Undergraduate Students

Library Card

Your Clemson University ID is your library card.

Check out periods

Undergraduates may have 100 items at a time checked out.

Materials Check out period
Books* 4 weeks
Magazines, journals, and newspapers None
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 4 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. You will be notified when it is available for pickup. (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

Distance education students and students with certain/some disabilities may request that books be checked out and mailed to them. Contact us for more information by calling 864-656-3027.

Renew Items


Bring materials to the Circulation 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/Hold and Recall

If a book is checked-out, and the due date is more than two weeks away, 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 be charged $1.00 per day late fee and 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 Library Services Desk by using My Library Account. Log in, search the catalog for the item 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. 

Please note that recall requests take precedence over hold requests.

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.


Books 25¢ per item per day
Magazines, journals, newspapers, and recalled materials $1.00 per item per day
Popular Reading Materials (books, audiobooks) 25¢ per item per day
Videos/DVDs and Music CDs 25¢ per item per day
Equipment (cameras, camcorders, etc) $20.00 per day
Equipment Accessories (tripods, cables, etc) $5.00 per day
Reserve materials Varies from $1.00 per hour to $1.00 per day

Undergraduate students receive notifications by email.

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.

Students receive notifications by use of the University email system; however, the responsibility for keeping up with due dates and renewals lies with each patron.  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.

Outstanding debts are turned over to the Bursar's Office at the end of each semester. Clemson's Student Handbook clearly states that any indebtedness to the University that becomes past due, immediately jeopardizes the student's continued enrollment and he/she will not be allowed to reenroll in any subsequent semester until the indebtedness is resolved. The Handbook goes on to state that the University may assess a $25 fee on any indebtedness and that any collection costs associated with the debt will also be the student's responsibility.

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.

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.

PASCAL Delivers

Use PASCAL Delivers to obtain books not owned by the Clemson University Libraries

Interlibrary Loan

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

Check out Privileges at other Libraries

Clemson faculty and staff can checkout items at any  PASCAL** participating institution. You must have your University ID card to obtain materials. 

Requesting Photocopies of Articles

Distance education students and students with disabilities may request a photocopy of an article in a journal owned by the library. 

Room Reservations 

  Information on study room usage and policies can be found here. Rooms may be reserved online here.


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