Cooper Library closed until Jan. 9 due to water damage

The R.M. Cooper Library will be closed until Monday, Jan. 9, due to water damage caused by a pipe that burst during the extremely cold temperatures over the holiday break. The west side of the first four floors of the library sustained water damage as a result of the break, and crews are working to clean up and assess the damage.

Areas affected include the Scholars’ Lab, the popular reading section, the POD Market, the Brown Room, the juvenile book collection room, the 309 classroom, the Interlibrary Loan offices, the Clemson University Press offices, study areas on the first floor and some of the books in the compact shelving on the first floor.

Cooper Library faculty and staff will work remotely during the cleanup, and patrons needing assistance can reach out through the library’s online chat service for help. Faculty who need to reserve course materials for the Spring semester may experience a delay. Requests for Spring semester can be placed online and will be processed in the order received. Questions regarding Reserve placement can be directed to RESERVE-L@nullLISTS.CLEMSON.EDU.

Patrons who placed items on hold at Cooper before the holiday break may pick those items up at Special Collections and Archives located in the Strom Thurmond Institute from Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. New hold requests will not be processed until Cooper reopens. Items requested through Interlibrary Loan will also be available for pick up at Special Collections and Archives until Cooper reopens.

All items located in Cooper Library are currently unavailable for requests or holds. Materials may be borrowed from other SC colleges and universities and delivered to one of our branch locations (Gunnin Architecture Library or the Education Media Center) or another nearby college or university, such as Tri-County Tech, Southern Wesleyan University, Anderson University, or Greenville Tech. Please use the Request via PASCAL Delivers button in Primo and choose a location most convenient for you. (View this video for instructions on how to request items through PASCAL Delivers.)

Patrons who have materials to return to Cooper, including Interlibrary Loan and PASCAL Delivers materials, are asked to wait and return those materials after the library reopens, in order to reduce the number of staff needed in the library while cleanup and repairs are being done. All patron accounts are being adjusted so that no fines or blocks are accrued due to lack of access to the building.

The Libraries’ other locations — the Education Media Center, the Gunnin Architecture Library, Special Collections and Archives, the Library Depot and the off-campus branch at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute — are unaffected and will remain open.