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New in the Library

Summer Hours

Monday - Friday - 8:30 - 4:30

Weekends - Closed

Exam Hours

Exam Hours Begin Sunday, April 18. Wait! What?

That's right. This spring the Thrift Library is offering two weeks of extended exam hours.

Trial Database - CQ Researcher

Who Has the Longest 2020-21 Private College/University Hours in SC?

This may come to a surprise to you, but the Thrift Library now has the LONGEST hours of any private college or university library in SC!

Normally we would be third or fourth behind Furman, Wofford and Charleston Southern, but not this year. This year many libraries reduced their hours due to COVID. Many have been closing at 10:00 PM. But not us. The Thrift Library has continued to be open 90.5 hours per week, the same as past years, and now has the longest schedule of the 22 private academic libraries in SC. Click on the Comparison of Library Hours of SC Peer Institutions Doc at the bottom of this box for a comparison.

Both the library's regular hours and its exam hours are reviewed on a regular basis to determine the need for expansion. (We know how many users are the building every half hour we are open going back many years.) Due to COVID, the numbers coming in this year are down 20% or more in all areas of measurement – gate count, occupancy count, study room usage, reserves usage, and book circulation. Consequently this would not be a good year to study our hours with regard to expanding them. Any study during COVID would probably suggest we need to shorten hours.

Although we did not extend exam hours this past fall – most students had gone home – we maintained normal hours for a mostly empty building. This spring we will expand hours during exams to 1:00, and we will begin the expansion Sunday, April 18, the week before exams.

One other thing. We don't try to compete with Clemson or USC on hours. After all they have ten times as many staff as we do. But, just out of curiosity, we checked. Guess who has longer hours during 2020-21?

  • Clemson - 85.5 hours per week
  • U of SC - 90.1 hours per week
  • Anderson - 90.5 hours per week

Student Library Survey, 2020-21 - Results

The 2020-21 Student Library Survey had the highest number of participants, prize winners, Comments and Requests ever, Fascinating reading!

It also had the second highest overall score in the past thirty years. 

Which question do you think scored highest?

  • Librarians are knowledgeable and adept at finding information
  • Library facilities are clean and well maintained 
  • The library provides adequate space for quiet study.

No. it wasn't Library Hours are adequate for my needs. But, guess what private academic college/university in SC has the longest weekly hours with 90.5? 

Easter Holiday / Post Holiday Hours / Exam Hours

IGI-Global Database - with books created by AU's Benjamin Deaton, Everon Maxey and Jeffrey Moore

This year the Thrift Library is participating in an Evidence Based trial of IGI-Global Database. This is where we place a deposit with the vendor in order to gain access to the entire database. At the end of the trial, the deposit is applied to the titles that are used the most. Content is discoverable through either the database or OneSearch.

Titles include:

  • Destination Management and Marketing: Breakthroughs in Research and Practice
  • Encyclopedia of Organizational Knowledge, Administration, and Technology
  • Handbook of Research on Modern Educational Technologies
  • The Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology
  • Handbook of Research on Creating Meaningful Experiences in Online Courses 
  • Handbook of Research on Human Development in the Digital Age. Includes "Mobile Technology and Learning," by Benjamin Deaton.
  • Handbook of Research on Mobile Technology, Constructivism, and Meaningful Learning. Includes "Identifying Effective Uses of Mobiles for Encouraging 21st Century Skills," by Benjamin Deaton.
  • Training Initiatives and Strategies for the Modern Workforce, includes "Impetus for Culture Transformation," by Everon Maxey and Jeffrey Moore.

New Databases - March 2021




De Gruyter is a free eBook platform where you can place eBooks purchased from De Gruyter and university publishers at a discounted price.

  • Columbia University Press
  • Amsterdam University Press
  • Cornell University Press
  • Harvard University Press
  • Princeton University Press
  • Rutgers University Press
  • Stanford University Press
  • University of California Press
  • University of Chicago Press
  • University of Pennsylvania Press
  • University of Toronto Press
  • Yale University Press

The De Gruyter eBook platform is more likely to provide DRM-Free eBooks with unlimited users than some of its competitors

Name That Author

Library Puns - Yeah, they're really bad!

Libraries are good for circulation.

I wanted to visit the world’s biggest library but it was overbooked.

Dewey belong together?

Believe in your shelf.

Student Library Survey - Tell Us What You Think. Win a Prize. - Ends Wed. March 10.

Last year, for the first time since 1989, the library did not survey its users. We want to make up for that this year with the largest number of participants ever and we are not going to let COVID hold us back. Enter your name into a drawing for ten times the usual number of door prizes - $25 Target card, and 40 vouchers for Chronicles Café (Smoothies, Specialty Coffees, Cookies, and Brownies.) We will also give away a variety of bling - travel mugs, usb drives and chargers, tote bags, and a collapsible laundry bag.

Has COVID-19 Inspired you?

Anne Frank Diary, St Nicholas Church, Kiel, Germany. Wikicommons

In 79 AD Pliny the Younger witnessed the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.

Marco Polo went to China

Fifteen year old Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazi's during the holocaust.

Thoreau had an interesting year at Walden Pond. 

How do we know?

They wrote it down.


You too are living through interesting times. You too are a part of history. Have you been writing it down? Have you been documenting it? If so the Thrift Library of Anderson University wants your story. Write it down. Video it. Photograph it. Paint it. Record it. And give us a copy. We will put it in our archives.

Career Topics

How Big is the Thrift Library?

Imagine that the Thrift Library’s physical collections – Books, DVDs, Music CDs, Scores - were as big as the Earth.


How to Renew

Standard checkout for library materials is three weeks followed by unlimited renewals through the end of the semester. 

But how do you renew?

Follow the easy instructions below to renew individual titles or all at once.

This Spring the Thrift Library will provide 132 eTextbooks with unlimited users for 252 classes.


Want to see a free movie? Try one of these from SWANK.


All About Vaccines

Christmas Reading

Want something to read over Christmas?

Or watch on DVD?

Or listen to on CD? 

We will extend the checkout period till classes begin in January.

Ask-a-Librarian - Contact the library via phone, text, email, chat, Don't forget FAQs.

Got Questions?  Ask-a-Librarian.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 10 am - 4 pm
Wednesday, November 25, 2020 Closed
Thursday, November 26, 2020 Closed
Friday, November 27, 2020 Closed
Saturday, November 28, 2020 Closed
Sunday, November 29, 2020 3:00 - 8:00
Monday, November 30, 2020 10:00 - 8:00
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 10:00 - 8:00
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 10:00 - 8:00
Thursday, December 3, 2020 10:00 - 8:00
Friday, December 4, 2020 10:00 - 4:00
Dec. 5 - Jan. 18 Closed
Start normal schedule Jan 19

              Image provided by Britannica ImageQuest.

Going home? Want to keep your library books over the break?. That's fine with us.

Not only does the library want you to retain all the books you currently have out that you need, it wants you to check out more.

  • Want to get started on spring semester early? Check out some books.
  • Want to catch up on some recreational fiction? Check out some books.
  • Want to explore a topic you’ve never had time for? Check out some books.

If you get a renewal notice, you can either renew online or simply ignore it. No fine will be levied.

Here is how you can renew online.

Don't want to carry books home and back. Don't forget ebooks. We have over a half million.

International Education Week, Nov. 16-20

Check out our book display next to the library's fireplace.

Online Magazines in the Thrift Library Collection

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Study Rooms Get Expanded Seating

Due to social distancing (the six foot rule) all study room seating was reduced to two per room this summer. This was done in part because study rooms are equipped with a single table and there was no way to place more than two people six feet apart on the same table.

Then we got clever. What if we had more tables? So we put out an appeal and the Physical Plant found three more tables.

Now Study Rooms 101, 103, and 106 have two tables and four chairs, and everyone still gets to sit six feet apart.

How can you stay safe in a study room?

  • Stay six feet apart.
  • Wipe down the tables after use.
  • Limit use to two hours – or less.
  • Keep the door open to encourage good ventilation.
  • Take a break half way through your session.
  • Wash hands after use.
  • Never exceed the occupation limit.

Former Missionary Donates to Special Collection – Come See Our Display


The Thrift Library was recently gifted a collection of memorabila by former missionary, Rev. John Dill of the Southern Baptist Convention, currently working here in Anderson with the Saluda  Baptist Association as Director of Missions.

Rev. Dill donated items from his years in the Philippines and travels in Zambia.

Come by and see them.

Thrift Library App - Updated and Improved - Search library resources, reserve study rooms, check our hours and calendar, contact the library and view maps.

Free Textbooks - Fall 2020


The library has acquired 139 eTextbooks for the Fall Semester, the largest number ever. Want to save our student's $173,000? Post the provided links in Canvas and let your students know they have free textbooks at their disposal.

Library Home Page gets a makeover

undefinedTaking advantage of the New OneSearch and its integration of multiple library functions, the library has simplified its Home Page.

Gone are:

  • Find a Journal - Replaced by Journal Search
  • Multiple Research links - Combined into a single Research Assistance jump page
  • Library Catalog - Integrated into the NEW OneSearch
  • eBook databases - Integrated into the NEW OneSearch

OneSearch has been greatly expanded and improved

Find books, eBooks, articles, media, databases, journals, research guides, and more. 

  • It's more than a Library Catalog. 
  • More than a search engine.
  • More than Find A Journal.
  • its everything combined onto one platform.

COVID-19 Library Policies - Fall 2020 - Touchless Checkout, Digital Reserves, Ask-A-Librarian, Online Library Instruction – things are going to look a little different this fall.

Social distancing

  • Lounge seating will be spread out.
  • Most tables will limited to 2 users.
  • 1 passenger on elevator.

Study Rooms 

  • Maximum of two users.
  • Maximum of two hours.
  • Mandatory 10 minutes between reservations.
  • Masks required in an enclosed space.

No coffee (unless someone invents a way to drink it through their mask.)

Three day quarantine - All library materials will be quarantined for three days upon return. Student workers shelve them using gloves.

Open Stacks - Users will be able to browse the stacks and select materials.

Touchless Checkout - The library's two check out stations at the Front Desk will have sneeze shields installed with bar code readers placed facing the front. Patrons hold their AU IDs under the reader, then scan the barcodes on their books. Reciepts are emailed. 

Digital Course Reserves - Faculty are asked to switch from physical reserves to digital reserves. To successfully accomplish this, please contact your library liaison ASAP so that we can identify, purchase, and provide links for use in Canvas.

Public Computers

  • Computers have been spread out across the library. We actually have more. 
  • Please wipe keyboard and mouse before use with disinfectant wipes.

Ask-A-Librarian - This service tripled in 2019-20.. We will continue to promote its use 7 days a week as the preferred method of assistance.

Online Library Instruction - Although we can visit your class, we would prefer to do it online via zoom, LibGuides, canned videos, etc.

Mail Out - Students and faculty located more than 30 minutes from campus may request mail out of library materials. The library pays for outgoing mail. The user pays to return materials. Contact the library via phone or email.

Scan and Deliver - Another option is to request chapter scanning of books. Note: Copyright laws forbid scanning entire books, but one chapter per book is ok.