Community Borrowers

Library Card

Any resident of South Carolina sixteen years or older can get a borrowing card at the Circulation Desk in Cooper Library or the Architecture Library. The cost of the card is $10 for the first year, $7 for annual renewal or replacement. With the card, community borrowers can check out ten items for a four-week period with renewals. Members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) are entitled to a free card.

If you are a Clemson University graduate, see the Alumni Borrowing Services page.

Clemson employee family members 12 years or older can get a free borrowing card, but are charged for lost cards. Employee must be present for the card to be issued.

All South Carolina public school teachers get a free borrowing card.

Check out periods

Community borrowers may have 10 items at a time checked out.

PatronBooks*Popular Reading Materials (books, audiobooks)*


General public 4 weeks 4 for 4 weeks 4 weeks 4 weeks 4 weeks 4 weeks
Clemson employee
family member & SC school teachers
4 weeks 4 for 4 weeks 4 weeks 4 weeks 4 weeks 4 weeks
Student from another South Carolina college or university with a Statewide Library borrower's card 4 weeks 4 for 4 weeks 4 weeks 10 movies total for 4 weeks 10 movies total for 4 weeks 10 for 4 weeks
Faculty or staff from another South Carolina college or university with a Statewide Library borrower's card 4 weeks 4 for 4 weeks 4 weeks 10 movies total for 4 weeks 10 movies total for 4 weeks 10 for 4 weeks

* All books subject to recall. DVDs and VHS count toward total limit.

* Access to ebooks and other online resources, such as articles and databases, are not available to community patrons.

 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 Library Services Desk in Cooper Library or the Architecture Library. Ten books at one time may be checked out.

 Renew Items

You may bring materials to the Library Services Desk in Cooper Library or the Architecture Library for renewal, or just your Library 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". You can log in with your courtesy card number. Only one renewal per check out period is allowed.


We encourage you to check "My Library Account" regularly. Do not necessarily rely on email reminders. Keep your own source of calendaring to track important due dates. Community patrons also receive notifications by email if an address is provided.  Accounts without email with receive notifications via US mail. Keeping track of your account online is a good option since delays by the postal system are beyond our control and any item may be recalled at any time.

Returning Materials

In the library

Return materials to the Library Services Desk in Cooper Library, the Architecture Library or the Tillman Media Center.

Book drops

A bookdrop is located in the east campus parking lot of Cooper Library and in the parking lot of the Library Depot at the Research Park in Anderson.

Mail to:

Clemson University Libraries
Library Services 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 Library Services Desk at 864-656-1557.  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 Library Services 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 Library Services 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