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Office of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Analytics

University of South Carolina
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 that are located on the Columbia campus are Thomas Cooper Library, Business Administration Library, Mathematics Library, Music Library, and South Carolinian Library.

The Thomas Cooper Library is a seven-story structure near the geographic center of campus. The library seats 2,400 people; contains more than 3 million volumes, 4 million microfilms, 1 million manuscripts, 300,000 maps, and 875,427 government documents; and houses the University's special collections. The library contains a Student Computer Lab, with more than 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 (Innovative Interfaces), online circulation system (Innovative Interfaces), online acquisitions system (Innovative Interfaces), 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 more than 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 more than 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 School of Law 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 Innovative Interfaces 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 Veterans 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 more than 95,000 volumes of highly specialized material relating to medicine and subscribes to more than 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 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 Innovative Interfaces system.

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

Holdings

FY 02
FY 03
FY 04
FY 05
FY 06
 

Volumes

3,333,764
3,374,496
3,436,445
3,498,445
3,560,258

Microforms

5,008,383
5,060,469
5,108,721
5,116,024
5,143,017

Periodical Titles

21,836
22,744
24,152
23,740
53,610

US Documents

876,308
906,605
915,996
926,650
926,650

Maps

312,502
313,400
315,585
313,495
313,495

Graphic Units

250,000
250,000
250,000
250,000
250,000

Audio Units

33,953
34,315
35,149
34,851
35,989

Film/Video Units

11,997
12,333
13,913
13,000
14,414

Cartographic Units

338,000
338,000
313,400
313,400
320,374
 

Circulation

-
-
-
-
386,801
 

Inter-Library Loan

Borrowed

26,403
19,117
20,166
19,650
16,494

Loaned

21,095
22,019
26,061
21,500
18,908

Total

47,498
41,136
46,227
41,150
35,402
 

Reference Questions

228,778
167,964
171,063
174,800
166,400