Thomas Lee Hall Library has a wide variety of popular fiction/non-fiction books, audio cds and playaways. Library users also have access to thousands of downloadable audiobooks, eBooks and eVideo via AKO. In addition to popular material,
users will also find professional certification preparation material, ASVAB and Peterson's test preparation resources can also be found in AKO. There are 29 computers available for internet access, free Wi-Fi, copy/scanning
services and daily printing.
For 24/7 homework and research assistance, the Library provides a large
selection of searchable electronic databases filled with the most current
encyclopedias, eBooks, newspapers, scholarly journals, magazines and more. You will also find family literacy programs, storytimes, teen and adult book
clubs, crafting, gaming and a summer reading program (with prizes) going on
at the Library.
All members of the Fort Jackson community, with valid military
identification cards, may check out materials. Students attending any of
the schools at Fort Jackson are required to provide a copy of their orders
in addition to their valid military identification. Click here for more information about patron accounts and eligibility requrements.
For more information, come check us out or call 803-751-5589/4816.
Where is the Library?
The Library is located in Bldg 4679 on the corner of Lee Road and Strom Thurmond Blvd. For additional directions or information, you may phone the Library at (803) 751-5589.
What are the Library Hours?
The Library is open 1100-2000 Monday – Thursday and
1100-1700 Friday – Sunday. Closed on federal holidays.
Who may borrow Library Materials?
Full borrowing privileges are available for the following groups and their immediate family members: Active duty military personnel assigned to Fort Jackson, members of the Reserve and National Guard, retired military personnel, and Fort Jackson civilian employees. (A valid military identification card must be presented.) Limited borrowing privileges are available for transient and temporary duty personnel. (A valid military identification card and TDY orders must be presented.)
How long can I check out materials?
Books, audio books, and PlayAways loan for 21 days. DVD's and Best Sellers/new fiction loan for 7 days. All materials, except DVD's, can be granted renewals as long as the item is not on hold for another customer.
Who may use the Library’s computer lab?
In order to use the computer lab visitors must present a current military identification card and sign in at the Library’s Front Desk. There is a 30 minute time limit when others are waiting. (Note: the Computer Lab closes 15 minutes prior to the closing of the library.)
Can I leave my children alone at the library; can I drop them off and pick them up later?
Children without ID must be accompanied by their parent or sponsor
at all times.
Does the Library provide a FAX service to the public?
No, but on post FAX services are available in the customer service area in the main PX.
How can I find a copy of a yearbook from Fort Jackson basic combat training?
How can I locate or find information about another Soldier that attended basic training with me at Fort Jackson?
My grandfather (or other relative) attended basic training at Fort Jackson, how can I find his official photo or any information about his time there?
Unfortunately, Fort Jackson does not have an archive center or keep copies of the basic training yearbooks. The yearbooks and official photos are contracted out to private companies. Government contracts change periodically or the companies go out of business, etc. The only way that a repository could have been started, is if the contractors would have been required to issue a copy to an archive of some kind. This has not been done and you can just imagine how large a facility would have to be in order to house all the yearbooks, starting in circa 1950’s, when they first began selling them. Just imagine over 50% of all soldiers attend basic combat training at Fort Jackson each year (approximately 40,000 per year).
The staff at Fort Jackson Post Library has collaborated with the Curator of the Fort Jackson Basic Combat Training Museum, and the local history Librarians at Richland County Public Library, to coordinate some potential paths that you might explore to find this information (or any other military related research).
1. Fort Jackson Basic Training Museum has a few older yearbooks. You are welcome to call Henry Howe at (803) 751-4435, and tell him which one you are looking for to see if he has it.
2. Consider contacting the VA to see if they are willing to release any records or documents that might contain a photograph or other information that could lead to another path of research.
3. Go to US Army Center for Military History (http://www.history.army.mil/faq/faq.htm) or the National Archives (http://www.archives.gov/research/military/veterans/) to learn what they have available and how to access it.
4. Search the Richland County Public Library's state newspaper database for any articles that might have been published about the soldier you are researching. They also have a digital photo archive where you might find some images. This could also be a good option if you know what other locations he/she served after basic training - you can search newspapers in those states and cities.
5. Contact the South Caroliniana Library to inquire about their local archives and resources (803-777-3132).
6. Search eBay to see if anyone is selling old copies of the yearbook you are trying to track down. There may also be some group sites on Facebook, Flickr, or Instagram where folks are trying to reconnect with those they served with. They may have stories or photos to share.