Your Library Card
You need a barcode number for the University Libraries' online services and to be able to check out books. Get a CarolinaCard!
Distance Education students, the Distance Education Office can issue you a barcoded library card.
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.
Getting Materials Delivered
Getting Research Help
Ask-a-Librarian through chat, instant messaging, email, or over the phone.
Visiting CampusDriving 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)