The South Carolina State Library's mission includes the responsibility, by state law (S.C. Code Ann. §§ 60-2-10 to -30), to act as the official state depository for all print or electronic state publications. These materials include reports, books, pamphlets, maps, newsletters, directories, regulations, and serials. Along with including physical items in our online catalog, SCLENDS, we make electronic materials available in our SC State Documents Depository Digital Collection.
Sending State Publications to the SC State Library
Please provide the State Library with copies of any documents published with the intention of distributing them to the general public, the General Assembly, state agencies, or nonprofit organizations.
Send electronic documents whenever they are posted to your websites. We accept PDF copies of these documents, or a link to the webpage where the document can be found. Contact us if any PDF file you wish to send is too large to send by email. Please email electronic publications to:
Physical publications may be sent to us by mail, dropped off at our front desk, or you may contact us for pick-up. We request fifteen copies, three copies for the State Library collection and twelve more for distribution to other depository libraries and the Library of Congress.
Our mailing address is:
South Carolina State Library
1500 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Questions about state publications may be directed to the Government Documents Librarian, (803) 734-7065.
Number of copies to send to the State Library
|Publication Type||Number of Copies|
|State agency publications published and printed in paper only:||15 print copies|
|State agency publications born digital and printed in paper:||15 print copies and 1 PDF|
|State agency publications born digital, but less than 10 copies printed:||1 print copy (if possible) and 1 PDF|
|State agency publications born digital only:||1 PDF|
|State agency publications older than 5 years:||3 copies if printed and available and/or 1 PDF|
The State Library in no way dictates how an agency decides to collect documents, but here is a suggested workflow which may be helpful.
- Select a designated Publications Officer in your agency or department. This person will be responsible for gathering the physical and electronic publications your agency produces, and making sure the State Library receives them.
- Make a list of the publications your agency produces on a regular basis. The first items on the list may be the Annual Accountability Report and the agency's Annual Report. Then add any newsletters or serials that come out on a regular basis. Other items may be produced only within a specific fiscal year, such as a special public report or study. We collect those, too. We collect anything formally printed (using agency funds) or posted to your website that is intended for public distribution. In essence, we collect the public document history of what your agency does.
- Determine how often your Publications Officer will submit documents. State law requests printed or electronic publications be provided to the State Library within 15 days of production, but we will accept publications at any time. It may be easiest to send publications as soon as they are published and ready for distribution, or posted on the agency website. An agency may prefer to send items on a quarterly basis. There is no one way; whatever works for your agency works for us. Also, for physical and electronic newsletters, please add us to any contact lists.
- Complete the process by sending us your publications. Send electronic publications to our email address, and print or tangible publications to our physical address.
- Create documentation that lists details of your workflow in case of any staff changes.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a state document?
For the purpose of the State Library, documents are defined as publications in print or electronic format issued by the State, agencies or departments, or state-supported colleges which are intended for public use or general distribution. The South Carolina Code of Laws (S.C. Code Ann. §§ 60-2-10) states: "State publication" means any document, compilation, register, book, pamphlet, report, map, leaflet, order, regulation, directory, periodical, magazine, or other similar written material excluding interoffice and intraoffice communications issued in any format by the State, any state agency or department, or any state-supported college or university intended for public distribution, or distribution to the General Assembly, agencies, political subdivisions, or nonprofit organizations and to the general public. State publication includes publications that may or may not be financed by state funds and are released by private bodies, such as research and consultant firms under contract with or supervision of a state agency.
Do you have a list of the documents you collect?
No, there is no standard or comprehensive list because documents are collected based on what an agency publishes; this varies year to year. The most consistent publications are accountability reports, annual reports, and agency serials. To see examples of what is collected for your agency, it’s easiest to go to your agency’s specific digital collections page.
What items do you not collect?
We don't collect interoffice or interagency correspondence or memos. We do not collect emails, press releases, forms, in-house training materials, internal agency records, meeting agendas or minutes, contracts, or event announcements or tickets.
How do I know if you have a specific publication from our agency?
Check for title in SCLENDS and/or the SC State Documents Depository Digital Collection.
What e-formats do you accept?
At this time, we’re primarily adding publications that are in PDF format. We ask that if you have a publication in another format, such as a PowerPoint, you convert it into PDF for emailing. We sign up for agency e-newsletters and we are able to convert email newsletters into PDFs. We are also able to add publications in MP3 audio format, such as PSAs. If you have a document in a format that is not a PDF, please contact us.
What if the file is too large to send by email?
You have several options. First, just send us an email with the title and link to the web page where the new publication can be found. Send this to: email@example.com. You can also send by email in smaller batches of PDFs, or in a ZIP file. We also accept publications by secure cloud-based file sharing products. Our IT department prefers ShareBase. With this product, we send a link and you upload the files to the file sharing site. Some agencies prefer to use their own file sharing service and will upload the files and send us a link. If preferred, you can place a large file or files on a flash drive and drop it off at the library. We’ll securely transfer the files and return your flash drive.
Do you accept past publications, either tangible or electronic?
Yes, both. If the physical publication is older than five years, please provide up to 3 copies, not fifteen. If the older publication is in electronic format only, please send just a PDF or link.
What is the difference between a Records Officer and Publications Officer?
The term “Publications Officer” is an informal term created by us to use for our agency contacts list. "Records Officer" is the formal designation for the person who deals with agency records turned over by series and schedules to the SC Department of Archives and History.