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University Libraries - At a Distance

At a Distance

Distance services for students, faculty or staff working remotely. University Libraries is here for you no matter where you are!


Your Library Card

  • You will need a barcode number for the following University Libraries' services:
    • checking out books.  When you visit a library on the Columbia campus or any participating PASCAL academic library in the state you’ll need to show the barcode from either your CarolinaCard or Distributed Learning’s card.
  • Get a CarolinaCard by visiting the CarolinaCard office.  You can upload a photo.
  • Students who don’t come to campus for classes can get a barcoded library card from Distributed Learning Support Services.  Order your USC Library ID.


  • When accessing article databases, ejournals, and ebooks from off-campus or the wireless network you'll be prompted to enter your USC network username and password, which is the same as your Blackboard username and password. If you have problems, test your Network Username and Password Verification.


  • Are you out of the country and having trouble connecting to our resources?  Many vendors require that we block access originating from outside of the United States. Try installing VPN [Virtual Private Network].  Click here for Information from University Technology Services  When you use your VPN program remotely to connect, it will require your campus username/password along with a “secondary password” or special key. A user will need a new key each time they use the VPN.  There are three primary ways of acquiring this key: smartphone app, a physical token purchased at the bookstore, and online. Click here for more information from University Technology Services regarding these options.
  • If you have problems downloading or installing the VPN client, contact the University Technology Services Desk at 803-777-1800, or email at or submit an online request.


A free wifi service, eduroam, is available to traveling  faculty and staff to obtain wifi internet connectivity when visiting other participating institutions by simply connecting your device wirelessly to the eduroam wifi services. See a list of participating institutions.  Additional information and instructions from University Technology Services can be found at


Getting Research Help

  • Uncertain where to start your research? Take a look at our online subject and course guides. For personalized help, try Ask-a-Librarian via phone, chat, or e-mail.

Getting Materials Delivered

  • Library materials can be delivered to your computer or home.  Find out how easy it is to request materials we have and even materials we don't have. (more information)

Visiting Campus

For Faculty Teaching Students at a Distance

  • Find out how the library can help you and your students with e-reserves, online course guides, and library instruction. (more information)