The faculty and collections of Dacus Library are an integral part of the University's instructional program. Specialized instruction in advanced topics is available. The Dacus Online Catalog system provides easy access to the library's resources. The Library's collections have been selected to support the curriculum of the University and are housed in open stacks. Study and lounge seating is interspersed throughout the building. Workstations for access to the library's electronic resources and to the Internet are available. The library also offers through its catalog access to more than 100,000 electronic books and more than 30,000 full-text journals. Special quarters are provided for archives, microfilm, special collections, United States government publications and library instruction. Closed carrels for faculty and graduate student research, as well as facilities for photo duplication and listening, are also available. Dacus circulates 20 laptops, 15 iPads, and Kindle Fires to students for use via the library's building-wide wireless access. The library is open 24 hours a day during regular sessions.
The Library's holdings total over 600,000 volumes. Included in this figure are books and bound periodicals, microfiche, and microfilm. In addition, the Library owns over 175,000 U.S. government publications and thousands of audio-visual materials. Librarians are on duty most hours, or students can text their research questions to a librarian in real time through the library's instant messaging system. Some graduate textbooks may be available in the library, as well.
Dacus Library participates in the national interlibrary loan system, retrieving materials from non-South Carolina libraries by e-mail, fax, and traditional mailings. PASCAL (Partnerships among South Carolina Academic Libraries), a state-supported consortium, provides millions of other resources while delivering access to the state's 12 million books held at other South Carolina academic libraries. Through PASCAL, students may request books from other institutions. PASCAL is funded through the South Carolina state legislature.