New USCard Access System for Leavey Library During Overnight Hours

Posted by Hugh McHarg
The USC Libraries, in collaboration with the USC Department of Public Safety (DPS), will soon launch a card-access system for Leavey Library during the overnight hours. Once in place, students and other library users will be required to swipe a current USCard to access the library between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. (Note that summer hours remain in effect, with the library opening at 8 a.m. and closing at 10 p.m. Monday through Friday.) 
The testing period will begin on Thursday, June 25, with full implementation scheduled for Monday, July 20. Throughout the testing period, the libraries will conduct trial runs from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. Staff will be on hand during testing hours to assist library users and evaluate the card-access system’s performance.
What Is Changing
  • After 9 p.m., visitors to Leavey Library will swipe a valid USCard outside in order to open the doors and enter the library.
What Is Not Changing
  • Access guidelines—current guidelines limiting late-night access to Leavey to current students, faculty, staff, and sponsored guests will remain the same. Current guidelines are available here.
  • Security personnel will continue to staff the entryway desk, check USCard IDs, and conduct regular security patrols throughout the library.
  • While using any of the library facilities, all students, faculty, and staff are required to present their USCard ID to any library staff member or DPS officer upon request.
The libraries and DPS thank Undergraduate Student Government for their continuing advocacy in support of secure, comfortable, and productive library spaces. As we begin rolling out this improved system, we welcome feedback from the USC community and invite you to email your comments here.