Summer Construction Bringing Improvements to Leavey, Science & Engineering Libraries

Posted by Nathan Masters

As part of the USC Libraries' continuing efforts to better serve the needs of students through upgraded library spaces, summer work is now underway in USC's Leavey and Science & Engineering libraries.

Students returning to Leavey Library for the fall semester will find renovations on the third floor and lower level, including new study space furniture, technology for group study rooms, compact shelving, and a new headquarters for the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study Innovation Lab. In addition, new laptop computers equipped with DVD/Blu-ray drives will be available for checkout. Renovations are also coming to the Science & Engineering Library's third floor.

These are the latest in a series of improvements to both libraries, among the most heavily trafficked on campus. In surveys, students consistently identify library study spaces as a priority and in 2014, USC's Undergraduate Student Government successfully campaigned for upgrades to Leavey Library – improvements that continue to this day.

Several library spaces will be closed temporarily as construction proceeds. The Science and Engineering Library will be closed weekends throughout the summer. In Leavey Library, the lower level's west wing will be closed through July 15, and the third floor's west wing will be closed from a date to be determined in June through August 18. In addition, Leavey Library's fourth floor will be closed throughout the summer and will reopen in 2018 as offices for the USC Shoah Foundation. Please read this service alert for the latest closure information.