Starbucks is coming to T-Coop!

When it opens in mid-January, the newest Starbucks on campus will offer its signature coffee and espresso drinks in the library.

Until then, the area formerly known as Cooper’s Corner — located in the far left corner on the Main floor — has closed and a full-service Starbucks is being built there.

Construction began during Fall Break and is expected to be complete by the start of the spring semester. Coming soon to the construction wall: a large mural showing what the new Starbucks will look like.

Of course there will be some changes during the transformation, but those changes will be temporary:

  • You can still purchase coffee, soda, juice, and select food items at kiosks now located in that area.
  • The big study tables have been moved to other spaces on the Main floor, so no seating has been lost.
  • The construction area has been enclosed in a high-walled “box” to muffle any noise.
  • Expect to see construction workers moving around the area.
  • One of the collaborative technology study rooms adjacent to the area is being reconfigured and should re-open later this week.

Something that won’t change — our spectacular study spaces and research resources are still here for you, and so are our helpful librarians.

Watch this blog spot for regular updates!

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T-Coop Photo Contest 2017

Thanks to everyone who entered the T-Coop Photo Contest!

This year we asked for shots of your favorite spot in Thomas Cooper Library. Everyone had a different spot!

Here are some of the entries:

First-place winner by Abigail Takacs

Runner-up winner by Simeon Roberts

Photo by Shanshan Zhang

Photo by Nathanael Petit

Photo by Emmanuel Torres

Photo by Erik Preedom

Photo by Mary Lambdin

Photo by Mary Lambdin

Photo by Aaron Greenberg

Photo by Gavin Bruns

Photo by Gavin Bruns

Photo by Mary Kiser

Photo by Alicia Wilson

Photo by Lauren Kunselman

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April/May 2017

Welcome to Insider, a guide for students from the University Libraries — Thomas Cooper Library, Hollings Special Collections Library, South Caroliniana Library, Music Library, and the online Business Library.

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De-stress for exam success

Finish strong this semester with Namast’ay at TCoop.

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Library hours

Thomas Cooper Library is open to students 24/7 April 23 – May 1. Bring your Carolina Card to get in after 9 p.m. Room 412 on Level 4 and Room 218 on Level 2 will be open for extra study space during Finals Week. Cooper’s Corner will be open and serving food and coffee 24/7, beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 25 and ending 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 2.

The Music Library and South Caroliniana Library also have quiet study spaces.

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T-Coop Photo Contest winners

Congrats to pharmacy major Abigail Takacs! She won first place and a $50 Barnes and Noble gift card. Her favorite spot in the library? Sitting at a long table on the Main Level, surrounded by friends.

See more photos, and the runner-up, here.

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Good luck on exams and have a great summer!

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March/April 2017

Welcome to Insider, a monthly guide for students from the University Libraries — Thomas Cooper Library, Hollings Special Collections Library, South Caroliniana Library, Music Library, and the online Business Library.

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Enter to win

What is your favorite spot in TCoop? Snap a photo and enter it in the TCoop Photo Contest. Entries accepted until 11 p.m. March 30. Prizes for 1st and 2nd place.

Did you use USC Libraries resources to write a research paper or complete a creative project? Enter your project in the annual Undergraduate Research Award competition. Cash prizes. Submission deadline is 9 a.m. Friday, April 21.

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Upgrades

Looking for quiet group study space? We’ve added new collaborative seating on TCoop Level 4, and more electrical outlets on Level 4 and the Mezzanine.

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Tame the research beast

Check out our new digital collections for ideas on research topics.

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Go!

  • Join us for the panel discussion “Learn More for Less with Free Open Educational Resources” at 3 p.m. in Scholars Corner, TCL Lobby, March 28. We’ll talk about how using Open Educational Resources can make higher ed more affordable.
  • Then, on March 29, meet us on the TCL Patio to learn about free textbooks and other resources. Look for the Open Educational Resources Table from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
  • Medieval Manuscripts Lecture, “The Lindisfarne Gospels: Bringing the ‘Good News’ from East to West,” with Dr. Michelle Brown, University of London
  • Altered Books: Memories Unhinged” exhibit, work by art education students, on display through April 28, TCL Lobby
  • Pet a Pup, April 25, 10 a.m. – noon, TCL Patio

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January/February 2017

Welcome to Insider, a monthly guide for students from the University Libraries — Thomas Cooper Library, Hollings Special Collections Library, South Caroliniana Library, Music Library, and the online Business Library.

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Scholars Corner

There’s a new study space with soft seating and a special venue for research-related talks and other events on the Main Level in Thomas Cooper Library. You’re invited to the first event in Scholars Corner: Leadership Starts Here Undergraduate Research Panel, a discussion featuring recipients of the 2017 Breakthrough Graduate Scholars Award. Part of the Provost’s Leadership Week.

Join us for one of these panels and enjoy free pizza. There’s no charge to attend.

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New this semester in Thomas Cooper Library

  • Wireless printing – Send your documents to print from wherever you are, pick them up at the library later
  • Increased seating – Levels 1 and 2
  • New furniture – Level 4
  • Scholars Corner – Main Level, formerly the Mac Lab. Macs are now distributed throughout the library in areas specifically configured for them on Main, Level 5 Technology Lounge and Level 4.
  • School supply vending machine – Main Level with other vending machines
  • Drink machines – now on Main, Level 5 and Level 4

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Go!

  • Saturday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Open Gallery in Hollings Library, with a screening of The Case of Magnolia Dew, a film short based on Edgar Allan Poe’s story “The Cask of Amontillado” at 11 a.m., followed by a discussion with director George Mirabal. This is a companion event for the “Pondering Poe” display.
  • Thursday, Feb. 9, noon, Historic Horseshoe Tour with Elizabeth West, begins at South Caroliniana Library
  • Exhibit: “South Carolina Political Collections Celebrates African-American History Month,” Hollings Library, through Feb. 28
  • Exhibit: “The Colorful Life of Anita Lobel: Highlights from the Anita Lobel Collection,” Hollings Library, through March 17

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Tame the research beast

Using Databases and E-Journals

Get a Good Start

Using Interlibrary Loan: ILL Express!

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December 2016

Welcome to Insider, a monthly guide for students from the University Libraries — Thomas Cooper Library, Hollings Special Collections Library, South Caroliniana Library, Music Library, and the online Business Library.

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Politics takes a backseat during the holidays when lawmakers send each other cards with kind words inside. “Christmas on the Potomac” showcases cards like this one and is on display in the TCL lobby until Jan. 5. Brought to you by South Carolina Political Collections.

Hours

Thomas Cooper Library will be open 24 hours through Friday, Dec. 9. See the entire holiday schedule here.

Reservations

Guarantee a study room for yourself or a group here.

Secret study spaces

Have you tried the Music Library in the School of Music, or the upstairs Reading Room in South Caroliniana Library on the Horseshoe?

Stress busters

Four things you can do for free at the library during finals week:

  • Color
  • Pet a puppy
  • Put together puzzles
  • Study (extra seats will be available on Level 4)

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Good luck with exams, and happy holidays from

University Libraries!

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November 2016

Welcome to Insider, a monthly guide for students from the University Libraries (Thomas Cooper Library, Hollings Special Collections Library, South Caroliniana Library, Music Library, and the online Business Library). We’ll show you how to choose research topics, locate great sources for assignments, and even find quiet study spaces.

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Election Day schedule

Thomas Cooper Library is open 24 hours on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

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Election Night Watch Party! Join us for free refreshments, a photo booth, and CNN on two screens. Presented by our South Carolina Political Collections and Student Government on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 6 – 9 p.m. in RH Ballroom A/B.

 

Holiday schedule

Thanksgiving Week at Thomas Cooper Library:

  • Monday, Nov. 21, Open 24 hours
  • Tuesday, Nov. 22, 12 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 23, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 24, Closed
  • Friday, Nov. 25, Closed
  • Saturday, Nov. 26, 1 – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 27, 10 a.m. – 12 a.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 28, Back to 24 hours

Check the hours for all the University Libraries here.

 

Tame the research beast

If you’re doing research for a paper or project, check our subject guides for ideas and information. They’re a great place to start.

 

‘Hey, somebody scribbled in this library book!’

Join us for a scavenger hunt on Friday, Nov. 11 when we search for “marginalia” — hand-written comments, notes, doodles — in 19th- and early 20th-century books in Thomas Cooper Library.

University of Virginia professor Andrew Stauffer will help us uncover marginalia in the library’s stacks. Students will photograph the markings they find and those photos will be uploaded to booktraces.org, Stauffer’s crowd-sourced digital project on hand-written notes in library books.

Meet in Hollings Library at 9 a.m. More here.

 

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Need help right away? Just Ask a Librarian, an online chat service available Monday – Thursday 9 – 9; Friday 9 – 5; Sunday 2 – 9. Here’s a sample of questions we get:

“Hi is this a peer reviewed article?”

“Hi! Could you recommend a database that would help me search in person vs. online learning? Thanks!”

 

Free streaming

Catching up on films during the break is easy. Our Educational Films provide free access to tons of movies, even if you’re off campus.

 

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Our newest exhibit is a great place to bring your family when they visit.

Illustrator Anita Lobel has given her collection of original drawings, prints and books to USC and they will be on display in Hollings Library November 10 – March 15.

Stop by any time 8:30 – 5, Monday – Friday. You can also see it during a special Open Gallery event Saturday, Nov. 19, 10 – 2.

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October 2016

Welcome to Insider, a monthly guide for students from the University Libraries (Thomas Cooper Library, Hollings Special Collections Library, South Caroliniana Library, Music Library, and the online Business Library). We’ll show you how to choose research topics, find great sources for assignments, conduct research, and even find great study spaces.

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New this semester

You’ll need your valid Carolina Card to enter Thomas Cooper Library after 9 p.m. during the week and after 7 p.m. on weekends. The library is open 24 hours to students, but holiday hours can vary. Fall Break hours are here.

 

A little help from your friendspeer-to-peer

Peer to Peer is a drop-in research service run by specially trained students who can help you narrow down paper topics and find good sources. More here.

Book a Librarian is a sign-up research service staffed by subject specialists who can help you access electronic resources and develop search strategies. More here.

 

It’s good to have reservations

You’ll love our large and small study rooms, and our collaborative technology rooms, especially during exams. Reserve a room here.

 

You’re going to be here anyway. . .

. . . why not work part-time at the library? We’re often looking for student employees to do things like shelve books and help with special events. Apply here.

 

You’re invited

Meet science fiction and fantasy writer Karen Joy Fowler and two other award-winning writers during our Fall Literary Festival.

  • Oct. 18, 6 p.m., William Powers, environmental writer
  • CANCELLED Oct. 25, 6 p.m., Benjamin Sáenz, poet, novelist and young adult fiction writer
  • Nov. 1, 6 p.m., Karen Joy Fowler, science fiction and fantasy writer

All events are free and take place in Hollings Library, which is entered through Thomas Cooper Library. More here.

 

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