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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, Hollings Special Collections Library, Business Administration Library, Mathematics Library, Music Library, Moving Image Research Collections, and South Caroliniana 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, 5 million microfilms, 1 million manuscripts, 300,000 maps, and 961,000 government documents. 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 127 full-time employees and supplemented by approximately 100 student assistants. Forty-nine 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 OCLC and Lyrasis Library Networks, which provide 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), 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 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 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 Innovative Interfaces system.


Combined holdings for the University Libraries, the Coleman Karesh Law Library, and the School of Medicine Library:
Holdings
FY 07
FY 08
FY 09
FY 10
FY 11
 
Volumes
3,579,504
3,884,645
3,320,392
3,963,958
4,023,693
Microforms
5,306,418
5,357,428
5,394,547
5,430,971
5,498,539
Periodical Titles
51,540
63,715
66,309
67,016
78,061
US Documents
937,420
944,768
951,954
957,074
961,200
Maps
323,412
323,474
325,818
327,266
329,268
Graphic Units
250,071
250,090
250,294
250,733
250,821
Audio Units
38,431
38,412
39,000
42,515
43,867
Film/Video Units
17,209
17,486
17,805
62,750
63,326
Cartographic Units
321,570
323,474
325,818
327,266
329,268
E-books
6,618
96,766
101,161
128,066
168,879
 
Circulation
583,206
301,406
254,624
319,163
350,228
 
Inter-Library Loan
Borrowed
18,103
18,538
17,391
16,738
21,995
Loaned
19,481
19,696
17,142
17,680
19,543
Total
37,584
38,234
34,533
34,418
41,538
 
Reference Questions
134,540
148,446
109,344
108,770
86,480