The Elliott White Springs Business Library is a branch of the Thomas Cooper Library containing specialized holdings in the fields of business and economics. These holdings include: reference materials, periodicals, books, annual reports, stock/bond guides, loose-leaf financial publications, and reserve materials for most business and economic courses. In addition, the Business Library provides access to numerous Electronic databases, a Bloomberg terminal, and the Internet. The Business Library should be used in conjunction with the Thomas Cooper Library, which also contains substantial holdings of materials in the business and economics fields.

Business Resources





Librarian Services

Reference services are available to anyone. However, in responding to questions, first priority will be given to USC students, faculty, and staff.

When submitting questions via email, you may expect a reply within 24 hours during the week. Librarians will check the email account Monday-Friday, excluding University holidays.

Response time is always related to the complexity of the question; in some cases we may ask for more information or question clarification.

Complex questions and questions involving extensive research are beyond the scope of email services. If your question requires more in-depth research, please come to the Business Library where we can assist you.

See Instructional Services for information on bibliographic instruction and research consulations.

Electronic Resources

The Business Library offers a wide variety of electronic business resources that can be accessed both on and off campus, including through 28 networked PCs in the Business Library. Internet based resources through the World Wide Web are also accessible. For a listing of business-related databases with descriptions, see Article Databases Page for General Business. For information on accessing the databases from off-campus, see the Proxy Access page.

*See below for policies on the Use of Licensed Databases for Internships

Reference & Circulating Collection

Both the Reference section and Circulating Collection at Springs Business Library are in the process of being annexed for the move to the new Business building. Nevertheless, print materials from both collections are still available in the Business Library or can be ordered from the Annex.

The business and economic reference collection includes: specialized dictionaries, almanacs, encyclopedias, directories, handbooks, and statistical sources. In addition there are periodical indexes, corporate annual reports, and various accounting, tax, finance and international business services are available.

The circulating collection contains the most recent monographs in selected call number ranges in the HB-HJ Library of Congress classification system. In addition, Thomas Cooper Library houses many business and economics monographs.  These materials are listed in the library catalog.


A core collection of business and economic periodicals is available in the Business Library. Current issues are displayed alphabetically by title. The library holds the bound back files for selected titles. Older back files are located in Thomas Cooper Library or in the Annex. Electronic journals are available in such databases as Lexis-Nexis, JSTOR and Infotrac. Click E-Journals for a complete list of electronic journal holdings.


Reserve materials are listed online under Course Reserves, searchable by instructor or course. Students may request reserve items using a current USC identification card and the call number listed beside the titles. Reserve materials circulate within the library for a two-hour period and cannot be taken out of the library for any reason.




There are 28 desktop PCs connected to the Internet in the Business Library.

Visitor Computer Use Policy

The Springs Business Library provides computers to support the research needs of the University of South Carolina students, staff, and faculty. Visitors may use library computers under the following conditions:

• Visitors who need to conduct business-related research using subscription resources will be logged in to an available workstation by a staff member (provided USC patrons are not waiting) and assisted by a Business Librarian if one is available for consultation.

• Visitors wanting to check email or use other Internet sources or computer software will be logged in to the "Express Station," which allows visitors 30 minutes of Internet use per day.

Bloomberg Terminal

There is one Bloomberg Terminal located in Springs Business Library, and it is available on a first come, first served basis. USC students working on assignments that require Bloomberg use have priority.

For more information on how to use the Bloomberg Terminal, see our Bloomberg Guide.


All printing from networked PCs is routed to the printers near the windows and costs ten cents per page, payable with Carolina Card or a copy card. A Blackboard username and password is required to obtain prints; check at the reserves desk for a guest username and password if a copy card is to be used to purchase prints. If there are problems with the printer(s), please ask the librarian for assistance.


There is a photocopier that accepts both Carolina Cash and 'copy cards' located adjacent to the reserve/circulation desk. (Since the copier does not accept coins, patrons in need may purchase a copy card for a dollar from the Carolina Card machine next to the copiers. Patrons can then add money to copy cards at the Carolina Card machine in dollar increments.)



The Springs Business Library is a research and study facility. The services we provide for the University community include copy facilities, borrowing privileges, interlibrary loan, internet access, word processing, email, and study spaces. It is expected that one patron will not impinge on the rights of other patrons. The following rules of conduct are to ensure the best and most fair use of the library for all our patrons. Please report any violations to library staff.

Materials may only be checked out with a valid USC, Thomas Cooper Society, or alumni identification card. Electronic Resource use is subject to licensing agreeements.

Please note the following:

  1. Only quiet conversations that do not disturb others are permitted in study areas.
  2. The only animals allowed are those that assist people with disabilities.
  3. Attire appropriate to a public building is required, including shoes.
  4. Children under 14 must have adult supervision at all times.
  5. All bags may be checked upon exiting the library.
  6. Users may be required to show valid identification.
  7. Please turn off your cell phone ringer.

The following behaviors are NOT permitted in the library:

  • Use of tobacco products -
  • Criminal Acts
  • Rollerblades, bicycles, skateboards, etc.
  • Vandalism
  • Audio devices without headphones
  • Weapons
  • Misuse of phones
  • Drunkenness
  • Disorderly or disruptive behavior
  • Soliciting or Proselytizing
  • Posting of flyers
  • Verbal, physical, or sexual harassment
  • Abusive, insulting, or threatening language
  • Sleeping anywhere in the library

Use of Resources for Internships and Field Studies

University of South Carolina purchases content from database vendors with the agreement that the content will be used for academic and research purposes. As field studies and internships are part of the academic program at Moore School of Business, students are allowed to use the licensed databases for their own analysis in conjunction with these programs, but must follow these general guidelines:

  • You may only excerpt insignificant portions of reports, articles, and other documents for distribution to company employees or anyone else (i.e., do not email data, entire documents, or reports to others at the company).
  • Never allow others direct access to University of South Carolina resources. DO NOT SHARE YOUR PASSWORD WITH ANYONE.
  • All data and excerpts included in your reports must contain accurate and complete citations.

Reference Services

Reference services are available to anyone. However, first priority will always be given to USC students, faculty, and staff.






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