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  • Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang speaking to students at the 2018 Fall Literary Festival

    Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang at the 2018 Fall Literary Festival


Friends members connect with other lifelong learners in a rich variety of events and experiences, both virtual and in-person gallery exhibit tours, workshops, talks with authors, artists and musicians, and conversations with our conservators and curators.

2023 Events

All the events below are open to the public and Friends of University Libraries.

Bookmark this page to stay up-to-date on our free, fun virtual and in-person events.

Please note that due to community health concerns, some events are virtual and those that are in-person may be moved to a virtual platform.

We hope to see you soon! 

October 2023
South Caroliniana Library grand reopening celebration

We’re nearing completion of the renovation of the South Caroliniana Library, which opened in 1840 as the nation’s first freestanding academic library. Revisit this page for the most up-to-date information about all the grand reopening events, talks and tours we’ll be hosting to celebrate the majesty of this landmark on the Historic Horseshoe.

Fall Literary Festival

This year’s Fall Literary Festival begins on October 11 and features evening sessions with three authors: poet and USC alumnus Atsuro Riley, naturalist and SC native Drew Lanham, and children’s author and journalist Amina Luqman-Dawson. 

Home Movie Day

Come join us for Moving Image Research Collections’ Home Movie Day 2023, Saturday, October 21 at the Nickelodeon Theater. Drop in any time between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to view home movies celebrating this year’s theme: Women Behind the Camera. 



In case you missed it

April 2021

Public History Program Oral History Collection
Launched in April 2021, 36 past students and former faculty directors talk about the Public History Program, dedicated to training graduate students in historic preservation, material culture, and history and theory of museums. Learn more and listen here.

February 2021

Creating and Restoring the South Caroliniana Library
You’re invited to watch this University Libraries and USC Press conversation about the history and restoration of the South Caroliniana Library with author John M. Bryan, architect Jay White and University of South Carolina archivist Elizabeth West. When it was opened as the South Carolina College Library in 1840, it was the first freestanding academic library in the U.S. Today it is a premier research archive and special collections repository for the study of South Carolina and the American Southeast.

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