Libraries Fall Reopening Plan

Clemson Libraries remains committed to providing quality library services and spaces while addressing the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the fall 2020 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. More information and instructions will be forthcoming.

Library access restricted to Clemson students, faculty and staff. During the Fall 2020 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 via PickUp Assistance at Cooper Library, and they will be brought to the front door.

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. Reservations are for 2 hours. Instructions forthcoming.

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 closed
  • Library materials available via curbside pick-up and via mail for non-local patrons
  • Use of Special Collections and Archives determined on a case-by-case basis
  • 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

Clemson classes online only; campus closed Clemson classes hybrid; campus open
  • Due date for currently books checked out in spring or summer 2020 extended to September 30.
  • Books and journals from Clemson’s collection can be requested online and picked up curbside during select times beginning August 19.
    • Materials can still be mailed to patrons who live 30+ miles from campus.
    • Scanning of Clemson collection chapters and articles will continue.
    • Materials can be returned to Cooper Library book drops.
    • Books, journals, and other physical materials from other libraries (ILL and PASCAL) available on a very limited basis. Borrowing of digital materials continues.
  • Technology equipment can be requested online and picked up curbside during select times (procedure information on the website) beginning August 19. Technology must be returned during curbside pick-up times.
  • Materials can be requested online from our Findit@Clemson tool and picked up inside 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 Fall 2020 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 Fall 2020 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 booker.


Library instruction for courses will be provided online for the fall semester 2020 and will be offered either synchronously or asynchronously.

Creative Technology

The Adobe Digital Studio (ADS), Cooper Makerspace, Digital Media Learning Labs (DMLL), Clemson Center for Geospatial Technologies (GIS), the Data Visualization Lab will be virtual while campus is closed. When campus reopens, ADS, the Makerspace, the GIS Center, and DMLL will also provide in-person services by appointment only.


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

Starbucks in Cooper Library will be open Monday September 21, but can only be accessed during your seat-booking time slot. Visit the Starbucks at Cooper Library page for hours and more information.

The Cooper POD will be closed for the Fall 2020 semester.