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Office of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Analytics

University Libraries

The library resources of the University of South Carolina are housed primarily in the Thomas Cooper Library, the Coleman Karesh Law Library of the School of Law, and the School of Medicine Library. The University of South Carolina holds membership in the Association of Research Libraries.

University Libraries

The components of the University Libraries which are located on the Columbia campus are Thomas Cooper Library, Business Administration Library, Mathematics Library, Music Library, and South Caroliniana Library.

The Thomas Cooper Library is a seven story structure near the geographic center of the campus. The Library seats 2,400 people, contains over 3,000,000 volumes, 4,000,000 microfilms, 1,000,000 manuscripts, 300,000 maps, 800,000 government documents and houses the University's special collections. The Library contains a Student Computer Lab, with over 200 IBM and Macintosh networked workstations, 900 locked faculty and graduate student study carrels, and 40 group study rooms.

The staff of the Thomas Cooper library and its affiliated libraries is composed of 164 full-time and 4 part-time employees and supplemented by approximately 100 student assistants. Sixty-two of the full time staff are librarians holding faculty positions with appropriate degrees in library science from accredited library schools.

University Libraries hold membership in the Southeastern Library Network, which provides online automated cataloging services and interlibrary lending. Other automated services include an online catalog (NOTIS), online circulation system (NOTIS), online acquisitions system (NOTIS), a CD-ROM network, and online reference service from a variety of vendors. The online catalog is available from off-campus locations.

Coleman Karesh Law Library

The Coleman Karesh Law Library, the largest law library in the State of South Carolina, is located in the Law Center. The Law Library is an integral part of the School of Law, reporting administratively to the Dean of the Law School. In addition to supporting the research and study of the University's law students and law faculty, the Law Library serves the legal research needs of other University students and faculty and the state's legal community and public.

The four-story facility houses a collection of over 300,000 volumes. The focus of the collection is primary and secondary American Law materials, but includes a growing collection of international law materials. The Law Library provides seating for over 600 researchers, including carrels, study rooms, and open table seating.

The Law Library staff consists of 15 full-time employees and 5 FTE of temporary and student employees. The seven librarians of the law Library staff hold graduate degrees in library science. Four of the librarians also have legal training. The librarians, with the exception of the Director of the Law Library, are members of the Law Library Faculty. The Director of the Law Library is a member of the Law School Faculty.

The Law Library holds membership in the Southeastern Library Network for cataloging and interlibrary loan. The Law Library also participates in the University's automated NOTIS system, utilizing the online catalog, acquisitions and circulation modules.

School of Medicine Library

The School of Medicine Library is located approximately four miles from the main campus. It is an integral part of the School of Medicine which is adjacent to the Veteran's Administration Hospital on Garners Ferry Road. In addition to serving the School of Medicine, the Medical Library is an information resource for health care practitioners throughout the state.

The School of Medicine Library contains over 95,000 volumes of highly specialized material relating to medicine and subscribes to over 1,200 periodicals.

The Library staff is composed of 17 full-time employees, seven of whom are librarians who hold faculty positions and possess appropriate graduate degrees in library science. The Medical Library Faculty are tenure-track members of the School of Medicine Faculty.

The School of Medicine Library holds membership in the Southeastern Library Network for cataloging and interlibrary loan. The Medical Library participates in the University's automated NOTIS system.

Combined holdings for the University Libraries, the Coleman Karesh Law Library, and the School of Medicine Library.

Holdings

 

FY 98

FY 99

FY 00

FY 01

FY 02

 

Volumes

 

3,067,457

3,143,505

3,222,033

3,283,749

3,333,764

Microforms

 

4,651,675

4,789,734

4,866,878

4,939,906

5,008,383

Periodical Titles

 

18,933

18,976

20,468

21,426

21,836

US Documents

 

813,203

835,427

857,427

866,950

876,308

Maps

 

310,639

312,230

312,352

312,502

312,950

Graphic Units

 

250,000

250,000

250,000

250,000

250,000

Audio Units

 

31,493

32,483

32,895

33,378

33,953

Film/Video Units

 

9,428

10,383

11,194

11,579

11,997

Cartographic Units

 

338,000

338,000

338,000

338,000

338,000

 

Circulation

 

819,585

853,314

917,700

916,149

923,940

 

Inter-Library Loan

Borrowed

 

26,036

24,746

28,556

27,309

26,403

Loaned

 

13,800

17,731

19,126

18,983

21,095

Total

 

39,836

42,477

47,684

46,292

47,498

 

Reference Questions

 

111,670

215,225

258,817

238,181

228,778