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Circulation Policies

Who Can Check Out? 
Item Loan Policies 
Special Items 
Renewing 
Returning 
Recalling
Missing Items 

Who Can Check Out? 
USC students, faculty and staff may check out an unlimited number of most materials 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. 

Item Loan Policies 

Item Type Loan Period Renewals Grace Period Fines Billed* Item Limit*
General Circulation 6 weeks unlimited 3 days $0.25/day 50 days/$65 unlimited
Children's Books 6 weeks unlimited 3 days $0.25/day 50 days/$65 unlimited
Browsing Books 6 weeks unlimited 3 days $0.25/day 50 days/$65 unlimited
Browsing Films 2 days 1 5 0 5 days/$160 2
2-Hour Reserves 2 hours no 0 $5/hour 6 hours/$75 2
4-Hour Reserves 4 hours no 0 $1/hour 30 hours/$150 1
Overnight Reserves 2 hrs no 0 $5/hour 6 hours/$75 2
1 Day Reserves 1 day no 0 $15/day 2 days/$75 2
3 Day Reserves 3 days no 0 $15/day 2 days/$75 2
7 Day Reserves 7 days no 0 $15/day 2 days/$75 2
Audio Materials 2 weeks unlimited 3 days $0.25/day 40 days/$65 unlimited
Films 2 days 1 0 0 5 days/$150 2
PASCAL 6 weeks 1 0 $0.25/day 20 days/$100 25
ILL **VARIES** See Interlibrary Loan for details (http://library.sc.edu/ill/
Lockers 24+ hours 1 0 $5/day 2 days/$50 1
Study Room 4 hours Up to Sup. 0 0 24 hours/$100 1
             
Item Type Loan Period Renewals Grace Period Fines Billed* Item Limit*
General Circulation End of semester unlimited 20 days $0.25/day 40 days/$65 unlimited
Periodical 3 days 10 0 $1.00/day 39 days/$9999 unlimited
Children's Books 6 weeks unlimited 3 days $0.25/day 50 days/$65 unlimited
Browsing Books 6 weeks unlimited 3 days $0.25/day 50 days/$65 unlimited
Browsing Films 2 days 1 5 0 5 days/$160 2
2-Hour Reserves 2 hours no 0 $5/hour 6 hours/$75 2
4-Hour Reserves 4 hours no 0 $1/hour 30 hours/$150 1
Overnight Reserves 2 hrs no 0 $5/hour 6 hours/$75 2
1 Day Reserves 1 day no 0 $15/day 2 days/$75 2
3 Day Reserves 3 days no 0 $15/day 2 days/$75 2
7 Day Reserves 7 days no 0 $15/day 2 days/$75 2
Audio Materials 2 weeks unlimited 3 days $0.25/day 40 days/$65 unlimited
Films 2 days 1 0 0 5 days/$150 2
PASCAL 6 weeks 1 0 $0.25/day 20 days/$100 25
ILL **VARIES** See Interlibrary Loan for details (http://library.sc.edu/ill/
Lockers 24+ hours 1 0 $5/day 2 days/$50 1
Graduate Lockers (Lv 3) 6 weeks unlimited* 0 $5/day 2 days/$50 1
Study Room 4 hours Up to Sup. 0 0 24 hours/$100 1
             
Item Type Loan Period Renewals Grace Period Fines Billed* Item Limit*
General Circulation 6 months unlimited 14 days 0 380 days/$55 unlimited
Periodical 3 days unlimited 0 0 357 days/$9999 unlimited
Children's Books 6 months unlimited 14 days 0 380 days/$55 unlimited
Browsing Books 6 weeks unlimited 7 days 0 380 days/$55 unlimited
Browsing Films 3 days 1 5 0 5 days/$160 unlimited
2-Hour Reserves 2 hours no 0 $5/hour 6 hours/$75 2
4-Hour Reserves 4 hours no 0 $1/hour 30 hours/$150 1
Overnight Reserves 2 hrs no 0 $5/hour 6 hours/$75 2
1 Day Reserves 1 day no 0 $15/day 2 days/$75 2
3 Day Reserves 3 days no 0 $15/day 2 days/$75 2
7 Day Reserves 7 days no 0 $15/day 2 days/$75 2
Audio Materials 2 weeks unlimited 3 days 0 380 days/$55 unlimited
Films 3 days 3 0 0 105 days/$150 unlimited
PASCAL 6 weeks 1 0 0 29 days/$100 25
ILL **VARIES** See Interlibrary Loan for details (http://library.sc.edu/ill/
Lockers 24+ hours 1 0 $5/day 2 days/$50 1
Study Room 4 hours 3 0 0 24 hours/$100 1
             
Item Type Loan Period Renewals Grace Period Fines Billed* Item Limit*
General Circulation 6 weeks unlimited 3 days $0.25/day 50 days/$65 unlimited
Periodical 3 days 10 0 $1.00/day 39 days/$9999 unlimited
Children's Books 6 weeks unlimited 3 days $0.25/day 50 days/$65 unlimited
Browsing Books 6 weeks unlimited 3 days $0.25/day 50 days/$65 unlimited
Browsing Films 2 days 1 5 0 5 days/$160 2
2-Hour Reserves 2 hours no 0 $5/hour 6 hours/$75 2
4-Hour Reserves 4 hours no 0 $1/hour 30 hours/$150 1
Overnight Reserves 2 hrs no 0 $5/hour 6 hours/$75 2
1 Day Reserves 1 day no 0 $15/day 2 days/$75 2
3 Day Reserves 3 days no 0 $15/day 2 days/$75 2
7 Day Reserves 7 days no 0 $15/day 2 days/$75 2
Audio Materials 2 weeks unlimited 3 days $0.25/day 40 days/$65 unlimited
Films 2 days 1 0 0 5 days/$150 2
PASCAL 6 weeks 1 0 $0.25/day 20 days/$100 25
ILL **VARIES** See Interlibrary Loan for details (http://library.sc.edu/ill/
Lockers 24+ hours 1 0 $5/day 2 days/$50 1
Study Room 4 hours Up to Sup. 0 0 24 hours/$100 1
             
Item Type Loan Period Renewals Grace Period Fines Billed* Item Limit*
General Circulation 4 weeks unlimited 3 days $0.25/day 40 days/$65 5
Children's Books 6 weeks unlimited 3 days $0.25/day 50 days/$65 5
Browsing Books 4 weeks unlimited 3 days $0.25/day 40 days/$65 5
Audio Materials 2 weeks unlimited 0 0 380 days/$55 5
ILL **VARIES** See Interlibrary Loan for details (http://library.sc.edu/ill/
Item Type Loan Period Renewals Grace Period Fines Billed* Item Limit*
General Circulation 4 weeks unlimited 3 days $0.25/day 40 days/$65 unlimited
Children's Books 6 weeks unlimited 3 days $0.25/day 50 days/$65 unlimited
Browsing Books 6 weeks unlimited 3 days $0.25/day 50 days/$65 unlimited
Browsing Films 2 days 1 5 0 5 days/$160 2
2-Hour Reserves 2 hours no 0 $5/hour 6 hours/$75 2
4-Hour Reserves 4 hours no 0 $1/hour 30 hours/$150 1
Overnight Reserves 2 hrs no 0 $5/hour 6 hours/$75 2
1 Day Reserves 1 day no 0 $15/day 2 days/$75 2
3 Day Reserves 3 days no 0 $15/day 2 days/$75 2
7 Day Reserves 7 days no 0 $15/day 2 days/$75 2
Audio Materials 2 weeks unlimited 0 0 380 days/$55 5
Lockers 24+ hours 1 0 $5/day 2 days/$50 1
Study Room 4 hours Up to Sup. 0 0 24 hours/$100 1
             
Item Type Loan Period Renewals Grace Period Fines Billed* Item Limit*
General Circulation 6 months unlimited 0 0 29 days/$55 unlimited
Periodical 6 months unlimited 0 0 29 days/$55 unlimited
Children's Books 6 months unlimited 0 0 29 days/$55 unlimited
Browsing Books 6 months unlimited 0 0 29 days/$55 unlimited
Browsing Films 2 days 1 5 0 5 days/$160 2
Audio Materials 6 months unlimited 0 0 29 days/$55 unlimited
Films 2 days 1 0 0 5 days/$150 2
PASCAL 6 weeks 1 0 $0.25/day 20 days/$100 25
ILL **VARIES** See Interlibrary Loan for details (http://library.sc.edu/ill/
Item Type Loan Period Renewals Grace Period Fines Billed* Item Limit*
General Circulation End of Semester unlimited 20 days $0.25/day 40 days/$65 unlimited
Periodical 3 days 10 0 $1.00/day 39 days/$9999 unlimited
Children's Books 6 weeks unlimited 3 days $0.25/day 50 days/$65 unlimited
Browsing Books 6 weeks unlimited 3 days $0.25/day 50 days/$65 unlimited
Browsing Films 2 days 1 5 0 5 days/$160 2
2-Hour Reserves 2 hours no 0 $5/hour 6 hours/$75 2
4-Hour Reserves 4 hours no 0 $1/hour 30 hours/$150 1
Overnight Reserves 2 hrs no 0 $5/hour 6 hours/$75 2
1 Day Reserves 1 day no 0 $15/day 2 days/$75 2
3 Day Reserves 3 days no 0 $15/day 2 days/$75 2
7 Day Reserves 7 days no 0 $15/day 2 days/$75 2
Audio Materials 2 weeks unlimited 3 days $0.25/day 40 days/$65 unlimited
Films 2 days 1 0 0 5 days/$150 2
ILL **VARIES** See the Law Library Interlibrary Loan page for details (http://law.sc.edu/library/ill/
Item Type Loan Period Renewals Grace Period Fines Billed* Item Limit*
General Circulation 4 weeks unlimited 3 days $0.25/day 40 days/$65 5
Children's Books 6 weeks unlimited 3 days $0.25/day 50 days/$65 5
Browsing Books 4 weeks unlimited 3 days $0.25/day 40 days/$65 5
Audio Materials 2 weeks unlimited 0 0 380 days/$55 5
ILL **VARIES** See Interlibrary Loan for details (http://library.sc.edu/ill/
  • Patron Type Items not listed under a particular patron type cannot be checked out by that patron type.
  • Recalls All items are subject to recall at any time. You have two (2) weeks from time of recall to return item(s) to the library.
  • Fines Students will be blocked if they owe $5 or more.  All other patrons will be blocked if they owe any amount.
  • *Billed item fees: Charges will be for the cost of replacing the book plus a non-refundable processing charge. The minimum charge for a lost book is the average national book cost plus the non-refundable processing charge. Library books cannot be purchased. Even if a lost book charge has been paid, the book still remains the property of the University.
  • *Item Limit 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.
  • Graduate Lockers May only be renewed if there are still lockers available, otherwise the graduate student may request (by contacting Circulation) to be added to our Graduate Locker waiting list.
  • Fines - may be paid at the Circulation Desk in Thomas Cooper Library using cash, personal check, credit card, and Carolina Cash. If you would like to appeal a fine that you feel has been applied wrongly, you may do so using our online appeal form: http://library.sc.edu/circulation/appeal.html

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. 

Renewing
If you would like to renew any materials checked out to your account, please reference the Item Loan Policies chart above and if allowed either renew your items by logging into you My Library Account or contact the Circulation Desk and we will renew the item(s) for you.

Returning
Library materials may be returned to the Circulation Desk at Thomas Cooper Library or any other USC library. In addition there are several remote bookdrops located around the USC Columbia campus. These locations include:

  • In front of Thomas Cooper Library
  • Between the Student Health Center and the Bull Street parking garage (on the corner of Bull and Devine st.)
  • In the main lobby of Gambrell Hall (this drop is emptied every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday)

Recalling
All library materials are subject to recall. This means that any item checked out to a patron's account may be requested by another patron. The Circulation Desk will contact the patron and shorten the due date to two weeks from the date of recall. 

Missing Items
If you are unable to locate an item within the library, please let the Circulation Desk know and we will assist you with either locating the item or finding another source.