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Hollings Library

The Irvin Department of Rare Books & Special Collections, South Carolina Political Collections, and Digital Collections share the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library and the Dorothy B. Smith Reading Room.

The Hollings Library is accessed through the main level of Thomas Cooper Library at 1322 Greene Street, Columbia, SC.

The Smith Reading Room, located in the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library, will be available from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.  All users are  required to register and request items in advance from the South Carolina Political Collections or Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections.

Those who need to meet with a member of the library faculty or staff should contact the appropriate librarian and make arrangements before coming to the library.

Those interested in working with library faculty to schedule a class visit or to find digital and distance education alternatives to special collections materials for their courses are encouraged to contact the appropriate librarian for scheduling.



Visiting and Assistance

  • Patrons with disabilities may use the handicapped-accessible parking for Thomas Cooper Library and may enter the Hollings Building through the Thomas Cooper Library.
  • Patrons may request material from either SCPC or Rare Books at the desk.
  • Review our Reading Room Policies.


Location and Hours

View the hours for the Hollings Library.


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