Library Information

Address and Location

L. Mendel Rivers Library
9200 University Boulevard
P.O. Box 118087
Charleston, SC 29423-8087
(843) 863-7938
(843) 863-7947 (fax)

The library is located next to Lightsey Chapel. See #7 on the campus map.

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The Library's Hours of Operation are listed on the Library's Home Page

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Virtual Tour

Explore the CSU Library from your computer by taking this Virtual Tour

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Circulation Policies

The Library's Circulation Policies webpage lists information about who may borrow library materials, how long materials may be borrowed, what fines are charged for overdue, lost, or damaged materials, how to obtain materials the CSU library does not own, and more.

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Student Group Study Rooms

The Library has several student group study rooms available on the second floor overlooking the Reflection Pond. The Student Group Study Room Policies webpage lists information about who may use student group study rooms, policies for using the study rooms, hours available, and sign-in/out procedures.

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Library Users

The library primarily offers service to CSU students, faculty, and staff. However, students from other area colleges, universities, and high schools, as well as members of the community, may use the library's resources. Library users are asked to be considerate of others by refraining from loud conversation -- especially in the Reference Room -- and from bringing small children into the library. Cell phones may not be used in study areas. Food or tobacco products are not allowed. Drinks in covered spill-proof containers are permitted.

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BILT Center (student use computers)

The Bibliographic Instruction and Library Technology (BILT) Center is located on the second floor of the library. It is used primarily for library instruction sessions. When not in use for library classes, the BILT Center is available for use by CSU students, faculty, and staff. The room contains computers with Internet access, Microsoft Office, DVD-ROM drives, and USB ports. Any files or other software saved on library computers will be erased whenever the computer is rebooted, which occurs at least nightly. Software which requires installation or setup generally cannot be used in the BILT Center. Students needing to run other software should use one of the Campus Computer Labs. Black/white and color laser printing is available from all of the library's computers. Students use your Print Management Account for printing. Non-students may use the first floor computers and pay for printing at the Circulation Desk. Additional computers are located in the first floor Reference Room and Lobby. A digital scanner is also available in the first floor Lobby.

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Wireless Access

Wireless Internet access is available on both floors of the Library, as well as in the classrooms on the lower level of the Library building, for persons bringing in their own laptop computers with wireless cards. Library staff cannot provide assistance with installing or configuring wireless access cards. For such assistance contact Administrative Services at (843) 863-8053. The Administrative Services office is located on the 2nd floor of the Strom Thurmond Student Center. The office hours are from 8am until 5pm, Monday through Friday. For more information, see Wireless Technology at Charleston Southern University.

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Java City Coffee Café

Located at the entrance to the L. Mendel Rivers Library, the Java City Coffee Café offers a full menu of hot and cold beverages and selected munchies in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Beverages in covered containers are allowed in the Library.

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Library Mission Statement

The purpose of the L. Mendel Rivers Library is to support the mission of Charleston Southern University by providing students and faculty with bibliographic, physical, and intellectual access to recorded knowledge and information. The primary responsibility of the library is to support the instructional program of the University through information literacy training and by acquiring, organizing and providing access to appropriate information resources.

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Library Goals

Goal #1: To ensure that the resources of the library support the curricula of the University at an appropriate level.

Goal #2: To provide appropriate assistance in using and interpreting the library collection.

Goal #3: To provide appropriate access to material not held by the library.

Goal #4: To enable students to develop and achieve the ACRL Information Literacy Standards for Higher Education.

Goal #5: To provide adequate physical facilities to house, service, and make the library collection and services easily accessible to faculty and students.

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Policy on Privacy of Library Records

Information on the CSU Library's policy regarding the confidentiality and disclosure of personal information contained in library records can be found on the Library Policies webpage.

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