University of South Carolina

The Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library

♦ Construction on The Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library began the summer of 2008; university officials and Sen. Ernest “Fritz” Hollings announced the library Sept. 19, 2008.

♦ The $18 million Hollings Library comprises 50,000 square feet on three levels. Hollings was instrumental in securing $14 million in federal funds for the building.

♦ Architects Watson Tate Savory designed the Hollings Library in a classic but contemporary style. The library is accessed through the main floor of Thomas Cooper Library. It is open to researchers, students and visitors weekdays from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

♦ The Hollings Library is home to three departments of University Libraries: Digital Collections, the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections and the South Carolina Political Collections.

♦ Special features of the Hollings Library include a larger reading room and work areas for researchers, students and visitors; seminar rooms; a mini theater; exhibit galleries; a vault for the most valuable and rare treasures; a large meeting space for library events; a digitization center; and a room for audio-visual research.

♦ High-density compact shelves in stack areas provide 47,000 linear feet (about nine miles) for materials. These specially designed electronic shelves will accommodate 250,000 volumes of books and approximately 20 million manuscripts, political papers, folios, maps and framed items.

♦ The Hollings Library was designed and constructed at a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification level. The LEED Green Building Rating System is a national standard for developing sustainable buildings. A leader in sustainable building, the university was awarded LEED Silver for its Green (West) Quad residence hall and LEED Gold for its Honors Residence, which opened last fall.

♦ Green features of the Hollings Library include a reflective roof that deflects heat; a storm water treatment system that reduces oil and sediment flow during a rainfall; a drip irrigation system that reduces water use; energy-efficient glazing on windows to minimize energy use and cost; low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint, finishes and furnishings, a lighting system that activates only when someone is present; an extensive recycling and reuse program for the building’s construction and operation; and a cleaning program that uses green products to ensure a healthy environment.

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