Libraries and Collections
Home to the oldest freestanding college library in the U.S., our university libraries build on that tradition with special collections ranging from early medieval manuscripts to modern literature and politics.
Thomas Cooper Library
Although the Thomas Cooper Library building is currently closed, 95 percent of our services, resources and employees are available remotely. The library continues to provide access to hundreds of online research databases and thousands of online journals, ebooks and streaming films. Librarians and other subject experts continue to be available through live chat and Book a Librarian services.
University of South Carolina Law Library
With more than 500,000 volumes, we are South Carolina's largest law library and one of the larger in the Southeast. You will be able to find answers to almost any question of law, regardless of its complexity. We serve our students and faculty as well as the larger university community and all South Carolinians.
Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library
Hollings Library is home to three of our special collections: Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, South Carolina Political Collections, and Digital Collections. This state-of-the-art facility features rotating exhibits from the collections as well as a reading room, seminar rooms, and a large program space.
We have one of the largest collections in the Southeast of books, scores, print and electronic journals, audio and video recordings and special collections. You can check out circulating audio and video recordings or view and listen in the library.
School of Medicine Library
Our library is your connection to more than 28,000 biomedical electronic journals, 400 electronic textbooks and 80 biomedical databases. Our print collection has more than 116,000 volumes. Most of our services and resources can be accessed through our website. We also are home for the Center for Disability Resources library collection.
South Caroliniana Library
The oldest freestanding college library in the U.S., this library is the repository of the Palmetto State’s documented history and literature. With five major research divisions – published materials, manuscripts, university archives, oral history and visual materials – it is a vital resource for researchers from around the world.
In an effort to bring more information to more people, we have undertaken a project to make many of our volumes available in digital formats. Our work includes the production, maintenance, delivery and preservation of digital resources for our scholars and students and for the general public.
Educational Film Collection
We have an extensive collection of videotapes, 16 mm films and DVDs for classroom and educational uses. Our staff can help students, faculty and staff select the best films for a wide range of subject areas.
Government Information and Maps
The Government Information and Maps Department is a regional depository library of Federal government publications as well as a depository of European Union publications. The department’s collections also include maps, atlases and the largest collection of South Carolina aerial photos available for research.
Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections
The Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections is committed to preserving the materials in its collections and making them accessible. Although the campus is currently closed, you can virtually explore collections ranging from early medieval manuscripts to historical scientific works to modern literature. For assistance, contact email@example.com.
Moving Image Research Collections
Our holdings include the United States Marine Corps Film Repository, the Fox Movietone News Collection, local television news, home video collections, microcinemagraphic nature films, and documentary films. Although the campus is currently closed, we are available virtually to answer any reference needs, access queries or questions about our collections.
South Carolina Political Collections
South Carolina Political Collections supports the study of contemporary government and society by collecting and making available materials documenting South Carolina government and political activities at the local, state and national levels. Although the Hollings Library is currently closed, our remote services and digital collections are readily available.