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Membership Levels

Becoming a Friend of University Libraries is a unique opportunity to enrich your life with experiences and conversations about art, literature, music, film and history, and to meet others who share your passions.  

While the most valuable benefit of joining Friends of University Libraries is supporting UofSC students’ research, learning and discovery within our Libraries and special collections, your membership comes with additional benefits according to these levels.

Core benefits include:

  • Open house tours of libraries and special collections departments
  • Limited borrowing privileges from Thomas Cooper Library
  • Invitations to University Libraries events, exhibitions and programs
  • 15% discount on all purchases at Barefoot Campus Outfitter in Columbia, S.C.

Garnet - $50

  • Core benefits with one member access card

Garnet Plus - $65

  • Core benefits with two member access cards (same household)

Bronze - $250

  • Core benefits with two member access cards
  • Reserved seating at Libraries events

Silver - $1,000

  • Core benefits with up to two member access cards
  • Reserved seating at Libraries events
  • Invitations to pre-event receptions with event guest speakers
  • Private tours of special collections and vaults, upon request
  • Exclusive Libraries-sponsored trips and excursions (additional costs may apply)

Gold - $2,500

  • Core benefits with up to four member access cards
  • Priority seating at Libraries events
  • Invitations to pre-event receptions with event guest speakers
  • Private tours of special collections and vaults, upon request
  • Private tours of new collections with curators
  • Exclusive Libraries-sponsored trips and excursions (additional costs may apply) 
  • Two half-price tickets to paid Libraries events
  • Invitation to annual complimentary “Lunch with the Dean”
  • University Libraries-sponsored athletic event tickets, depending on availability
  • Special recognition in print and electronic communications
  • Discount on USC Press books sold at Libraries events

Dean’s Circle - $5,000

  • Core benefits with up to six member access cards
  • Premier seating at University Libraries events
  • Invitations to pre-event receptions with event guest speakers
  • Private tours of special collections and vaults, upon request
  • Private tours of new collections with curators
  • Exclusive Libraries-sponsored trips and excursions (additional costs may apply) 
  • Two complimentary tickets to paid Libraries events
  • Invitation to annual complimentary “Dinner with the Dean”
  • University Libraries-sponsored athletic event tickets, depending on availability
  • Special recognition in print and electronic communications
  • One complimentary book of choice from a Fall Literary Festival author

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