out Policies

  • Current USC students, faculty and staff can borrow an unlimited number of most materials
  • CarolinaCard ID is required
  • Check out at the Circulation Desk in Thomas Cooper or Music Library
  • Student accounts are blocked if fines reach $5.00
  • Return items to Circulation Desk or campus book drops located outside Thomas Cooper Library, in lobby of Gambrell Hall, and on the corner of Bull and Devine streets
  • Lost or unreturned items are subject to replacement fees

 

Details by Status and Material Types

Books

  • Loaned for 6 weeks with unlimited renewals
  • Fines $0.25/day

Films

  • Up to 2 films loaned for 2 days with 1 renewal

Books in General Circulation

  • Loaned until semester ends with unlimited renewals
  • Fines $0.25/day

Books in Juvenile and Popular Reading

  • Loaned for 6 weeks with unlimited renewals
  • Fines $0.25/day

Journal and Magazine Volumes

  • Loaned for 3 days with 10 renewals
  • Fines $1.00/day

Films

  • Up to 2 films loaned for 2 days with 1 renewal

Books in General Circulation and Juvenile

  • Loaned for 6 months with unlimited renewals

Books in Popular Reading

  • Loaned for 6 weeks with unlimited renewals

Journal and Magazine Volumes

  • Loaned for 3 days with unlimited renewals

Educational Films

  • Loaned for 3 days with 3 renewals

Browsing Films

  • Loaned for 3 days with 1 renewal

Books

  • Loaned for 6 weeks with unlimited renewals
  • Fines $0.25/day

Journal and Magazine Volumes

  • Loaned for 3 days with 10 renewals
  • Fines $1.00/day

Films

  • Up to 2 films loaned for 2 days with 1 renewal

Policies for All Borrowers

  • Loaned for 6 weeks with 1 renewal
  • Fines $0.25/day
  • Limit of 50 items

 

More Services

Need a book, but need it in a hurry? Request by phone (during Circulation's hours of operation) that it be held for you at the Circulation Desk. The Thomas Cooper Library Circulation Department is pleased to present Paging, a service with you in mind.

Not in a rush? Request the book from the online catalog by using our "Request" button found near the top of each item page. Just look for the button with the red check mark.

If a library book is checked out, you may place a recall on the book. The book will be due 2 weeks from the date recalled, unless the original due date is earlier. When the book is returned, the Circulation Department will hold the book and notify you.

Recalls may also be placed via an email request. To do so, please email us at ecirc@mailbox.sc.edu and include your full name, email address, phone number, and the title, author, and call number of the item you need recalled. You should receive a confirmation email within two working days. If you do not, please contact Joshua Smith at (803) 777-3145 for assistance.


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