Library Card

Clemson University graduates still residing in South Carolina can get a free alumni borrowing card.

Come by the Circulation Desk in Cooper Library or the Architecture Library to get one. You may also submit an online application and your card will be mailed to you.

Check out periods

Alumni may have 20 items at a time checked out.

MaterialsTime Periods
Books 4 weeks
Popular reading materials (books, audiobooks) 4 for 4 weeks
Juvenile books 4 weeks
Videos 4 weeks
DVDs 4 weeks
Music CDs 4 weeks

Checking out items

To find out if the library has a book, journal, CD, DVD, or other item, check the online catalog. Bring items for checkout to the Circulation Desk in Cooper Library or the Architecture Library. Up to twenty books may be checked out at one time.

Renew Items

You may bring materials to the Circulation Desk in Cooper Library or the Architecture Library for renewal, or just your Alumni card. It is not necessary to have your books with you to have them renewed! You can also renew your books online through "Your Library Account". Only one renewal per check out period allowed.

Returning Materials

In the library

Return materials to the Circulation Desk in Cooper Library or the Architecture Library.

Book drops

  • Cooper Library parking lots
  • Outside the Architecture Library in Lee Hall
  • At the Hendrix Student Center
  • Outside the Holmes building

Mail to:

Clemson University Libraries
Circulation Desk
Campus Box 343001
Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634-3001

Be sure to allow sufficient time for books to arrive before the due date.


Books 25¢ per item per day
Popular reading materials (books, audiobooks) 25¢ per item per day
Videos and DVDs 25¢ per item per day
Music CDs 25¢ per item per day

You can pay library fines online with TigerStripe or credit cards, or by using your checking or savings account. You can pay in person by using your Tigerstripe card.

You will receive notification via email, if we have an email address on file. If not, you will receive notification of fines by mail. Please notify the library if your address changes by using the change of address form.

If you have questions about Cooper Library materials, fines or fees, please contact the Circulation desk at 864-656-1557. For questions involving Media fines please call the Media desk at 864-656-0402. You may also contact the Architecture desk at 864-656-3933 concerning Architecture Library materials.

Lost or Damaged Items

If you lose or damage a library item, you will be billed the cost of the item ($75 average) plus the overdue fines (25¢ per day per item) and the processing fee ($25). You will receive a bill for any material that is 45 days overdue. If the item is found within six months, you will be reimbursed the fees but not any overdue fines.

In order to replace a lost or damaged item, you must purchase an item of the same edition or later. You must also pay any extra fees associated with the item (such as a binding fee if a paperback is substituted for a hard-bound) plus the processing fee and any applicable overdue fines. Popular reading audiobooks are treated as exceptions and cannot be replaced by patrons and will be ordered by the Library. If you have questions, please contact the Circulation Desk in Cooper Library (864) 656-1557 or the Architecture Library (864) 656-3393.

Outstanding bills are submitted to a collection agency. Additional fees or charges may be assessed.

Can't Find Something?

If an item appears to be missing from the collection, send a Cooper Library Search Request or an Architecture Library Search Request or come by the Circulation Desk. We will search for it and notify you when we find it.


The Confidential Library Records Act (South Carolina Code of Law 60-4-10) that was passed by the South Carolina Legislature and signed by the Governor on May 22, 1985 states that it is unlawful to disclose Library records "which by themselves or when examined with other public records would reveal the identity of the library patron checking out or requesting an item from the library or using other library services..."

However the records of library materials you borrow or use can be disclosed:

  • to persons acting within the scope of their duties in the administration of the library or library system
  • persons authorized, in writing, by the library patron to inspect their personal records
  • in accordance with proper judicial order
  • in compliance with the USA PATRIOT (Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism) Act of 2001 (PL 107-56) regarding terrorist activities


Please contact Fredda Owens, Cooper Library, (864) 656-4499, or Christopher Chapman, Architecture Library (864) 656-3934.

Clemson University Libraries