Welcome from Chris Cox, Dean of Libraries

Welcome to Clemson Libraries! The Libraries’ faculty, staff, and student assistants are dedicated to ensuring your success by providing the information resources and services you need to complete your assignments, attain your degree, and excel in the workplace.

Clemson Libraries is the first place for information. Our collection boasts 1.2 million print volumes, complemented by over 500,000 eBooks and 82,000+ electronic journal subscriptions. Unlike Google, our collection is curated by librarians working with your professors to ensure that what we have matches your curricular needs. You can easily search our holdings from the search box at the top of our home page, and our online holdings are available 24/7 when and where you need them. Some older materials are stored in our Library Depot location in Clemson Research Park, retrievable upon request. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Resource sharing agreements with South Carolina academic libraries through PASCAL, and other libraries through interlibrary loan, allow you to get what you need for your research fast and free.

We collect, preserve and protect the past. Special Collections & Archives, located on the lower level of the Strom Thurmond Institute, is the caretaker of Clemson University’s cultural heritage as well as that of the region and the state. The collections include unique primary source materials such as manuscripts, rare books, and the papers of prominent figures such as John C. Calhoun, Thomas Green Clemson and Strom Thurmond.

Experts are here to help. Librarians knowledgeable in your discipline are committed to teaching you how to find quality research materials and critically evaluate what you find. They can assist through instruction session in your classes, as well as by answering questions in person, on the phone, via email, text and chat. Librarians also create research guides specific to your courses, and connect library resources through Canvas.

Spaces for collaborative creation and silent contemplation. Our three libraries – Cooper, Gunnin Architecture Library in Lee Hall, and the Education Media Center in Tillman Hall – have spaces to meet the needs of every student: from louder, collaborative areas with rolling white boards and screens for group projects, to quieter areas with upholstered seating and study carrels. There are also group studies and meetings rooms of various sizes available to reserve.

The rights tools for the job. The Cooper Library also provides many unique collections and spaces to help you complete your course project or presentation. Cameras, microphones and even VR headsets are available for checkout at the Library Services Desk. The Adobe Digital Studio provides access to green screen and audio recording technologies as well as peer assistance in the use of Adobe software products. The Brown Digital Resources Lab offers a state-of-the-art visualization wall. Partner spaces such as the GIS Lab, the CCIT Service desk and Starbucks, allow you to get the assistance and sustenance you need, all without leaving the building. Finally, when you are ready to publish the fruits of your labor, the library provides both a print and a digital publishing platform, TigerPrints, and spaces to present your work.

We urge you to explore all that we offer – both in person and online. Like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter or Instagram, to learn the latest about what is going on at the Libraries. Drop me an email at cnc2@clemson.edu with your comments and suggestions regarding how we can make your research lives better. As an integral part of your academic life, we’re here to help you succeed!

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