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University Libraries


The resources, collections and staff of University Libraries are located in multiple buildings around and off campus. Get detailed information about locations and access interactive maps of each one. 

Thomas Cooper Library

Thomas Cooper Library

The primary library for students at the University of South Carolina, Thomas Cooper Library houses seven levels of research materials, subject matter experts and partner organizations that complement your learning experience.

Hollings Library

Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library

The Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, South Carolina Political Collections, and Digital Collections share the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library and the Dorothy B. Smith Reading Room.


Moving Image Research Collections

MIRC is among the top film conservation labs and film repositories in the nation. Its' holdings comprise more than 8,000 hours of film and video material.

music library

Music Library

Located at the USC School of Music, the Music Library's collection is one of the largest in the southeast and features books, scores, print and electronic journals, audio and video recordings, and special collections.

South Caroliniana Library

South Caroliniana Library

The South Caroliniana Library is one of the premier research archives and special collections repositories in the state of South Carolina and the southeastern United States. Its' holdings are essential to the understanding of South Carolina and Southern culture over the last 300 years.

Library Anne

USC Library Annex

Located in Northeast Columbia near the South Carolina State Archives, the Library Annex provides a solution to the overcrowding of the university's libraries. This state-of-the-art building is designed to house materials of academic value and maintain them in a controlled environment.



University Libraries’ facilities* are intended for use by University of South Carolina students, faculty, and staff for research, study and learning, and access to support services offered by our University partners. As a division of a state-supported public institution, University Libraries strives to make our on-site collections as available as possible to community users, while simultaneously fulfilling our primary obligation to the University of South Carolina - Columbia campus.

The University Libraries operate several facilities on the University of South Carolina Columbia campus. These spaces are governed by University Policy In order to maintain a welcoming environment conducive to research and study, all library patrons are expected to conduct themselves in a responsible manner. University Libraries may refuse access to the building and/or service to any user who acts irresponsibly by disrupting use of the facilities or by being disrespectful to other users or employees. Unacceptable behaviors include but are not limited to the following:

  • Being disruptive in any manner that creates in the University Libraries an environment that is not conducive to study or research;
  • Preventing or postponing timely access to the library or University resources through theft or misuse of materials or equipment.
  • Violation of any laws or University policies, including policies on computers and network use, electronic communications, and sexual harassment; and
  • Vandalism or defacement of materials, equipment, or library property.

Visitors not affiliated with the University of South Carolina are welcome to use the facility to access library research materials (with some restrictions), conduct business with library staff or partner entities, or to attend events. Visitors not using the building for its intended purpose may be asked to leave. Additional policies apply to specific library spaces. For more information, please visit:

Ernest F. Hollings Library
Music Library
South Caroliniana Library
Library Annex
Moving Image Research Collections

*Thomas Cooper Library, South Caroliniana Library, Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library, Music Library, Moving Image Research Collections, and the Library Annex and Conservation Facility.