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Coleman Karesh Law Library

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About the Law Library

Welcome to the Coleman Karesh Law Library. This library of over 500,000 volumes is the largest law library in South Carolina and one of the larger in the southeast. The Law Library's collections encompass American law, the legal history of South Carolina, international and comparative law. We believe that you will be able to find here answers to almost any question of law, regardless of its complexity.

The Coleman Karesh Law Library is an academic, research library with the primary goal of supporting the work of the faculty and students of the School of Law and the University. However, the Law Library also actively serves the University community, the government, the South Carolina bar, and the citizens of this state.

Library Brochure

Library Policies

A. General Rules

We ask that you follow a few rules which will contribute significantly to the comfort of everyone, and the maintenance of the collection:

  1. Do not bring food into the library.
  2. Drinks must be in containers with tops or lids.
  3. Reshelve the books you have been using.
  4. Keep conversations, including cell phone use, as quiet and as brief as possible.
  5. The computers in the law library are for research and academic use. The library reserves the right to ask those not engaged in such use to vacate the machines.
  6. Computer labs close and copy machines are turned off 15 minutes before Library closes.

B. Policies

Library Hours

The Law Library will observe the following schedule during the Spring Exam period:

Monday, April 6 through Friday, May 1:

Monday–Thursday 7:00 am–1:00 am
Friday 7:00 am–Midnight
Saturday 9:00 am–Midnight
Sunday 10:00 am–1:00 am

NOTE: The library will close at 7pm on Friday, May 1.

The Law Library will observe the following schedule during the summer period:

Saturday, May 2 to Sunday, May 31:
NOTE: The Law Library will be open Sunday, May 3 from 1:00 pm–5:00 pm

Monday–Friday 8:00 am–7:00 pm
Saturday CLOSED
Monday, June 1 to Saturday, July 4:
Monday–Friday 8:00 am–8:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am–6:00 pm
NOTE: The Law Library will be closed Saturday, July 4.
Sunday, July 5 to Saturday, July 18:
Sunday 1:00 pm–9:00 pm
Monday–Friday 8:00 am–9:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am–7:00pm
Sunday, July 19 to Thursday, July 23
Sunday 1:00 pm–9:00 pm
Monday–Friday 8:00 am–11:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am–7:00 pm
Friday, July 24 to Wednesday, August 19:
Monday–Friday 8:00 am–7:00 pm
Saturday CLOSED

Regular hours will resume on Thursday, August 20.

NOTE: Admittance to the law school building after 9:00 pm is restricted to USC faculty, staff, students, and members of the bar with proper ID.

Library Faculty and Staff

Library Services