From Ancestry to Rosetta Stone: 10 things you might be surprised to find at Clemson Libraries

Clemson Libraries has tons of resources for students and faculty to help them with their work, such as access to books from across the globe to countless online resources and databases. But there’s a lot more to the libraries than meets the eye. Here are 10 things available to faculty, staff and students through the libraries that might surprise you:

  1. Access to – Clemson Libraries has a subscription to the library edition of, giving users access to millions of records for family research, such as census data, vital records, military records and more. While it does not have as many features as an individual Ancestry account, it is still a good place to start your genealogical research.
  2. Online newspaper subscriptions – Libraries users can access dozens of newspapers, from local papers, such as the Anderson Independent-Mail, to national outlets, such as the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
  3. Rosetta Stone – Interested in learning a foreign language? The libraries can help with that through access to Rosetta Stone, which offers lessons on reading, writing, speaking and listening skills for 30 different languages.
  4. State parks passes – The libraries is making it easier to explore the Palmetto State by offering passes for S.C. State Parks available to patrons. A park pass allows free vehicle entry into all 47 of our State Parks.
  5. Technology check-outs – From digital cameras to voice recorders to projectors, faculty, staff and students can check out a wide range of technology from the library services desk in Cooper Library. Forget your phone charger on the way to campus? You can check those out at Cooper, too.
  6. Audiobooks and e-books – Access hundreds of audiobooks and e-books through Overdrive, which features popular fiction, non-fiction and literary classics, which you can download straight to your phone, tablet or other e-reading device.
  7. Children’s books – Looking for something new for your kids to read? Check out our childrens and young adults collection located on the third floor of Cooper Library. The Education Media Center located in 212 Tillman Hall also has a collection of children’s books.
  8. Video and audio studios – The Adobe Digital Studio located on the fifth floor of Cooper Library has two state-of-the-art recording studios, one for video recording and one for audio recording. The studios are equipped with high-end hardware and software, and interns are available to assist users with learning how to use the equipment.
  9. The Cooper Makerspace – Also located on the fifth floor of Cooper, the Cooper Makerspace has equipment such as 3D printers, fabric printers, a vinyl cutter, a button maker and more to help any creative project become a reality. While the Makerspace is a student-run organization, it is available for faculty and staff to use as well. Users must take the Makerspace course in Canvas to become certified before using the equipment.
  10. DVDs, CDs, magazines and popular reading books – Cooper Library also has a number of more popular items available for check out, including DVDs, CDs and popular reading books. If it’s available at your local community library, chances are, Cooper has it as well. Faculty and staff are allowed to check out up to 10 popular reading books, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks at a time for up to six weeks. Click here to learn more about borrowing privileges for all kinds of items available at the libraries.