New USC library to be named for Hollings

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A new library at the University of South Carolina will soon bear the name of one of the state's political legends.

University President Harris Pastides said Friday a new special collections library will be named for former U.S. Sen. Ernest F. "Fritz" Hollings.

The $18 million addition behind the school's Thomas Cooper Library will house the rare books collection and the South Carolina Political Collections, which document the careers of many of the state's political leaders.

Hollings donated his personal papers to the university in 1989 and says the new building will help ensure the preservation of valuable research materials.

Hollings helped secure a $14 million federal appropriation for the construction, which is to be completed in early 2010. The rest comes from private donations.

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