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University Libraries - Special Collections

  • Educational Film We have an extensive collection of videotapes, 16 mm films and DVDs for classroom and educational uses. Our staff can help students, faculty and staff select the best films for a wide range of subject areas.
  • Government Information and Maps The Government Information and Maps Department of Thomas Cooper Library is a regional depository library of Federal government publications as well as a depository for European Union (EU) publications. Our collections also include maps, atlases and the largest collection of South Carolina aerial photos available for research.
  • Moving Image Research Collections This collection began in 1980 with a gift of the Fox Movietone News Collection. Since then, our archival holdings have increased to an estimated 6,000 hours of material, including local television news and commercials, home movies, micro-cinematographic nature films, and fiction and documentary films from the People's Republic of China.
  • Office of Oral History The Office of Oral History records recollections of daily lives, communities, families, and notable events that shaped South Carolina and continue to do so, and to make those stories available to a wide audience. Current focus areas: civil rights and activism, African American history, and donors of personal and family papers and ephemera.
  • South Caroliniana Library The oldest freestanding college library in the United States, this library is a vital resource for researchers from around the world. The library's major research divisions include books, manuscripts and university archives.
  • South Carolina Political Collections These collections include records from South Carolina lawmakers, congressional leaders, political parties and other movers and shakers on the political front. We are located in the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library inside Thomas Cooper Library.
  • Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections These collections include 150,000 items and more than 50 archival collections, ranging from early medieval manuscripts to modern literature and historical scientific works. We are located in the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collectins Library inside Thomas Cooper Library.
  • Digital Collections The University Libraries Digital Collections Department creates digital collections and makes them available to enhance scholarship and research; to increase access to its holdings; to support the teaching and learning activities of the University of South Carolina faculty and students; and to promote lifelong learning by the citizens of South Carolina and the public at large.
  • Scholar Commons Scholar Commons is an Institutional Repository to preserve, collect and disseminate the research and scholarship of the University of South Carolina. With scholarly content contributed by faculty, researchers and students associated with the University, this repository will expand the visibility, access and influence of the University. It will also support efforts to increase collaboration and cross discipline research within the University and with other organizations.