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United States Army
Thomas Lee Hall Library7
4679 Lee Road
Fort Jackson, SC 29207
Library programs differ by branch of service. You may have access to things like tutoring, educational courses, online programs and a variety of print and electronic materials. Hours, contact information and closings can be found here or by calling your installation’s library.
The Army General Library Program supports the quality of life and well-being of soldiers and their families by providing resources and programs to meet diverse needs. The Headquarters Library Program extends services to soldiers in remote areas through the distribution of paperback books and audiobooks. Fifty-eight main libraries and 15 branch libraries provide physical collections in all formats, which support professional reading, educational and recreational pursuits. An enterprise library system and online resources provide remote access to additional information regardless of where soldiers and family members are.
The Army's general libraries are key to the professional lives of soldiers. Collections in support of professional reading, pursuit of a college education, and preparation for retirement or transitioning from the military are provided at the Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation Library. Practice College Level Examination Preparation, or CLEP, and Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support, or DANTES, tests are available and in demand. Computers are also available for soldiers to use to complete required training or for personal educational pursuits.
The Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation Library is the "community couch" with programming, quiet study spaces, meeting spaces and collaborative spaces. There is something for everyone. The staff at installation libraries offer programs such as book clubs, story times, game nights, movie nights, book displays, story walks, author readings and more. A themed summer reading program for children provides fun and activities for the entire family. Evening and weekends hours are available to accommodate busy schedules.
The Headquarters Library Program licenses online resources providing academic research, professional reading material, magazines, newspapers, eBooks, audiobooks and children's books that are available anywhere, anytime after registering at your local library. Online homework tutoring is provided 24/7 through Tutor.com for students K-12 on subjects such as writing, mathematics through calculus, science and history. Your Army Virtual Library also supports cultural awareness and overseas families with Mango Languages, an online foreign language program, and CultureGrams, a resource introducing soldiers and family members to new cultures. Visit your Army Virtual Library, log in at My Account and go to the eResources/Research tab for 24/7 access.
Your Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation Library has books, DVDs, and magazines for checkout; a book-swap shelf; and an online library allowing registered users to download books, DVDs and magazines for tablets or smartphones. Users are encouraged to suggest specific titles if they are not available either on the shelf or in the online library. Special programs such as story time for young children and book clubs for school-age children, teens and adults are also ongoing.
Makerspaces are now available in many of the Army MWR libraries. These spaces offer children, young adults and adults the opportunity to explore, create, invent, collaborate with robots, sew, paint and enjoy other Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics, or STEAM, inspired resources and programs.
The Thomas Lee Hall Library is located at 4679 Lee Road, corner of Strom Thurmond Blvd and Lee Road. Hours of operations are Monday – Thursday, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Friday – Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. To contact the Library, call 803-751-5589 or https://jackson.armymwr.com/programs/thomas-lee-hall-library.
Our library collection holds approximately 50,000 volumes which include popular fiction, non-fiction, e-books and eAudiobooks, young Adult and juvenile DVD/Blu-ray, and video gaming collections.
Waiting lists are available for all items in our collection. Patrons will be added to the waiting list in the order in which the request is received. Inter Library Loan (ILL) services are also available for limited material types. Complete a Purchase Suggestion Form for title recommendations.
Online homework help tools for K-12 students and research tools for higher education students are available 24/7. Additional online resources include language learning programs such as Mango Languages, Ancestry.com, digital newspapers, and digital magazines, etc.
REGULAR LIBRARY ACCOUNTS:
All persons with a valid Military ID and permanent residency in Columbia or on Fort Jackson, including: Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, retired, civilians, and contractors.
What You Will Need:
Unless an account has already been established for the sponsor, applications for family members under the age of 18 must be completed in the library with both child and parent/legal guardian present. All family members will be linked to the sponsor's account.
Parents are encouraged to inform the library of any restrictions they desire for their children's' accounts (i.e. no computer use, no DVDs, no "M" rated games, etc).
Sponsors are ultimately responsible for all family members and their use of library resources.
SHORT TERM LIBRARY ACCOUNTS:
Contractors working at Fort Jackson but reside somewhere else when contract is complete.
**Due to clearance procedures, temporary library accounts will expire five days prior to the departure date stated on his/her orders.
**Patrons must have at least three weeks remaining at Fort Jackson in order to establish a borrowing account.
**Transient individuals without orders, those who are departing the installation within 21 days, or have already cleared with Fort Jackson, will be able to borrow non-accountable paperbacks from the free trade racks.
COMPUTER USE ONLY ACCOUNTS:
This account is for the patron who will be using computers but not eligible for or not interested in borrowing materials.
**Account holder must be present (i.e., parents may not check out 10 DVDs and then ask to check out the next 10 on their child's card).
**Youth accounts may not check out DVDs with an "R" rating unless they are 17 years of age.
**Temp/Youth patrons equals 5 DVDs per account/20 total items.
LIBRARY COMPUTER USE:
CAC CARD USE:
INTERNET AND WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS:
CHILDREN AT THE LIBRARY:
Sponsors, legal guardians, and/or parents are solely responsible for supervising their children in accordance with Fort Jackson Garrison Child Safety Policy, and ensuring they also adhere to the library policies.