Welcome back to the library blog. It has been a while since the blog has been updated, but we hope to bring you up-to-date news, not only from the library, but all departments at USC Union.

Sharon Rupp,

Library Manager


EBL is your  Library’s collection of over 450,000 eBooks from premier international academic publishers.  The eBbooks are available in 30 languages, including English, German, French, Spanish, and Dutch. They can be accessed from the A to Z database list on the Library’s webpage.  All of these eBooks may be downloaded to your Nook, Kindle or other compatible APP for a period of 14 days.  Come to the Library to pick up a brochure to give you the details.


University Technology Services is pleased to announce that Office 365 is now available to all students free of charge. You will now be able to work in the latest version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and much more. You can install your Office 365 on up to five compatible PCs and Macs, plus five tablets (including iPad). All work can be saved online in OneDrive so it can be accessed no matter which device is being used. You can use this Office 365 subscription for as long as you are a student at the University of South Carolina.

To get your Office 365 follow these simple steps:

  1. Visit Office.com/GetOffice365
  2. Click through to download & sign in with your credentials
  3. On the download site, select your language and click install You will use your USC email account to sign in. If you need assistance, contact the Service Desk at servicedesk@sc.edu or (803) 777-1800.

Art & Soul


Come to the Main Street building of USC Union for “Art & Soul”, sponsored by the Union County Health Care Foundation on Saturday, August 23rd, 7:00pm-10:00pm.

Admission is $15.00.  Proceeds will go toward efforts to build a helipad at Wallace Thomson Hospital for medical transport helicopters for use.  The pad is projected cost $20,000.

On the first floor, Amanda Gregory will offer 50 minute dance lessons for $5.00 per person.  Each lesson begins on the hour.  Call Catherine Childers at 301-2466 for reservations.  Deejay Michael J. Phillips will play music between lessons.

Three bands will perform 45 minute sets on the top floor, including Gospel Grass, Dick and Catherine Schlingmann (jazz) and Missing Monday, a rock band that includes serveral doctors who practice in Union.

The middle floor will host Ashley Tolleson of “Paint It Up – Painting Classes That Come to You”.  For an additional  $20.00, Ms. Tolleson will provide a painting lesson.  Call Catherine Childers for reservations.

Artist Ronald L. Williams will paint a picture which will be donated to the Health Care Foundation to be sold.

Beki Buchanan Reynolds will be the spotlight artist and her work will be displayed on the second floor.

Everyone who attends may pick up a brush and leave their mark on a large canvas.

For more information or to purchase a ticket, call Catherine Childers at 301-2466.  Tickets are also available at Midway BBQ, Paradise Home Center and WBCU.

Corporate sponsors are Lockhart Power Compan, Arthur State Bank, and American HomePatient.  The Union County Health Care Foundation is a proud partner with American HomePatient.

Many thanks to the Union County News for the above information.

Summer Storm Safety

Driving: Flood Facts

How many times during a heavy rain have you been tempted to drive through a “puddle”?  Here are some frightening points that may make you re-consider before trying it again.

  • Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.
  • A foot of water will float many vehicles.
  • Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles (SUV’s) and pick-ups.
  • Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road. The depth of water is not always obvious. The road bed may be washed out under the water, and you could be stranded or trapped.
  • Do not drive around a barricade. Barricades are there for your protection. Turn around and go the other way.
  • Do not try to take short cuts. They may be blocked. Stick to designated evacuation routes.
  • Be especially cautious driving at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.

More information can be found at:

Earth Gauge: Severe Weather Preparedness   

Link: www.earthgauge.net/prep