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 need a barcode number for some of the University Libraries' online services and to be able to check out books. Get a CarolinaCard!

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

Columbia campus registered students who live beyond Richland or Lexington counties can call the Thomas Cooper Library Circulation Department (803-777-3145) to get a barcode number if the CarolinaCard office is closed when you are on campus.


When accessing library resources from off-campus you'll be prompted to enter your USC information. If you have problems, click here for troubleshooting tips.

Uncertain where to start your research? Take a look at our online subject and course guides or Ask-a-Librarian via phone, chat, IM, 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)

Getting Research Help

Ask-a-Librarian through chat, instant messaging, email, or over the phone.

Visiting Campus

Driving directions to parking lot nearest Thomas Cooper Library
Map links to all University Libraries
Hours (when Thomas Cooper Library is 24/7 bring your CarolinaCard to enter or stay in the building during late night hours)

Lockers - Lockers are available on the Main Floor of the Thomas Cooper Library. These are convenient for long stays at the library as they provide a place to store your materials if you need to temporarily leave the library. These can be checked out at Circulation using your CarolinaCard.

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)

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