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How do I pay for printing or copying at the library?

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CSU Students who are currently enrolled in classes can log in to print from any computer in the library or at the copier with their CSU ID number and PIN.  Cost of printing is $0.05/page for black and white, and $0.25/page for color.  

Anyone not enrolled in classes must ask for help with printing or copying at the reference desk on the main floor of the library.  Cost is $0.10/page for black and white, and $0.25 for color.

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How do I access CSU library resources from off campus?

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The CSU Library’s web page provides access to the Online Catalog and to other electronic resources, which include more than 100,000 e-books and thousands of online journal titles located in nearly 200 databases.  Database access from on campus is by IP recognition – no usernames or passwords are required.  From off-campus, you will be prompted for a username (your first initial and last name in one string) and a password (your CSU ID number).

If distance prevents a student from using library materials on campus, circulating materials from CSU’s print collection may be mailed to off-site students with a return address label. The student is responsible for return postage. Subject to copyright limitations, journal articles or a book chapter available in the CSU Library’s print collection may be scanned and sent to off-site students electronically. 

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Do I have checkout privileges at other libraries?

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Yes.  CSU is a member of PASCAL, the statewide academic consortium, which provides checkout privileges at most of the college and university libraries in the state.  You may request books directly from other South Carolina academic libraries through the online union catalog at PASCAL Delivers.  Books are delivered to campus five days a week by a statewide courier service and may be picked up at the CSU Library. 

You also have walk-in checkout privileges, using your CSU student ID card, at the PASCAL member libraries in the state, including these local academic libraries:  The Citadel, College of Charleston, Trident Technical College, and the Medical University of South Carolina.  You may designate another member library as your pick-up point through the PASCAL Delivers web page.  Articles that are not available through CSU’s online databases cannot be requested through PASCAL Delivers but require the submission of an Interlibrary Loan request form.  

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What are the library hours?

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Library hours for fall and spring semesters are typically the following:

  • Sunday          3pm-midnight
  • Monday          7am-midnight
  • Tuesday         7am-midnight
  • Wednesday    7am-midnight
  • Thursday        7am-midnight
  • Friday             7am-5pm
  • Saturday         1pm-5pm

Hours during fall and spring semesters may change as a results of breaks and holidays.

Please see our hours schedule for the most current information.

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How do I checkout materials from the library?

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Students, faculty, and staff must present a current CSU ID card and have an active borrower record in the campus database.  Please do not allow others to checkout items in your name.  Fines are imposed for overdue, lost, or damaged materials.  Further information about checking out library materials is available via our Circulation Policies.

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Does the library have my textbook?

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No.  In the event that a textbook shipment is short or delayed, faculty members may place a copy on reserve at the Circulation Desk until the order is filled.  The Learning Center at Charleston Southern has a limited number of textbooks for core courses.

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How do I access the wireless network in the library?

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To access the wireless network on campus, follow the on screen instructions that appear in your browser when you first connect to the network.  Vistors to campus should ask a library staff member for help accessing the network.  If you have a problem with the wireless network, please contact Technology Services.

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Does the library provide space for study groups?

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Yes.  Group study rooms are available for CSU student use only.  They may be checked out in two-hour blocks of time and may be renewed once if no one is waiting.  Room capacity varies from 2 to 8.  Individuals may not use study rooms.  To see if a room is available, visit Student Group Study Rooms. NOTE:  Rooms are not sound-proof.

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How do I get help with research?

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The library staff at the L. Mendel Rivers Library would be glad to help you with your research!

  • You can stop by the Questions Desk and speak to a staff member
  • Call us at (843) 863-7946
  • Text us at (843) 277-6881
  • Email us at

You can also schedule a research appointment with a librarian.

Let us know how we can serve you!


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How do I cite a source in APA or another citation style?

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For help with citing sources in APA, MLA, and other citation styles, please visit our citation help page.

You may also want to visit Purdue OWL for help with citations.

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Can I print from my laptop?

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While you can't print directly from your laptop, you do have two options..

1) Email the document to yourself and then print the document from a library computer on the main level or the BILT Center.

2) Save your document to a USB flash drive, and then insert the drive into a library computer on the main level or the BILT Center and print your document.

* if you need a USB flash drive, stop by the Questions Desk

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My class meets in LB. Where is that?

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Classes that have a location of LB (ex. LB104) are located in the library basement.


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Does the library close during chapel?

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Yes, the library is closed for chapel during the fall and spring semesters. Chapel is held biweekly in the Lightsey Auditorium on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. throughout each semester.

Please the chapel schedule for more information.

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Does the library have a scanner?

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We have a flatbed digital scanner workstation on the main level, which may be used free of charge to make digital copies.
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Where can I print in color?

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The color printer is located on the main floor of the library. 

When printing a document, select the printer named LIBCOLOR from the dropdown list. 

CSU students will have 25 cents deducted from their print account for each page printed. Visitors should stop by the Questions Desk for help with color printing.

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