Alumni & Community Services

Clemson Libraries are pleased to provide services to former students of Clemson University and to residents of South Carolina. Alumni and community patrons are eligible to borrow materials and make use of computers in our facilities. Find out how to get a library card, pick up and return materials, pay overdue fines, and what to do if library materials are lost or damaged.

Borrowing Privileges

Alumni and community patrons may have up to 20 items at a time checked out. They must have a library card to check out materials.


* All books are subject to holds and recalls by other patrons. If recalled, you are given 2 weeks to return items. Notifications are sent by email. Access to ebooks and other online resources, such as articles and databases, is not available to alumni or community patrons due to license agreements.
Books, Young Adult, Juvenile* Up to 20 for 4 weeks
Popular reading materials (books, audiobooks) 4 for 4 weeks
Media (CDs, DVDs) 10 max. for 4 weeks


Notifications of overdue items and fines are sent through the university email system.

Overdue Fines

Books, popular reading and CD/DVD media materials incur fines of $.25 per day that they are overdue. If material has been recalled, overdue fines become $1.00 per day. Overdue fines for reserve materials vary from $1.00 per hour to $1.00 per day, dependent upon the checkout period.

Paying Your Fines

Alumni and community patrons may pay library fines online with credit/debit cards or by using a checking or savings account. Community borrowing cards are designed to act like TigerOne cards, and have the ability to attach a TigerStripe account. If paying in person, patrons must use a TigerStripe account on their library card. Community and alumni patron debts are turned over to a contracted collection agency.

Library Cards

Clemson University graduates still residing in South Carolina can get a free alumni borrowing card. University employee family members over 16 years old who live at the same residence as the employee, South Carolina public school teachers, and members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) can also receive a free library card.

Beyond that, any resident of South Carolina sixteen years or older can get a free borrowing card at the Circulation Desk in Cooper Library, the Architecture Library, or the Education Media Center. With the card, community borrowers can check out 10 items for a four-week period with renewals.

Getting Your Card

Come by the Library Services Desk in Cooper Library, Gunnin Architecture Library, or the Education Media Center to get one. Family members residing in the same household as a Clemson employee may be issued a free community card; the employee must be present for the card to be issued or email the Libraries giving permission. If you are a Clemson University graduate or community member, you may also submit an online application and your card will be mailed to you.