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The University of South Carolina Libraries prioritizes arrangements with publishers and vendors that align with the missions of the University and Libraries. As a public institution, the University of South Carolina acts in the best interests of the states’ citizens and other stakeholders by encouraging “teaching, research, creative activity, and community engagement.” It is the responsibility of the Libraries to ensure that all stakeholders can fully access and participate in the scholarly communication process and that all agreements maximize institutional and public value while minimizing costs.

In the spirit of transparency and to expand the creation and dissemination of knowledge across university, state, national, and global communities, the University of South Carolina Libraries will be guided by the following principles when entering into agreements with publishers and vendors.