Departments and Services

If you are looking for a place where your ideas can take flight and your projects can soar, the USC Upstate Library is the place for you. The library is comprised of departments and services designed to help students realize their ambition and turn their goals into realities.

Archives and Special Collections

The Archives and Special Collections are home to the library’s rare books, archives and manuscript collections requiring care and control that cannot be provided in the open stacks. They house a variety of materials and several special collections that help to promote knowledge and understanding of the history, programs and goals of USC Upstate as well as the Upstate region of South Carolina. The Archives are separated into two distinct areas: University Archives and Archives of the Upstate. More information


We’re here to answer your questions 24/7. Our Ask-A-Librarian service is available 24/7. You can ask in person at the reference desk, text your question to 864-507-4718, call in your question to 864-503-5638, or live chat through Ask A Librarian. If you need help finding library resources for class assignments and assistance with your research, we can help! Librarians will help you identify books and articles in the library and online, and suggest search strategies most helpful for your particular needs. More information


The circulation staff are there to make your library experience better. In addition to helping students check out and renew their resources, they place holds on items that are currently checked out, and assist with the microfilm reader, printers and copiers. They are also responsible for shelving all library materials, keeping the book shelves in good order and much more. More information


The library contains several robust collections available to students, faculty and staff. These collections include: The general or circulation collection, juvenile collection, leisure reading collection, maps and atlases collection, oversize collection, periodicals and microforms collection, reference collection, current and bound periodicals and archives and special collections. More information

Our Collection Development team ensures that our students, faculty and staff members have the information they need by stocking our collections with materials in all formats for all subjects and disciplines. More information

Interlibrary Loan

Do you need a resource not available at the USC Upstate Library? Check out Interlibrary Loan. This free service allows students, faculty and staff members to borrow resources from additional libraries. More information

Library Instruction

Our Library Instruction Program is here to support the efforts of our students. From information literacy concepts to research and critical thinking skills, our team will provide students with the expertise they need to confront any assignment they may encounter. More information


The librarians at the reference desk are ready and waiting to help you find resources for class assignments and to assist with your research. They can help identify books and articles and suggest helpful search strategies for your individual needs. The reference desk is available via phone, text, live chat and in person from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Between the hours of 10 p.m. and 8 a.m., please use our live chat feature.