- About Circulation
The Circulation Department (803) 777-3145 is located on the main floor of Thomas Cooper Library. Here, you may check out books, pay fines, place holds on books, pick up and return Interlibrary Loan materials, and check out study rooms. Lost and Found for the library is also located here. Building problems and security concerns should be reported here or at the exit gate.
- When the Desk is Closed...
If you need assistance at any time the Circulation Department is closed, ask for help at the Exit Gate.
- Safety Information
Library safety is an important issue. Be aware that thefts do occur in the building. Be sure to watch your belongings and be aware of your surroundings. Click here to find out more about library safety.
- Lost and Found
The majority of the Lost and Found articles in the Library are stored in the Circulation Department. If you are missing an item, you may inquire about it at the Circulation Desk. If your item is found and contains personal information (name, address, phone, email, etc), Circulation will attempt to contact you and let you know that your item is being held in Lost and Found. If you find an item in the library, please bring it to the Circulation Desk or Exit Gate (when Circulation is closed) so that it may be returned to its rightful owner.
If you have misplaced an item somewhere on campus, or a long time ago, you should also inquire at the Russell House Information Desk. This is where the majority of the items found on campus are kept.
If you have any questions or comments about Circulation Department policies or procedures, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (803) 777-3145.
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- Who Can Check Out?
USC students, faculty and staff may check out books with their University ID cards. Faculty and students from other South Carolina colleges or universities that are members of the PASCAL consortia may check out 3 books for 3 weeks. Members of the Carolina Alumni Association and the Thomas Cooper Society may check out 5 books at a time for 4 weeks with a valid card from these organizations. All eligible Alumni Association, Thomas Cooper Society and non-USC faculty members must have their ID cards made or barcoded at Thomas Cooper Library before they can be used at other USC libraries. For additional information, please contact the Thomas Cooper Library at (803) 777-3145.
- Checkout Limits
University of South Carolina students, faculty, and staff: unlimited.
Thomas Cooper Society, Carolina Alumni Association: 5 books. Faculty and students from other South Carolina colleges or universities (PASCAL Libraries): 3 books.
- Item Loan Policies
Books check out for 6 weeks unless otherwise noted. USC faculty and graduate students may check out books for the semester. Renewals are possible as long as no one else has requested the materials. All materials are subject to recall. Renewals can be made at the Circulation Desk or online.
- Special Items
Certain library items have unique circulation and loan policies.
Journals (periodicals) may only be checked out by graduate students, faculty members and staff. Journals are due back to the Circulation Desk in three days unless renewed.
Students, staff and faculty may check out films from the Educational Film Library. Students and staff may only check out one film at a time and that film is due back to the Educational Film Library in two days. Faculty may check out as many films as needed for educational purposes.
Reference and Special Collections items do not circulate, meaning they are not to be used outside of the library. Special requests must be made with those departments.
- Undergraduate Students
Undergraduate students, including EPI (English Program for Internationals) students may check out regular circulating items for a period of six weeks and educational films for a period of two days. Items may be renewed online via your Online Account . If any of these items are not renewed or returned promptly, fines may incur. Please note, all items are subject to recalls which may or may not shorten their due dates. If you have fines exceeding $5.00 you will need to bring the item to the Circulation Desk to renew.
- Graduate Students
Graduate students, including Distance Education students, may check out regular circulating items for the entire semester,educational films for a period of two days, and journals for a period of three days. Items may be renewed online via your Online Account . To renew items at the end of the semester, you must be registered for classes for the upcoming semester/ session. If any of your items are not renewed or returned promptly, fines may incur. Please note, all items are subject to recalls which may or may not shorten their due dates. If you have fines exceeding $5.00 you will need to bring the item to the Circulation Desk to renew.
- Staff members may check out regular circulating items for a period of six weeks and educational films for a period of two days. Items may be renewed online via your Online Account . If any of these items are not renewed or returned promptly, fines may incur. Please note, all items are subject to recalls which may or may not shorten their due dates. If you have fines exceeding $5.00 you will need to bring the item to the Circulation Desk to renew.
- Faculty members may check out books for up to six months, journals/periodicals for three days and educational films as needed for educational purposes. To renew items at the end of each semester please visit your Online Account .
If you would like to allow your graduate assistant to check out items to your account, then you may request a proxy card for that student. The form can be obtained at the Circulation Department, by email request or by completing the online form. Proxy cards are issued for one semester. The card will be processed within 2 working days. The proxy card will be mailed to you the faculty member. You assume full responsibility for all items checked out on the proxy card.
- USC-Columbia Campus faculty are also eligible for our Faculty Book Delivery service. Library staff will retrieve items from the stacks at the Thomas Cooper Library and USC Library Annex, check them out to your faculty library account, and have them delivered to your department (wherever your campus mail is normally received) on the USC-Columbia campus. For more information and to make a request click here.
- PlusOne card holders have the same library privileges as those previously enjoyed by spouses of faculty and staff. To obtain a PlusOne card, please visit the Carolina Card office, or this page for more information.
A PlusOne cardholder must visit Thomas Cooper Library to have a temporary library card made. PlusOne card holder privileges are limited to checking out 5 books at atime for a loan period of 4 weeks. A PlusOne library card expires after one year but can be renewed at Thomas Cooper Library circulation desk.
Off-campus access to the library’s online resources is not afforded to PlusOne card holders but limited to current students, faculty and staff of USC. PlusOne card holders access to the library building is the same as that of non-USCaffiliated visitors, hours for visitors can be found here http://library.sc.edu/hours.html#
- My Online Account
The University Libraries are pleased to allow patrons online library account management. By visiting your Online Account, you can:
View items checked out to your account.
Renew items checked out to your account (up to 10 times).
View any fines on your account .
Save your 'preferred searches'.
Receive email alerts when new materials are added to the libraries' collections that satisfy one of your preferred searches.
Keep a record of the materials you have previously checked out.
You can do all of this without coming into the library! You may be unable to renew your item if you owe library fines over $5.00, the item has been recalled, or it is the end of the semester/session and you have not registered for the following semester/session.
- My Online Account Help
If you need help logging into your Online Account click Here for a tutorial.
Most overdue fines are $0.25 per item per day. Fines do accrue on days the library is closed. Fines on recalled items and periodicals are $1.00 per item per day. Items that are 40 days overdue will also accrue a one-time $10.00 processing fee. At this point a replacement fee will also be assessed; this is at least $45.00 for most books. The replacement fee will automatically be forgiven upon return of the item, provided it is returned in good condition. Fines on overdue reserve materials vary depending upon the loan period for the item.
- Payment Options
The library accepts Carolina Card, cash, check and Visa/MasterCard credit and debit cards to pay for fees at the Circulation desk. Payment plans are available if necessary. Thomas Cooper Library does not reduce or forgive fines based upon financial hardship. You may remit payment by mail with a check made payable to USC, sent to the following address: Thomas Cooper Library, c/o Circulation, Columbia, SC 29208. Please inquire at Circulation or email the department at email@example.com for more information.
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Need a book, but need it in a hurry? Request by phone (during Circulation's hours of operation) that it be held for you at the Circulation Desk! The Thomas Cooper Library Circulation Department is pleased to present Paging, a service with you in mind!
Not in a rush? Request the book from the online catalog by using our new "Request" button found near the top of each item page. Just look for the button with the red check mark.
For more information, please click here
Reserves items can be checked out at the Circulation Desk.
Lockers are located on the Main floor of Thomas Cooper, and may be checked out for 24 hour use by USC Columbia students, staff and faculty with valid USC ID. The lockers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Personal materials and checked out library items may be stored in the lockers, but we ask that no food, beverages, or hazardous materials be stored.
- Graduate Student Lockers are located on Level 3 of the library and are available for checkout to current graduate students for a period of six weeks. These lockers may be renewed if there are still Level 3 lockers available. If there are no lockers available, you may request to be added to a waiting list for Level 3 graduate lockers, and will be notified as soon as a locker becomes available. Please ask at the Circulation Desk if you would like to be added to the waiting list.
- Study Rooms
Individual and group study rooms are available for USC Columbia students. These rooms must be checked out with a current Carolina Card at the Circulation Desk. To check out a group study room, you must first book your room online at this web page. Once you've confirmed your booking by clicking the link provided in the email sent to your university email address, you may pick up your key from the Circulation desk. The minimum number of people required for the room must be present at the time of check out and all must have a valid Carolina Card. These rooms are available to USC Columbia students, staff, and faculty. Students from USC School of Medicine, USC School of Law and other USC campuses should check with their libraries for study room availability.
- Departmental Copy Cards
Faculty, staff and graduate students can charge photocopies to their department, once authorized. To attain departmental copy card privleges please send a letter on USC letterhead signed by the department's business manager or head. The letter must include the name of the person being authorized to charge photocopies, the last four digits of their social security number, the account number to be charged for the photocopies, and any limits to be imposed (such as any expiration date or dollar amount). The letter may be sent to Thomas Cooper Library to the attention of Joshua Smith Circulation Day Supervisor or faxed to Circulation Department at 777-5342. Also, feel free to email us with any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org) To use departmental copy card privleges, one must have their Carolina Card and see the Circulation desk at Thomas Cooper Library for their pin number and instructions for use with the photocopiers.
- Library Annex
You may see notes in the library catalog stating that items are in the Library Annex. This is a remote storage facility where some items are stored. You may request these items be sent to the Circulation Desk by visiting the Library Annex web page. Please note that South Caroliniana items will be sent to the Caroliniana Library .
- Distance Education Book Delivery
We will mail books from our circulating collection to students who live outside of Richland County or Lexington County. The student will be responsible for returning the book either by mail or otherwise before the due date. We recommend that the student return the book by a traceable mail system. For more information and to make a request click here.
- Disability Services
The circulation department is happy to provide individual assistance for any faculty or staff with special needs, and any student registered through USC Disability Services. Examples of some services include pulling and/or mailing library books and assistance with photocopiers. Please contact Chad Price or any circulation supervisor at (803) 777-3145 or email@example.com for more information.
- Faculty Book Delivery
USC faculty and staff are welcomed to have books delivered to their campus mail address. These requests can be made directly via the online catalog here . For more information and to make a book delivery request please click here.
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Reserve Form (PDF; requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)