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USC Upstate Library
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Phone: 864-503-5620

Frequently Asked Questions


  1. How many items can I check out? How long can I keep these items out?
  2. How do I go about renewing items?
  3. Where can I get change?
  4. What are your late charges for "overdue" items? Where do I pay late fees?
  5. Where are your book drops located?
  6. Where can I find the video tapes?
  7. What are your hours over breaks and holidays?
  8. Where are your magazines and journals located?
  9. How do I check out items that professors have placed on reserve?
  10. How do I go about getting a study room for a group meeting?
  11. How do I use the copiers?
1. HOW MANY ITEMS CAN I CHECK OUT? HOW LONG CAN I KEEP THESE ITEMS OUT?

There is no limit to the number of books that may be checked out by students & faculty. For specific Circulation policy for library materials, see Circulation Policy.

  • Students: three (3) weeks
  • Faculty: 120 days
  • Other: three (3) weeks

2. HOW DO I GO ABOUT RENEWING ITEMS?
Books can usually be renewed at the library. Books will not be renewed by telephone. Books that are not overdue may be renewable from the "My Account" button in the Library Catalog.
3. WHERE CAN I GET CHANGE?

4. WHAT ARE YOUR LATE CHARGES FOR "OVERDUE" ITEMS? WHERE DO I PAY LATE FEES?

Materials returned after the due date incur charges which are to be paid at the Circulation Desk. Overdue materials may prevent checkout of additional material and class registration.

Books: The overdue fine is $0.25 per day per book. The fine is forgiven for books returned within seven days (grace period) of the due date. However, on the eighth day the fine is $2.00 per book. Books generally circulate for three weeks. Renewal is usually possible.

Videos and CDs: The overdue fine is $1.00 per day per video. There is no grace period. Videos and CDs generally circulate for seven days.

Interlibrary Loan: The overdue fine is $1.00 per day per item. There is no grace period for ILL items. Due dates are set by the library which owns the item. It is sometimes possible to renew an ILL item once. Please present the ILL item at the circulation desk to request renewal. ILL items cannot be renewed electronically.

Reserves: The overdue fine is $5.00 per day for all types of reserves. There is no grace period. Reserve materials cannot be renewed.

PASCAL Delivers: The overdue fine is $1.00 per day per item. There is no grace period. The loan period is usually six weeks. PASCAL Delivers books cannot be renewed.

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5. WHERE ARE YOUR BOOK DROPS LOCATED?

There is a book drop located outside, at the front of the building.

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6. WHERE CAN I FIND VIDEO TAPES?

Video tapes are shelved with the general collection. These can be searched in library catalog.

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7. WHAT ARE YOUR HOURS OVER BREAKS AND HOLIDAYS?

Check the hours posted on the front doors, Library Calendar that is listed on the Library homepage, or call (864) 503-5620.

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8. WHERE ARE YOUR MAGAZINES AND JOURNALS LOCATED?

Magazines and Journals are located in the Periodical/Microforms section of the library on the first floor. These materials are arranged in alphabetical order by current, bound, and microfilm.

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9. HOW DO I CHECK OUT ITEMS THAT PROFESSORS HAVE PLACED ON RESERVE?

Most reserve materials are for use in the library only. Other reserve materials circulate for 24 hours, 3 days, or 7 days. You must have your USC Upstate ID to check out reserve materials.

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10. HOW DO I GO ABOUT GETTING A STUDY ROOM FOR A GROUP MEETING?

Study rooms are available on a first come, first serve basis.

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11. HOW DO I USE THE COPIERS?

There are four coin operated copiers. Library staff will be happy to assist you in the use of the copiers. Copies are ten cents each.

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