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All University of South Carolina system institutions will be closed through the end of the spring semester. Columbia campus virtual instruction will continue through the end of the Summer II semester (Aug 1). Details can be found on the coronavirus landing page.

University Libraries

Software and Hardware

University Libraries provides a variety of computing resources to support the needs of students, faculty and staff for research and coursework.

Alternative Software

Office Tools (Word, PowerPoint, etc.)

  • Microsoft Office 365: Free to all USC faculty, staff, and students. Login into your Office 365 website and install Office 365 client to your computer.
  • LibreOffice: An open source alternative to Microsoft Office.

Statistical Programs

  • R: Free software for statistical computing, a great alternative to SAS (Quantitative).
  • R Studio: Free software for statistical computer, a great alternative to NVivo and SPSS (Qualitative).
  • GNU PSPP: free software for statistical analysis, a great alternative to SPSS.


Internet /Web Services



Software Available

Programs on all desktop computers in the library:

  • Adobe Reader
  • Audacity
  • CDBurner XP
  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Edge
  • GIMP
  • Google Earth
  • Maple17
  • Microsoft Office 365
  • MBF Bioscience - Biolucida
  • Notepad++
  • Open Office
  • QuickTime
  • R
  • RStudio
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser
  • VLC Media Player
  • Visual Studio Code
  • Windows DVD Maker
  • Windows Movie Maker
  • Windows Live Photo Gallery
  • Windows Media Player
  • 7-Zip

Specialized software in Cooper Technology Lounge on Level 5:

  • Adobe CC – Computers 48-55
  • Adobe Acrobat Pro – Computers 48-63
  • Bloomberg Terminal – Computers 61-63
  • JAWS (Screen Reading Software) - Computer 56
  • SAS, SPSS, NVivo – Computers 1-3

All Mac desktops have additional software:

  • GarageBand
  • iMovie
  • Keynote
  • Numbers
  • Pages

Hardware Available

Desktop workstations and printers are located in Thomas Cooper Library on the Main Level and in Cooper Technology Lounge on Level 5.

  • Windows and Mac desktop computers
  • Scanners for Windows and Mac
  • B&W and color printers

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