Coleman Karesh Law Library
Welcome to the Coleman Karesh Law Library at the University of South Carolina School of Law. This tour starts on the first floor of the library and work its way throughout all four floors. An audio version of this tour is available as a podcast; you may pause this recording at any time, especially as you travel between floors. Elevators are located on the left side of the library. For informational purposes, the stairs are located directly to the back of the library. You may use the stairs on this tour; however, orientation will start from the elevators on each floor.
First Floor [VIEW FLOORPLAN FOR FIRST FLOOR]
Circulation and Reference Desks
Upon first entering the library, the reference desk is on your left and the circulation desk on your right. The reference desk is staffed by our reference law librarians from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Monday through Friday. The circulation desk is staffed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM; Thursday, 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM; Friday, 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM; Saturday, 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM; and Sunday, 1:00 PM to 11:00 PM.
The circulation desk handles the checking out of books, renewal and return of library materials, processing interlibrary loan requests, and access to materials in the reserve room. The reserve room contains course materials on reserve, frequently used federal and South Carolina materials, multimedia materials, and current copies of journals. When you search the online catalog from any computer the record will indicate whether the material is located in the Reserve Room or somewhere else in the library.
The library's Ready Reference section is directly in front of you. These shelves contain general and law reference materials, ranging from law dictionaries and atlases to the United States Constitution. This shelf also contains our Self-Help collection.
[Please turn right and proceed to the computer area where the stand-alone Westlaw and Lexis printers are located.]
New Book Shelf
As you walk past the circulation desk, you will notice a bookcase containing new books on your right. These books are recent additions to the library's collection. Also on the right is a public computer and printer for use by students and public patrons. This printer requires a Carolina Card to print.
Proceed to the computer area where you will find three standing computers and three desks with computers for use by students and public patrons. Directly across from the computer area are the Westlaw and Lexis printers. These printers are where your Westlaw and Lexis printouts will be generated. If your printouts are left too long they will be picked up and stored alphabetically in the bins at the side of the printers. To the right of the computer area is the library Conference Room which may be used for group meetings. Reservations for the conference room may be made at the circulation desk.
[Turn around and walk back towards the new book shelf. Turn to your right and you will see the journals and periodicals section of the library.]
The library's collection of bound periodicals is arranged in alphabetical order by title starting to the left of the New Book Table. The first section of shelves houses journals beginning with A and ending with New York University Law Review.
[Please walk down the aisle between the first and second sections of shelves.]
When you reach the end of this section of shelves you will see the reference librarian offices to your left and right. Don't miss the periodicals on the right at the jog, right behind the water fountain. (New York University Law Review continued and other alphabetical texts.)
The journals continue on the back of the second section of shelves with Notre Dame Law Review right in front of you and end at the Southeastern Reporters and other South Carolina materials.
As you move back up the aisle you should stop at aisle 146 (these are the South Carolina Court of Appeals and Supreme Court Advance Sheets - court opinions). Turn to your right and you will see the South Carolina materials.
South Carolina and Southeastern Materials
To the right of the Supreme Court Advance Sheets at aisle 146 you will find the South Carolina and Southeastern materials. They are located in the middle toward the front of the library around several reading tables. The Southeastern Reporter, the Southeastern Digest, and the South Carolina Digest are on the tall shelves. On the counter-height shelves are the Code of Laws of South Carolina Annotated, South Carolina Acts and Joint Resolutions, and South Carolina Reports.
[Please move onto the next section of shelves toward the elevator next to the Ready Reference and facing the exit door at the back of the library. The orientation for the next section of shelves will be from the center aisle. Please feel free to wander down any rows but know that the section of materials will be oriented from the center aisle.]
Legal encyclopedias are located within the first row of shelves behind the Ready Reference section at the first white column. The collection includes American Jurisprudence (AmJur) (Green Volumes), Corpus Juris Secundum (CJS), Words and Phrases (Blue Volumes) and South Carolina Jurisprudence (Red Volumes). All are very helpful resources for beginning your research.
Digests and State Codes
Across from the encyclopedias are the digests, which are used to find cases by subject, using West's Key Number System, or by case name. The digests include the Decennial Digest, which covers all state and federal cases, and the Federal Practice Digest, which covers all federal cases, from federal district court through the Supreme Court.
[Please continue down the center aisle toward the back of the library.]
The next several sets of shelves contain all of the current state statutes (other than South Carolina) arranged in alphabetical order by state.
United States Code and Statutes at Large
After the state codes, you will find three different versions of the United States Code on tall shelves surrounding a row of reading tables. The first version on your left is the official United States Code, which contains the text of the law without annotations. It is revised every six years and is supplemented annually. Following the official United States Code are two unofficial versions, which contain library references and notes of decisions after the text of each statute. First is the maroon set of United States Code Annotated (USCA) (published by West), located next to the official United States Code. On the opposite side of the tables is the black set of United States Code Service (USCS) (published by LexisNexis). Next to the United States Code Service is the United States Statutes at Large, which contains Public Laws before they are codified in the United States Code.
Federal Register and Code of Federal Regulations
Continuing toward the back of the library, the next row after the second white column contains the last year or so of the Federal Register and the most current edition of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Also located in this section is the current paperback daily edition of the Congressional Record and the United States Code Congressional and Administrative News (USCCAN).
American Law Reports
The next section of shelves contains the American Law Reports (ALR's) with all updating and indexing materials. This set of specific topic legal annotations includes two sets, the 1st through 6th series of regular ALRs and the Federal ALRs. The federal ALRs start on this aisle and are continued on the next aisle with the state digests.
Select state digests from the Southeastern region of the country, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, are located on the last full row of shelving. These materials are not updated to the present date and care should be exercised when utilizing them.
Located above the table at the back of the library, just before the carrels, are Shepard's Citators. The library's collection includes the print Shepard's South Carolina Citations for South Carolina cases and statutes, along with Citators for the United States Code, and the regional and federal reporters.
These materials include superseded volumes and non-updated volumes and you should carefully check the dates on them.
[Please move on to the next section of shelves. Turn left and move down the last aisle in the library.]
As you move toward the grey microform file cabinets, on your left will be the State Administrative register that corresponds to the Federal register. On these shelves you will also find the Index to Legal Periodicals, Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals, and Current Law Index.
Beyond the last set of shelves in the back corner of the Library are cabinets that contain the Library's microform collection. A directory of materials within the cabinets is located on top of the second row of cabinets. The Library's electronic catalog will indicate if materials are in microform. However, certain materials can only be accessed using published indexes so please see a member of the Reference staff for more information regarding the microform collection. There is a microform reader/printer located in this area. There is also a digital microform film reader with computer and printer located next to the reference desk.
Regional, Federal & Supreme Court Reporters
Moving back toward the elevators when you leave the microform collection are shelves on the right holding regional reporters, arranged in alphabetical order by reporter name. After the regional reporters, you will find the two sets of federal reporters, including the first and second series of the Federal Supplement (covering federal district courts cases) and the second and third series of the Federal Reporter, (containing opinions from the federal courts of appeals). On both sides of the last shelf are the Supreme Court materials, including the Supreme Court Reporter and Supreme Court Digest (published by West), the United States Supreme Court Reports Lawyers' Edition (published by LexisNexis), and the official United States Reports.
Turning towards the right from the Supreme Court materials you will see a large display table of important library memorabilia and the entrance to two other rooms, the Attorney's Room and the South Carolina Legal History Room.
Attorney's Room and South Carolina Legal History Room
The Attorney's Room is available for members of the Bar for their use in research and interviews in the library. The South Carolina Legal History Room contains the South Carolina Legal History Collection encompassing both primary and secondary published sources dealing with the legal, constitutional, and political development of our state. Also of interest are the portraits, papers, and memorabilia it contains. The Legal History Room currently houses an exhibit of A Nineteenth Century Law Library: The Colcock-Hutson Collection.
[Please enter the elevator and select the Second Floor to continue the tour. You may want to pause your audio tour.]
You should note that all aisles on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floor are marked with aisle numbers on the front side. Additionally, the Library of Congress call numbers are also on placards on the top of each aisle.
Upon exiting the elevator, turn left. The IT offices are in front of you. At aisle 201 turn right and you will find the Library computer labs. There is another computer lab door which can be accessed at the end of the aisle.
Because a login name and password are required for access, only law students are able to use the labs. For all floors, the tour will move from left to right for the shelves on the front half of the floor, then from right to left for the shelves on the back half of the floor. You should end up back near the elevators.
Moving down the aisle away from the IT offices and the computer lab, you will find books, treatises, and loose-leaf services on the major subjects of the law arranged by Library of Congress call numbers in increasing order as you move towards the end of the first row of shelves from the elevator and continuing to increase as you move back up the second row of shelves towards the end of the center aisle. This system operates the same on the 2nd, 3rd, and fourth floors.
(Check top of aisle for placards showing Library of Congress numbers)
Included on this floor (in ascending call number order) are journals of federal and state Bar Associations arranged in alphabetical order beginning at K1. British materials start at the call number KD in the first section of shelves near the end of the row at aisle 226 and continued through aisle 233 at the end of the library.
[Walk to the center aisle and turn around. Head back towards the computer labs.]
The Canadian materials are on the second section of shelves at the call number KE. (Starting at aisle 234 and continuing through Aisle 237.) Legal forms begin at Library of Congress shelves marked KF170. (Aisle 240)
Continue moving towards the computer lab and browsing at the materials. You should note all of the Restatement materials at KF395.A2. (Aisles 246-247)
Towards the last section of shelves are materials on Insurance and Bankruptcy at aisle 255-261.
[Walk along the computer labs to the elevators. Please enter the elevator and select the Third Floor to continue the tour. You may want to pause your audio tour.]
On the third floor are materials with the Library of Congress call numbers KF2994 through KF-Z. These materials start at aisle 301 and end at aisle 374.
The first row of shelves includes materials on topics such as Employment Law, Environmental Law, and Tax law. Copyright materials starts at aisle 301 to 302. You can browse the materials as you walk towards the end of the library. Of particular note are the practice materials starting at KF8816, (aisle 326 and 327) including Proof of Facts and Causes of Action.
The state materials begin at the end of the first row of shelves and continue on the second row of shelves. All South Carolina materials are classified with the Library of Congress prefix of KFS. You can note these materials from the placards on the shelves with the Library of Congress designations. The end of the second row of shelves includes International materials, United Nations materials, and United States Treaty materials.
[Please enter the elevator and select the Fourth Floor to continue the tour. You may want to pause your audio tour.]
The fourth floor of the law library houses duplicate and superseded sets, but also contains important South Carolina and other materials. The aisles are numbered from 401 to 474.
This floor contains the newly added student group study rooms. These rooms are located at the back of the library and can be reserved through the circulation desk.
The first row of shelves includes an additional set of the federal reporters and the United States Code Annotated, superseded Codes of Federal Regulations, the bound Congressional Record, and superseded Martindale-Hubbells volumes.
The second row of shelves contains a second copy of American Law Reports, South Carolina Supreme Court and Court of Appeals records and briefs, (Aisle 442) South Carolina Senate and House journals, and an additional set of South Carolina Reports. Also housed on the second row is an additional set of the current Code of Laws of South Carolina Annotated along with previous versions of the Code. The fourth floor collection ends with a second set of regional reporters.
The stairs are located at the back of the library connecting the fourth floor to all other floors.
You have now completed the Audio Tour of the Coleman Karesh Law Library at the University of South Carolina School of Law.
[Please enter the elevator and select the first floor to return.]
Thank you and we look forward to working with you!
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