How do I search South Caroliniana Library's collections?


To search our collections, please start with our online catalog, which can be found on our main webpage.

To search by keyword, enter keywords in the search box and click “search.” Or, you can follow the link below the search box to "Advanced Search." There you will be able to search specific fields within the catalog records and build searches with "AND," "OR," or "NOT."

In your first results page, you may limit your results further to physical and digital items held by University Libraries, including South Caroliniana Library, by clicking the drop-down arrow next to the search box where it says “Articles, Books and More,” choosing “USC Libraries,” and clicking the magnifying glass search icon to refresh your results. Then, if you wish to limit specifically to items within South Caroliniana Library's collections, click the checkboxes to choose all locations that have "South Caroliniana" as part of their name under the "Location" menu (at the left of the screen on a computer or under the filters icon on your phone). This may not seem intuitive, but choosing locations containing "South Caroliniana" returns a complete set of South Caroliniana Library Collections, while choosing "South Caroliniana Library" under "Library" does not always return a complete set.

In addition to searching our catalog, you can search finding aids to many of our larger collections.

We also have online Digital Collections and the Historical Newspapers of South Carolina.

If you have questions, please contact us.

Please also see "How can I see collection materials from South Caroliniana Library?"


  • Last Updated Sep 19, 2023
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  • Answered By Todd Hoppock

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