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Distance Learners and Distributed Education: Accessing Library Resources

Distance Learning Support for Distributed Education


Please note that as of June 1 many of our on-site library services in Greenville and Spartanburg as well as PASCAL Delivers and orders for physical materials on Interlibrary Loan are still suspended. If you have checked out books from the Upstate Library or PASCAL Delivers, you will not be charged overdue fees during this crisis. (Contact Access Services at if you have questions.) All of the library's online services and resources are available to you including our 24/7 Ask a Librarian service. You are also welcome to contact individual librarians by email. We expect some on-site services to be phased in over the next several weeks. Check the Library Home Page for more information.


The USC Upstate Library provides resources and services for Students enrolled in all modes of Distance or Distributed Education and Faculty teaching such courses:

  • Online or hybrid courses offered through the Spartanburg or Greenville campuses.
  • Face-to-face courses at the University Center in Greenville.
  • Online programs in Criminal Justice, Engineering Technology Management, Health Informatics, Information Management and Systems, and the RN to BSN in Nursing in collaboration with Palmetto College.
  • Courses offered at BMW as part of the Advanced Manufacturing Management program.
  • Dual enrollment courses offered at local high schools.

Login Information

When accessing library resources from off campus, you will need to log in to most library databases, ebooks in the Library Catalog, and certain library services. When on campus or using Spartan GreenSky, you only need to log in once to access most library resources. You will use either your USC Network or USC Upstate Username and Password, depending on what resources you need to access. (Note: Your Username may or may not be the same for both logins, but your Passwords will probably differ unless you have reset them to be the same.)

USC Network Login - This is the same login you use for Blackboard. It is also used for the My Account feature of the Library Catalog and for PASCAL Delivers. (My Account and PASCAL can also be accessed using your last name and the barcode from your Carolina Card.)

USC Upstate Login - This is similar to your USC Upstate email login. Your Username is the first part of your email address up to the @ symbol. Your Password is the same as that for your Upstate email. You use this login for most library databases, for ebooks and the "Off Campus Access" login link in the Library Catalog, Interlibrary Loan, Spartan GreenSky, and to log in to computers and printers in labs on campus.

For more information and help with passwords, see these pages:

You can eliminate multiple logins from off-campus by using Spartan GreenSky, a software that creates a virtual desktop on your computer or mobile device that is just like being on campus. GreenSky gives you access to your USC Upstate email account, Microsoft Office software, and cloud storage. It also facilitates printing on the Greenville and Spartanburg campuses.

Carolina Card (USC Upstate student ID)

You will need to use your Carolina Card (USC Upstate student ID) to check out books from the Upstate Library, use PASCAL Delivers and Visiting Patron services, and to request items from Interlibrary Loan. Your card also facilitates releasing print jobs on the multifunction printers in Greenville and Spartanburg and accessing the 24/7 lab in Spartanburg.

To obtain a Carolina Card, contact the University Department of Public Safety on the Spartanburg campus or Rosie Meindl on the Greenville campus.

Greenville Librarian Hours

Andrew Kearns is on-site at the University Center Library in Greenville Monday-Wednesday during Fall and Spring Semesters and on Wednesday during Summer Session. Appointments for reference and research consultations may be made through Book a Librarian on the Ask a Librarian page. Contact him directly to make appointments for other times and days. Exact hours and changes of schedule are posted on his office door.