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*Using Upstate's Library Online: Home

How to Request Books for Check Out

Due to COVID-19, the Upstate Library's shelves are not accessible to students, faculty, and staff. To check out any of our physical items you will need to request them to be picked up at the Circulation Desk. A video showing how to do so will be included below:


Contact Us & Other Guides

If you have questions please contact us at: 864-503-5638 


Use our Ask-a-Librarian 24/7 Chat (second tab on this page)


If you would like to explore our other guides please visit this page. We have how-to guides, course specific guides, and topic guides containing specialized resources.

Library Website and Off-Campus Access

SearchUp (Library) Catalog


Advanced Search

Search here for library books on your topic.

Electronic books are accessed through the SearchUp Catalog. In a list of results they are identified by "Available Online" underneath the title, publisher, and publication date.

  • Click on the title in the results list. This opens the record for the book.
  • Click on the link under "View Online" in the record.


  • Place keywords in quotation marks to search for an exact phrase.
    Example: "south carolina"
  • Boolean operators:
    • AND - all terms must be found; narrows a search
      Example: television and violence
    • OR - any of the terms may be found; expands a search
      Example: "mass media" or television
    • NOT - excludes the terms
      Example: mexico and not "new mexico"
  • Use an asterisk (*) to search for different variations or spellings of a word.
    Example: teen* - teen, teens, teenage, teenager, teenagers, etc.

Keyword Searching

Suggested Database & Tutorial

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