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Hollings Library Dedication

University to dedicate Hollings Library July 23

The University of South Carolina will dedicate The Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library Friday, July 23. Vice President Joe Biden will speak, and a number of dignitaries and elected officials, including Sen. Hollings and U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, will be featured.

The event will be streamed live online, beginning at 11:30 a.m Friday. To view it, go to

The Hollings library, which is connected to the Thomas Cooper Library by a glass-enclosed walkway on the main level, was completed in June. In addition to the S.C. Political Collections, the $18 million, 50,000-square-foot facility will house the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections and Digital Collections.

Dean of Libraries Tom McNally says the new Hollings Library will better serve students, researchers, donors of materials and staff.

“This is an exciting time in the history of university libraries,” said McNally. “The Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library pulls together three areas of collections in one working environment that is unsurpassed by any repository in the country.

“The Hollings Library makes it possible for the rare and valuable treasures from the university’s collections to be accessible for students, researchers and the public through reading, research, class and meeting rooms, a mini-theater and large exhibition galleries.”

Hollings was instrumental in securing the $14 million in federal funds for the building. The senator gave his personal papers to the university in 1989, a gesture that encouraged friends and fellow former Govs. James B. Edwards and John C. West to place their papers with the South Carolina Political Collections (SCPC). Soon thereafter, Govs. Robert McNair and Carroll Campbell also placed their papers with SCPC. As a result of Hollings’ support, the SCPC is unparalleled in its holdings of the state’s congressional delegates, leaders in the General Assembly, governors, political parties and organizations.

Hollings says the library will be a repository of knowledge that will benefit all South Carolina citizens.

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The Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library

  • What: $18 million, 50,000-square-foot facility to house S.C. Political Collections, Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections and Digital Collections
  • When: Dedication scheduled for Friday, July 23
  • Who: Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Hollings, U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, others to be featured.

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