University of Southern California

SCampus Student Guidebook

Information Resources


Doheny Memorial Library
(213) 740-2924
3550 Trousdale Parkway

The USC Libraries develop collections and services that support and encourage the academic endeavors of faculty, students and staff; build a community of critical consumers of information; and help develop engaged world citizens. With more than four million books and thousands of electronic journals and databases, the USC Libraries actively support the discovery, creation and preservation of knowledge.

The USC Libraries provide significant collections in the areas of American literature, architecture, cinematic arts, East Asian studies, international and public affairs, philosophy, Latin American studies, Southern California regional history and many other disciplines.

For information on all USC libraries and collections, visit Current library hours and locations are available at

Edward L. Doheny, Jr. Memorial Library

The largest of USC’s libraries is Doheny Memorial Library, which contains most of the research collections for the humanities and social sciences. Doheny Library also houses Special Collections, the Cinematic Arts Library, Music Library and East Asian Library. Librarians are available to answer your research questions in the Los Angeles Times Reference Room.

Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Library

Leavey Library provides an environment for intellectual inquiry and discovery geared toward undergraduate learning needs. Leavey Library features a core collection of books and journals, two electronic information commons with nearly 200 computer workstations, more than 50 collaborative workspaces, two hands-on learning classrooms, a multimedia auditorium and more than 1,400 reader seats in a variety of formal and informal arrangements. Leavey provides faculty and students with tools to accomplish research using both traditional and electronic resources. Within Leavey, librarians and staff provide assistance for faculty using technology and information resources to develop materials for instruction and research. Librarians and student navigation assistants are available to assist students with print and electronic resources.

The library is open 24 hours a day, except from midnight Saturday to 9 a.m. on Sunday, during most of the academic year.

Specialized Subject Libraries

USC has many libraries that feature specialized collections and archives, including the Cinematic Arts Library, East Asian Library, Gerontology Library, Helen Topping Architecture and Fine Arts Library, Hoose Library of Philosophy, Music Library, Roy P. Crocker Business Library, Science and Engineering Library, Von KleinSmid Center Library for International and Public Affairs, and others.

Library Card

Your USCard also serves as your library card. Simply present your USCard at any campus library circulation desk to activate full library privileges. Your library card will remain valid and will be renewed automatically as long as you are an enrolled student.

Getting Help

USC provides expert reference assistance to students at all campus libraries. Research help is available in person during regularly scheduled hours at the reference desk located in the Los Angeles Times Reference Room in Doheny Memorial Library and at many branch libraries. The Ask-a-Librarian electronic reference service ( allows students to receive answers via phone, email or online chat. During the academic year, library and computing assistance is available in the Leavey Library Lower Commons.

Online Catalogue and Electronic Resources

Find books, articles and other materials using the online library catalogs, accessible through the USC Libraries homepage at Choose Quick Search for a broad search of articles, books, and other print and electronic resources. Chose HOMER to search books, periodicals and other materials held by the USC Libraries.

USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study

Located in its own quarters on the second floor of Doheny Memorial Library, the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study offers a series of conversational encounters intended to encourage polymathic inquiry. Conversations and other forms of presentation will include faculty, junior faculty, postdoctoral students, graduate students and undergraduates. These discussions are anchored in and structured by the four quadrants of polymathic practice: critical and integrative thinking, study of the great polymaths, the tapestry of knowledge, and communication. Find a full program of events at

Events and Exhibitions

The USC Libraries produce original programming that encourages the USC community to engage with the libraries’ diverse collections. Public programming takes the form of lectures, conferences, performances and exhibitions, and highlights the libraries’ role in inspiring creative and scholarly work. A list of upcoming events is available at

Other Services

Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery

Access the USC Libraries’ interlibrary loan service through the ILLiad online system. Students may borrow scholarly materials not available at USC by placing an interlibrary loan request. Online request forms are available at

Reserve Materials

The USC Libraries maintain electronic and hard copy reserve systems. Leavey Library hosts most paper reserve materials for many general education classes. Items currently on hard copy reserve are listed in HOMER, USC’s online catalogue, via the Reserve Desk feature. Hard copy reserve materials may be checked out from a library for a limited time (usually for two hours or one day). Electronic reserve materials are available through the ARES System at

2 comments on “Libraries”

  1. Latesha Hardister Says:

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