Men of Color Summit

The Libraries are a sponsor of the Men of Color National Summit, which is an event presented by Clemson University on April 24, 2019. The goal of the event is to bring together high school and college students, educators, community leaders, and business professionals from around the country to close the achievement gap for African-American and Hispanic males and raise awareness of changing demographics in the United States. The Libraries are proud to be part of the event by sponsoring an exhibit table through which we can demonstrate how libraries support student success through developing innovative programs, services, and technologies.

LifeHacks – Grow Your Garden

Drop in for our final Life Hacks program this semester on Tuesday, April 16th, from 1:15-1:40PM in the East Learning Commons. Sue Watts from the South Carolina Botanical Gardens will be presenting some tips and tricks for herbs that can help to de-stress. Participants will plant their own herb to take home with them while supplies last. This is an informal event, so feel free to stop by even if you only have a couple of minutes. See you there!

Social Media Listening Center Open House

The Department of Communication’s Social Media Listening Center (SMLC) will host an open house in Cooper Library on Monday, April 8 from 12pm-1pm and 3pm-4pm in the Brown Room. Drop by to see live coverage of March Madness and check in on the social conversations.

The SMLC is an interdisciplinary, cutting-edge laboratory that seeks to monitor, measure, and engage in social media conversations from across the web. Utilizing some of the most powerful social analytics software available, the SMLC provides learning, teaching, researching, and partnership opportunities to students, faculty, and external clients. During the open house, students, faculty and staff will be able to conduct live searchers and learn more about current projects associated with the SMLC.

This is a drop in event open to any Clemson students, faculty, and staff!

Pay Library Fines

Don’t let money you owe the library keep you from graduating!

Check your library account to see if you owe anything.

If you do have overdue fines, here’s how you can take care of them:

  • in person at the Library Services Desk with your Tiger 1 card
  • online with your Tiger 1 card, credit card, or by using your checking or savings account

If you do have fines, pay them by Monday, April 8. If you want to know more, go to our services page and click on what you are; faculty, staff, grad student, undergrad, etc.

Give Day 2019

Give Day is an exciting event at Clemson University for twenty four hours and you don’t want to miss out!

This Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019, Clemson Libraries is taking part in the University’s annual Give Day- a day in which we accept donations from our community so that we may continue to provide students and employees with the resources they need to be successful. Please consider donating to Clemson Libraries Library Friends ( this Wednesday to support our mission of connecting our university community with resources vital to learning, teaching, and innovation in an expert and courteous manner.

Your gift will be helping Clemson students who will go on to make a difference in the world and support Clemson’s strong tradition of giving. No student graduates without Clemson Libraries, and your gift will allow them to have all the resources they need to be successful as a Clemson student.

Follow and share our social media accounts: Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, and use the hashtag, #clemsongiveday.

Coming Soon – More Student Study Space

August 20, 2019 Update: As of this week, access to the 6th floor is restricted to library staff and construction crews as we continue to shift the collection down to the 5th floor, remove empty shelving, and install new carpet. While inconvenient, this is for your safety! We are happy to pull items from the 6th floor for you, and hold them at the Library Services Desk; please contact the desk or place a request for the item online.

August 16, 2019 Update: We’re still shifting the collection from the 6th floor down to the 5th this week, and we’re taking down the physical shelves as we go. New carpet for the 6th floor is slated for installation next week!

August 6, 2019: Iron Mountain will finish their work in Cooper Library today and turn their attention to Offsite Storage. With their work done, we can focus on shifting the remaining books on the 5th floor of Cooper. Once finished with 5, we will begin to move the books on the 6th floor down to 5 as well. Expect noise, dust, and mislabeled shelving during this time, but know that we are working as hard as we can to stay on track for the fall semester!

July 30, 2019 Update: With Iron Mountain in the building, the Journal Move project is picking up pace! One corner of the 3rd floor has been commandeered for staging the shrink-wrapped carts of books before transport, but the staging area will move to the 6th floor soon. Please be careful as you use each floor, and remember that pulling and shifting are taking place on the 5th floor, as well. Iron Mountain should be completely finished in Cooper Library around August 7th.

July 26, 2019 Update: It’s official! We’ve finished marking items to be rehomed and have now transitioned into the 2nd phase of the project. Iron Mountain, an organization dedicated to storing, protecting, and managing information is helping to physically move materials to the Libraries Offsite Storage Facility. Library employees will be moving along behind them to shift remaining materials. Please be aware of noise and construction, and if you need help locating an item, please visit the Information Services Desk.

July 16, 2019 Update: We’ve almost reached the Relocation Phase of our project! We are working on logistics now, so that a company can help us begin moving items to our offsite storage facility next week!

July 10, 2019 Update: We’ve been working so hard, that we’ve broken most of our aging fleet of book carts! At least 6 carts have been surplussed due to the project, with 7 remaining for use and we are planning to purchase 10 new heavy duty carts!

June 27, 2019 Update: You may have seen the sea of yellow flags throughout the 5th and 6th floor stacks. We are using these flags as guides to correct barcode placement on items that are being moved to Offsite Storage. Having every barcode in the same place will make it easier for the Offsite Storage staff as they begin to enter item information into the item management system at our offsite location.

June 11, 2019 Update: Did you know that when we moved from Sikes Hall to Cooper Library in the summer of 1966, we used a conveyor belt?
That certainly would have been helpful last week, as we moved over 10,000 items out of the building!

June 5, 2019 Update: We’ve found some interesting things tucked into the book stacks during our work. Here are a few of the items we’ve gathered so far!



May 29. 2019 Update: We slowed our pace a little last week to focus on training more employees to help with the project. Although we only pulled a fraction of what we’ve averaged in weeks past, we’ll be picking up the pace again soon, with employees rotating work on the project throughout each day in weeks to come!

May 21, 2019 Update: Last week, the Journal Move team relocated over 5,000 items! Along with our work on the 5th floor, renovations are currently in progress on Cooper’s 3rd, 4th, and 6th floors! Please proceed with caution, and contact the Library Services Desk with any questions or issues you may have.

May 13, 2019 Update: Now that it’s summer and we can make a little more noise, we’ve been working hard to remove items from the 5th and 6th floor stacks. Last week, we were able to double our previous weekly average, moving over 7,000 items!

May 7, 2019 Update: You may have noticed that we took a break from the journal move project last week.  Now that exams are over, we’re hard at work again!

April 24, 2019 Update: Moving has officially started!  Last week nearly 3000 journals were removed from the 5th and 6th floor stacks and we will continue to move items this week, as well.

April 17, 2019 Update: We’ve started identifying materials to be moved and will begin pulling these items from the 5th and 6th floor shelves soon.  Don’t forget to ask at the Library Services Desk if you need help with anything in the work areas.

April 8, 2019 Update: Planning is currently underway and the project to provide more student study space is slated to start next week!

In preparation, signage will be placed near the 5th floor work areas to help guide you to the information you need while we work.

Keep an eye out for future signage on the 6th floor as well, including the project timeline, fabric samples, furniture to come, and the new layout of the floor at the project’s end.

You asked, and we listened!

The 5th and 6th floors of Cooper Library are being redesigned to provide more student study space!

To achieve this, materials from the 5th and 6th floors are being relocated to our Offsite Storage Facility.  If you can’t find what you need, ask at the Library Services Desk.  If you need an item that’s in storage, want to request a journal article or book chapter, or you need to get an item we don’t own, submit a request through Resource Sharing.

The new and spacious 6th floor of Cooper Library will be ready and waiting on your return in Fall 2019!

For project updates, please visit the project webpage.  Please direct questions to Robin Chambers, Project Manager, at; or Christopher Cox, Dean of Libraries, at

Pride Living Library

Challenge stereotypes, make connections, and celebrate diversity through discussion and awareness!

Human Library events aim to facilitate dialogue and understanding between people, or “books,” who have volunteered to discuss their real life experiences with “readers.”  Come by the Brown Room at Cooper Library on Thursday, March 28th from 5pm-7pm to check out a different kind of book and chat about topics such as gender, local natural resources, sexuality, comic books, cultural shame, religion, relationships, farming, and more with other members of the campus community. Light refreshments will be provided.


Jessica Serrao Accepted to the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship

Clemson University Libraries congratulates Jessica Serrao, our Metadata Librarian, on her recent acceptance to the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship!

The Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL) empowers librarians to develop research design skills by removing common barriers to successful research. The annual competitive program brings together 20-25 diverse academic and research librarians who are eager to conduct research, and provides training and support for participants to design, conduct, and disseminate a research project over the following academic year.

As part of the sixth cohort of IRDL scholars, Jessica will participate in a nine-day intensive summer workshop to be held June 1-9 at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. In this hands-on portion, Jessica will learn librarianship-oriented research methods from expert instructors and revise her initial project proposal. She proposes to undertake a research study that examines the influence of equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives on digital collections metadata practices of academic libraries and archives. It is her hope that this research provides a clearer path for librarians and archivists to make data-informed metadata decisions to move toward equitable and inclusive digital collections for our researchers.

After the workshop, Jessica will continue to receive support from a professional research mentor and the IRDL’s growing community of researchers to help complete her research project. The Institute fully funds the learning experience, travel, accommodations, textbooks, and meals through an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant and Loyola Marymount University.

National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society Holds Ceremony

The Brown Room of Cooper Library was the location on Saturday March 2nd of the 2019 induction for the Clemson Iota Phi Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society or Sociedad Nacional Honoraria Hispánica. Six new members were inducted in a ceremony led by Faculty Advisor Professor Rosa Macarena Pillcurima with other student and Clemson faculty members in attendance. This year marks the centennial of Sigma Delta’s Pi’s founding at the University of California – Berkeley. Read more about the Society here. See more about the Clemson’s Iota Phi Chapter here or on their FB.

Travel Tips Life Hacks

Join us in the East Learning Commons on March 11 from 11:15-11:40 AM to learn some travel hacks with Clemson Abroad.  Drop by for some tips and resources on packing, flying, helpful apps/websites, and making/keeping connections abroad.  This is an informal, drop-in presentation, so simply stop by for some hacks and snacks!