Irvin Department of Rare Books & Special Collections

Earnest F. Hollings rear facadeTh Irvin Department of Rare Books & Special Collections is located in the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library, at the south side of the main Thomas Cooper Library. Enter by the bridge at the opposite end of the main floor from the Thomas Cooper entrance.

Information on using the collections, department staff, detailed catalog descriptions of individual items, and broader collection descriptions, are linked at the left of this page.

The Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections will close at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 20, 2012 and reopen to the public at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 2, 2013.

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30AM - 5:00PM
Phone: (803) 777-3847



Overview of Collecting Areas


Natural History and Science

British Literature

Children's Literature

Core Collections 


American Literature

History of the Book



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