Clemson Libraries COVID-19 Updates

Clemson Libraries remains committed to providing quality library services and spaces while addressing the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the Spring 2021 semester, the Libraries will follow University lead to physically reopen to serve the Clemson family, while continuing to provide virtual access to many of our services.

What to Expect

Face coverings are required. Face coverings are required at all times in the libraries to protect yourself and others.

Appointments required. Access to all library branches are by appointment only, with access limited to current Clemson students, faculty and staff. Make sure to bring your Clemson ID with you as well.

Library access restricted to Clemson students, faculty and staff. During the Spring 2021 semester, we will be limiting access to library materials and buildings to only Clemson students, faculty, and staff. You will need to bring your ID with you to access the building.

Request and pick up for library materials. Reserve library materials and technology ahead of time and pick them up at Cooper Library. Just call the number posted on the front door and they will be brought out to you.

Limited capacity. The number of people allowed in each facility will be limited. Real-time capacity information will be available on my.Clemson and at the Cooper Library entrance. Additional study spaces will be available.

Reserve a seat. Furniture has been removed to encourage six-foot physical distancing. To ensure you have a place to study prior to arriving at the library, we ask that you reserve a seat. Students can now book multiple appointments for up to a total of 6 hours per day total across all libraries locations.

Bring your laptop. We have removed public computers in order to reduce crowding and minimize surfaces that require cleaning. Please plan to bring your laptop or other technologies to use.

Limit time and practice physical distancing. Please limit your time and practice physical distancing when in the library. Marked pathways, seating locations, and signage to indicate proper spacing while waiting in line, will be in place to assist with physical distancing.

Reopening Timeline

  • Library buildings open to Clemson students, faculty, and staff
  • Access to library branches is granted by appointment only. Proof of appointment (ex: seat reserved, class in library, library appointment, or technology appointment) required to proceed past security desk.
  • Access to Special Collections and Archives is also by-appointment only.

Library Materials

Books & Technology Equipment

  • Materials can be requested online from our Findit@Clemson tool and picked up outside the main entrance of Cooper Library.
  • Clemson Libraries open; most of collection open for browsing and checkout (some stacks closed: call numbers A-P on 1st floor of Cooper Library and all collections in Gunnin Architecture Library), requesting encouraged.
  • Books, journals, and other physical materials from other libraries (ILL and PASCAL) available. Borrowing of digital materials continues.

Course Reserves

Physical reserves will not be available for the Spring 2021 semester. Ebook and streaming purchases are possible to support online course delivery and research. Visit our Course Reserves page or contact your Subject Librarian for more information.

Special Collections and Archives

Special Collectives and Archives available by appointment only. Digitization of some materials is available by request. If you have any questions, you can reach the via email at or call 864-656-5176.

Gunnin Architecture Library

Access to Lee Hall will be restricted this semester to students and faculty associated with the departments of Architecture, Art, Construction Science & Management, and City Planning & Real Estate Development.

Library Access

Who Can Access the Library and Library Materials

Library materials and buildings will only be accessible to Clemson students, faculty and staff.

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 Pandemic has required us to examine our services and how we can redirect resources and personnel to best accommodate instruction support on campus and online. As a result, for the Spring 2021 semester, those entering Cooper Library will be required to swipe in with their University ID to ensure that we remain within occupancy requirement standards. This means that community members will not have access to the library or to materials. Instead, we’d like to redirect community access users to your local public branch libraries for any immediate needs. We look forward to being able to serve you again soon.

When in the Library

  • Limit time in the library to allotted appointment or reservation time
  • Wear face mask and physically distance from others
  • Do not move furniture

Building Hours


Library Building Open Hours
Cooper Library
  • M – Th, 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • F, 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Sa, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Su, 1 – 10 p.m.
Gunnin Architecture Library
  • M – Th, 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • F, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Education Media Center
  • M – Th, 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • F, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Special Collections and Archives
  • M – F, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.; 1 – 4 p.m.
Charleston Design Library
  • M – F, noon – 4 p.m.

Library Services


Printing is still available in Cooper Library, but you must book a seat in order to print. Visit our Printing page for more information and updated printer locations, as some have been moved.

Research Consultations

Patrons can access research and reference support through chat, email, or text. Immediate assistance is available through the Ask Us service online, Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m. Clemson faculty, staff, and students can schedule appointments with librarians through the appointment scheduler.


Library instruction for courses will be provided online for the Spring 2021 and will be offered either synchronously or asynchronously.

Creative Technology

The Adobe Digital Studio (ADS), Cooper Makerspace, Digital Media Learning Labs (DMLL) are open with limited hours and services by appointment. Please visit the ADS page for more info.


All Clemson Libraries events and exhibits will take place virtually. The Libraries will be unable to offer reservable space to groups, departments, or individuals for meetings or programming needs.

Starbucks & POD

The Cooper Starbucks and POD will continue to be closed for the Spring 2021 semester.