The Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections is committed to preserving the materials in its collections and making them accessible to students, scholars, and the wider community. Our holdings include approximately 250,000 items and over 50 archival collections, ranging from early medieval manuscripts and incunabula to historical scientific works and modern literature. You can explore our holdings by searching the library catalog or by using one of our finding aids.

The Irvin Department is located in the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library, in the rear of the Thomas Cooper Library at 1322 Greene Street, Columbia, SC 29208.

Our Hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 – 5:00
Phone: (803) 777-3847
Email: tclrare@mailbox.sc.edu