Faculty and Staff

Library Card

Your Clemson University ID is your library card

Check out periods

Faculty and staff may have 300 items at a time checked out.

MaterialsTime Periods
Books* 12 weeks
Magazines, journals, and newspapers 3 for 3 days
Popular reading materials (books, audiobooks) 4 for 4 weeks
Materials on reserve Varies
Videos 4 weeks
DVDs 4 weeks
Music CDs 4 weeks
Juvenile books 12 weeks

* All books subject to recall.

Checking out items

To find out if the library has a book, journal, CD, DVD, or other item, check the online catalog.
If an item is listed in the catalog as IN PROCESS, use the In Process Request Form to have it cataloged and held for you at the Library Services Desk. When it has been cataloged, it will be delivered to you. (Do NOT use for items listed as On Order or In Pre-Order Process.) Bring items for checkout to the Library Services Desk in Cooper Library or the Architecture Library.

View a checkout list

You can access your library account online. You can view the items you currently have checked out and their due dates.

Online book checkout

Request that books be checked out and delivered to you. (Journals must be checked out in-person.)

Renew Items


Bring materials to the Library Services Desk in Cooper Library or the Architecture Library for renewal, or just your Tiger One card. It is not necessary to have your books with you to have them renewed!

Online renewals

Renew books online from My Library Account.

Page and Hold/Recall

If a book is checked-out, you may request a recall/hold using My Library Account. Log in, search the catalog for the item you you want to recall or hold, then click on the hold/recall button. The patron who has it is guaranteed two weeks, but must then return it. You will be notified when it is available. All books are subject to recall.

If you do not return a recalled item by the specified date, you will not be able to check out or recall anything else.

If an item is available you may page the item and have it held for you at the circualtion desk by using My Library Account. Log in, search the catalog for the item you you want to page, then click on the hold/recall button. Please allow up to 24hours for page requests to be processed. Once your requested item has been pulled, you will receive an email notification that the item is ready to be picked up. 

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.

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.

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

Can't Find Something?

If an item appears to be missing from the collection, send a Cooper Library Search Request, an Architecture Library Search Request, or a Tillman Library Search Request. You can also come by the Circulation Desk. We will search for it and notify you when we find it. If we can't find it, you can submit an Interlibrary Loan request for the missing book or article.

Interlibrary Loan

Use Interlibrary Loan to obtain a book or journal article not available in the Clemson University Libraries.

Requested books will be delivered to your department and photocopies of requested articles will be mailed to you.

If you prefer to pick up items at the Library Services Desk in Cooper Library, indicate this on the request form and you will be notified when they are available for pickup.

Check out Privileges at other Libraries


PASCAL** participating institutions

 **PASCAL is a partnership among South Carolina Academic Libraries.         


Patrons visiting PASCAL institiutions must have their university ID card to obtain materials.

Document Delivery (Article and Book Requests)

Clemson Library's Document Delivery Service provides free delivery of library materials to faculty, staff, and eligible students. 

Proxy Cards for Research/Teaching Assistants

If you want your research or teaching assistants to check out materials in your name, request a "proxy card" for the student. Send the request on departmental letterhead stationery to Cooper Library Services Desk, including the student's name and ID number, your name and ID number and the term (fall, spring, etc.) or use the online request form. You are responsible for all material checked out using the proxy card and will be billed for any material charged to the proxy card and not returned.


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

Room Reservations

Reserve a room in Cooper Library for groups of 5 or more people.

Information regarding Brown Room usage can be found by visiting the Edgar Brown Digital Resources Laboratory.

Library Purchase Request

If you would like to suggest that the Libraries purchase an item (book, journal, CD, DVD, etc.),
please contact the subject librarian for the appropriate subject area.


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

Clemson University Libraries