Welcome to the John I. Smith Charities Library

The John I. Smith Charities Library is the central hub of campus. The Library provides resources to support the arts and academic curricula of the school as well as leisure reading, listening and viewing to enrich residential life for artistically gifted high school students and the school's overall community.

Library Hours

Residential Program
Mon-Thur 8am - 10pm
Fri 8am - 5pm
Sat closed
Sun 4pm - 10pm
Odyssey/Academy/Summer Dance 
Mon-Fri 8am - 6pm 
Saturday varies with events
Sunday 1pm - 5pm (Academy)

Library Resources 

Online Catalog

Search the Library's online catalog

Discovery Service

EBSCO Discovery Service provides users with an easy, yet powerful means of accessing all of an institution's information resources through a single search. This is achieved by harvesting metadata from both internal (library) and external (database vendors) sources, and creating a pre-indexed service of unprecedented size and speed. 

Search Discovery Service

Research Databases

Browse a list of research databases

Databases by Subject

Browse a list of databases organized by subject

Request an Item

Request that the library purchase an item with this quick online form.

Request a Purchase

Library Services

John I. Smith Charities Library

Named for a charitable trust noted for giving to education, the arts and libraries, as well as human services agencies through many years, the Library boasts a collection of over 30,000 items including books, compact discs, DVDs, musical scores and an ever-growing core collection of curriculum-based electronic services.

Electronic materials are available throughout the campus 24/7. The Library, in partnership with the entire school, makes available wireless access in the Library and in other hot spots on campus. The Library provides an open atmosphere for exchange of ideas and the development of individual responsibility.

Electronic services include those provided by the state to all schools, plus additional history archives, art collections of private, museum, and university holdings from around the world, audio-streaming of classical and jazz recordings, sheet music and musical score downloads, and other listening collections (such as folk music, ethnic music, and modern derivations from the popular and classical canon). The music collections are part of major repositories such as the Smithsonian Institution and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. In addition, the library has a 19-station computer lab, photocopy and printing services, a production center for student projects, and staff of outstanding librarians.

The John I. Smith Charities Library encourages use of all Library services in South Carolina. Annually, staff members at our Library provide assistance to students getting library cards at the Greenville County Library System, a major resource with a knowledgeable and helpful staff. Our librarians also teach students how to explore and examine the holdings and cooperative services of the university and college libraries in our state and nation.

Instructional Services

When the library is open...
Governor’s School librarians provide both individual and classroom services to students. When students need books, librarians eagerly teach catalog searching. When students need journal articles from reliable sources, Librarians demonstrate the ease with which such information can be found.

Librarians advise students on new and old books to read, for leisure and for learning. They recommend music and videos from the vast collection of CDs and DVDs, as well as through the streaming services to which the library subscribes.

Librarians encourage the entire community to make suggestions for resources, programs and services. Teachers request time in the meeting room or the library computer lab for individual or small class instruction. Librarians also offer special classes for students embarking on major research and documentation projects.

The library sponsors unique programming, such as the collaborative celebration of Banned Books Week, book discussions and classroom instruction regarding first amendment and copyright issues.

When the Library is closed…
Database, digital archives, streaming audio and video, and catalog services are available on any campus computer 24/7. Most electronic services are easily navigated, but students can send questions to library staff via e-mail. Answers follow as soon as possible.  

Goals in Library Instruction

The library’s goals are to help students and other users increase their information literacy skills in accessing, processing, using and evaluating information. We expand that goal by developing these competencies so that users can become confident, independent learners who are prepared for life beyond campus.

Instruction can be designed to meet the specific needs of the teacher or subject studied. Instruction includes teaching the use of the library’s catalog, specialized online databases, citing sources and creating bibliographies, or using the library’s production center for projects.

Reserve Materials

Teachers decide how long items are placed on reserve in the library and how long students may use these materials. Books, DVDs, music CDs, scores and photocopied materials may be set aside for student use in the library at the request of a teacher. Reserve materials are shelved separately from the general collection and are arranged by the teacher’s last name. Reserve materials are only to be used in the library and may not be checked-out or removed by students.

Inter-Library Loan (ILL)

The John I. Smith Charities Library now makes available an Inter-Library Loan Service for students, faculty and staff. The University of South Carolina Libraries generously provided this service for our school in 2008. Other libraries are also useful in this process. Regularly, we consult with the Library of Congress on how best to obtain information for users.

With a Greenville County Library card, one can place Inter-Library Loans from libraries around the nation. Contact Norman Belk at 864.282.3694 or Michael Giller at 864.282.3692 to assist you with your Inter-Library Loan requests.