Borrowing and Access Privileges

Students

Library Privileges for USC Students

Check Outs

Standard Loan Period for most Books

200

Semester

Overview of Services

Library accounts for current USC students include the following services:

  • Borrowing of up to 200 standard circulating material items at a time
  • Remote access to USC subscriptions of online journals, books and databases
  • In person reference assistance
  • Online Chat and 24/7 Email Reference
  • Inter-institutional borrowing services
  • Access to course reserves
  • Access to library Research Guides
  • Use of library scanners, photocopiers and microform readers
  • Paging materials from Grand Library
  • Recalling materials checked out by other users
  • In-person reference assistance
  • Room reservations for collaborative work rooms, conference rooms, learning rooms, and auditoria
  • Reading room access for rare books and archival materials
  • Admission to library-hosted events and exhibitions
  • Remote document delivery (for distance education students)

Please note the following:

  1. Remote access to USC Libraries' electronic databases, electronic journals, electronic books, and other research websites is for the exclusive use of current USC students, faculty (including part-time), staff, post-docs, and official visiting scholars registered with a home department. Electronic resources are governed by license agreements, and the terms of use are set by the publishers and vendors from which they are subscribed.
  2. Library privileges are not transferable to other individuals, and the library reserves the right to request secondary picture identification before allowing access to facilities or providing services.
  3. Only USC students, faculty, staff, and alumni and sponsored guests may be present in libraries open after 9:00 p.m. or before 7:00 a.m. All patrons will be asked to present their USCard, Alumni Association card, or library-issued USC identification during these times.

Faculty and Professors Emeritus

Library Privileges for USC Faculty and Professors Emeritus

Check Outs

Standard Loan Period for most Books

200

Semester

Overview of Services

Library accounts for current USC faculty and retired faculty who hold the title Professor Emeritus include the following services:

Library accounts for current USC students include the following services

Please note that membership in the Emeriti Center does not include remote electronic access to subscription resources. Such access is available only to those retired faculty with the Professor Emeritus designation. 

Please note the following:

  1. Remote access to USC Libraries' electronic databases, electronic journals, electronic books, and other research websites is for the exclusive use of current USC students, faculty (including part-time), staff, post-docs, and official visiting scholars registered with a home department. Electronic resources are governed by license agreements, and the terms of use are set by the publishers and vendors from which they are subscribed.
  2. Library privileges are not transferable to other individuals, and the library reserves the right to request secondary picture identification before allowing access to facilities or providing services.
  3. Only USC students, faculty, staff, and alumni and sponsored guests may be present in libraries open after 9:00 p.m. or before 7:00 a.m. All patrons will be asked to present their USCard, Alumni Association card, or library-issued USC identification during these times.

Staff and Post-Docs

Library Privileges for USC Staff and Post-Docs

Check Outs

Standard Loan Period for most Books

200

Semester

Overview of Services

Library accounts for current USC staff and post-docs include the following services:

In addition, research staff and post docs may also receive proxy borrowing accounts.

Please note the following:

  1. Remote access to USC Libraries' electronic databases, electronic journals, electronic books, and other research websites is for the exclusive use of current USC students, faculty (including part-time), staff, post-docs, and official visiting scholars registered with a home department. Electronic resources are governed by license agreements, and the terms of use are set by the publishers and vendors from which they are subscribed.
  2. Library privileges are not transferable to other individuals, and the library reserves the right to request secondary picture identification before allowing access to facilities or providing services.
  3. Only USC students, faculty, staff, and alumni and sponsored guests may be present in libraries open after 9:00 p.m. or before 7:00 a.m. All patrons will be asked to present their USCard, Alumni Association card, or library-issued USC identification during these times.

Alumni

Library Privileges for USC Alumni

Check Outs

Standard Loan Period for most Books

20

4 Weeks

Overview of Services

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

  • Borrowing of up to 20 standard circulating items at a time
  • In person reference assistance
  • Online chat and 24/7 email reference assistance
  • Access to our Research Guides
  • Facility access for all USC Libraries locations
  • Use of library information kiosk computers in the Doheny Memorial Library (DML). Access can be requested at the DML Circulation Desk.
  • Use of library scanners, photocopiers and microform readers
  • Paging of materials from Grand Library
  • Recalling materials checked out by other users
  • In-person reference assistance
  • Reading room access for rare books and archival materials

Please note the following:

  1. Remote access to USC Libraries' electronic databases, electronic journals, electronic books, and other research websites is for the exclusive use of current USC students, faculty (including part-time), staff, post-docs, and official visiting scholars registered with a home department. Electronic resources are governed by license agreements, and the terms of use are set by the publishers and vendors from which they are subscribed.
  2. Library privileges are not transferable to other individuals, and the library reserves the right to request secondary picture identification before allowing access to facilities or providing services.
  3. Only USC students, faculty, staff, and alumni and sponsored guests with proper identification may be present in libraries open after  9:00 p.m. or before 7:00 a.m. All patrons will be asked to present their USCard, an Alumni Association card + government issued picture ID, or library-issued USC identification for sponsored guests during these times. For further information about access to campus, please check the University's policy at https://policy.usc.edu/campus-access

Retired Faculty and Staff

Library Privileges for USC Retired Faculty and Staff

Check Outs

Standard Loan Period for most Books

20

4 Weeks

Overview of Services

Retired USC faculty and staff who are Gold Card holders are entitled to the library privileges listed below. Please note that membership in the Emeriti Center does not include remote electronic access to subscription resources. Such access is available only to those retired faculty with the Professor Emeritus designation. Please see the Faculty and Professors Emeritus tab for details.

For more information on the Gold Card, please contact the USC Emeriti Center.

  • Borrowing of up to 20 standard circulating items at a time
  • In person reference assistance
  • Online chat and 24/7 email reference assistance
  • Access to our Research Guides
  • Facility access for all USC Libraries locations
  • Use of library information kiosk computers in the Doheny Memorial Library (DML). Access can be requested at the DML Circulation Desk.
  • Use of library scanners, photocopiers and microform readers
  • Paging of materials from Grand Library
  • Recalling materials checked out by other users
  • In-person reference assistance
  • Reading room access for rare books and archival materials
  • The following resources are available for residents of California: You can apply for a Los Angeles Public Library card and get access to LAPL's e-resources
  • Our library tips page provides information on freely accessible resources with scholarly content.

Please note the following:

  1. Remote access to USC Libraries' electronic databases, electronic journals, electronic books, and other research websites is for the exclusive use of current USC students, faculty (including part-time), staff, post-docs, and official visiting scholars registered with a home department. Electronic resources are governed by license agreements, and the terms of use are set by the publishers and vendors from which they are subscribed.
  2. Library privileges are not transferable to other individuals, and the library reserves the right to request secondary picture identification before allowing access to facilities or providing services.
  3. Only USC students, faculty, staff, and alumni and sponsored guests with proper identification may be present in libraries open after  9:00 p.m. or before 7:00 a.m. All patrons will be asked to present their USCard, an Alumni Association card + government issued picture ID, or library-issued USC identification for sponsored guests during these times. For further information about access to campus, please check the University's policy at https://policy.usc.edu/campus-access

Visiting Scholars and Non-USC Visitors

Library Privileges for Visiting Scholars and Non-USC Visitors

Check Outs

Standard Loan Period for most Books

10 for non-affiliated visitors

4 Weeks

20 for faculty and graduate students from affiliated institutions

4 weeks

Overview of Services

Library accounts for current Friends of the Library, sponsored guests, visiting scholars, summer program participants, individual or corporate fee borrowers, and approved members of affiliated institutions include the following services based on availability:

Borrowing Privileges for Visiting scholars – Scholars must be sponsored by an academic or administrative department to obtain remote access to library databases and library contactless pickup privileges. Upon the recommendation of a sponsoring school’s Dean (or their designate), a visiting scholar’s information is entered into the iVIP system. For the list of the iVIP program administrators for schools and departments, please click here.

  • Borrowing of materials with a USC Libraries card

    • Borrowing Privileges for local institutions – Libraries provide borrowing privileges to faculty, students, and researchers from the following institutions: Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and American Film Institute. We also work with USC’s Neighborhood Academic Initiative to provide borrowing privileges to local high school and college students through selected programs
    • Borrowing Privileges for Individual Fee Borrowers – Individual fee-based privileges are available for Los Angeles-area residents at the rate of $100 for 12 months.  Individuals must apply for borrowing privileges in person at the Doheny Library's main service desk.
  • Remote access to USC subscriptions of online journals, books and databases for visiting scholars registered through an academic unit at USC
  • On-site access to USC subscriptions of online journals, books and databases for visitors who are not registered through an academic unit at USC
  • In-person reference assistance
  • Access to our Research Guides
  • Access to facilities
  • 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
  • Online chat and 24/7 email reference assistance
  • 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.
  • The following resources are available for residents of California: You can apply for a Los Angeles Public Library card and get access to LAPL's e-resources
  • Our library tips page also provides information on freely accessible resources with scholarly content.

Please note the following:

  1. Remote access to USC Libraries' electronic databases, electronic journals, electronic books, and other research websites is for the exclusive use of current USC students, faculty (including part-time), staff, post-docs, and official visiting scholars registered with a home department. Electronic resources are governed by license agreements, and the terms of use are set by the publishers and vendors from which they are subscribed.
  2. Library privileges are not transferable to other individuals, and the library reserves the right to request secondary picture identification before allowing access to facilities or providing services.
  3. Only USC students, faculty, staff, and alumni and sponsored guests may be present in libraries open after 9:00 p.m. or before 7:00 a.m. All patrons will be asked to present their USCard, Alumni Association card, or library-issued USC identification during these times.