Alumni & Friends

Among the oldest libraries in California, USC’s Libraries are also among the most innovative in the nation, recognized pioneers in building digital collections and resources in online education.

USC’s Libraries remain one of the most heavily used resources on campus and converge with almost every aspect of campus life. Students, Alumni and friends utilize the library system to access library expertise, materials, and equipment and also to collaborate and exchange ideas with fellow students and professors.

USC Libraries are crucial to the success of USC’s teaching, research, service and community outreach priorities.

Overview of Services

Library accounts for alumni include the following services based on availability:

  • Facility access for all USC Libraries locations
  • Borrowing of standard circulating material for 4 weeks, up to 20 items at a time
  • Use of library information kiosk computers in the Doheny Memorial Library (DML). Access can be requested at the DML Circulation Desk.
  • Use of library microform readers, scanners, and photocopiers
  • Paging of materials from Grand Library
  • Recalling materials checked out by other users
  • In-person reference assistance
  • Reading room access for rare books and archivalmaterials
  • Computer Workstations are available at Doheny Memorial Library; please go to the circulation desk for the username and password.

  • Copy & Print services are available at all libraries. Print cards may be purchased at Leavey, Doheny, or the Science & Engineering Library.

For more information, see Borrowing Privileges

Accessing Resources

  • Special Collections – The USC Libraries' Special Collections is a non-circulating research library open to the general public. Please consult these guidelines for first-time visitors.
  • Research Guides – These are created by librarians and point to subscription-based and freely accessible resources on particular subjects and disciplines.
  • DOAJ The Directory of Open Access Journals includes freely available peer-reviewed journals on all subjects.
  • DOAB: Directory of Open Access Books provides open access to over 854 Academic peer-reviewed books from 25 publishers.
  • SSRN The Social Science Research Network has material from across a broad range of the social sciences and includes conference papers, journal articles, book chapters, and more
  • Open access to nearly 800,000 e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics, and related fields.
  • PLoS – highly regarded journals in the area of science, particularly biological sciences.
  • PubMedCentral Full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM). NIH grant recipients are required to deposit their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts in the PubMedCentral archive upon acceptance for publication, with this content to be made publicly accessible within 12 months of publication.
  • Sage Open – Communication, Education, Psychology, and other social science journal articles published with Sage Open.
  • USC Digital Library includes photographs, images, and other digitized collections. Includes over 56,000 USC published theses and dissertations.
  • Digital Public Library of America - Digital collections, books, photographs, and other formats searchable in one place.
  • The Los Angeles Public Library offers borrowing privileges to residents of California, and this includes access to electronic resources .

Other Services