Special collection Addition

Ernest F. Hollings

Special Collections Library

After many years of planning, the University Libraries’ dream of a new home for its unique and invaluable special collections soon will be realized with the construction of the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library. The $18-million state-of-the-art building will be erected behind the Thomas Cooper Library (Blossom Street). It will comprise about 50,000 square feet of new library space on three levels.


Take a virtual walk through:
Main Level     Level 5

Construction photos

The Hollings Library will house Thomas Cooper Library's growing Rare Books and Special Collections and will provide the first permanent home for the University's South Carolina Political Collections.

There will be space for teaching, exhibits, and public programs, as well as for offices, processing areas, and extensive stack space to house the collections. Special features will include a large reading room with comfortable work areas for researchers and other visitors , seminar rooms, a mini theater, exhibit galleries, a "treasure vault," an auditorium for meetings or other events, a digitization center, and a room for audio-visual research. more...

For more information visit:

Go to Rare Books and Special Collections Page  Go to South Carolina Political Collections Page  Go to the Ernest F. Hollings Page

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