USC Libraries Student Filming Guidelines

The USC Libraries, in collaboration with the School of Cinematic Arts, supports the educational process for developing film makers. As such, we have established the following guidelines which MUST be observed during student film shoots:

  1. All student film shoots MUST be course related.
  2. Requests to film in Doheny Memorial Library (DML) MUST be made at least 7-business days prior to the film shoot date.
  3. All fully executed documents MUST be scanned and emailed to your original request and payment submitted by the Wednesday prior to the requested film shoot date.
  4. USC Libraries charges $20 per hour for administrative support. Please make check or money order payable to: USC Libraries, 3550 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089. Cash or Credit Card are NOT accepted.
  5. A designated location manager MUST be on-site at all times while the production crew is working within the library.
  6. If the cast and crew number 10 or more, a Department of Public Safety (DPS) officer MUST be on-site during the film shoot and it is the productions team's responsibility to secure an officer. Filming will NOT be permitted without a DPS officer. The phone number for DPS is (213) 740-6000.
  7. All production equipment, crew, and cast MUST be out of the library by the time indicated on the Location Release Form.

Locations and Times

Film shoots MUST be scheduled during library operating hours and all production equipment, crew, and cast MUST be out of the library at the scheduled time, no later than 30 minutes before closing.

The following locations are available at Doheny Memorial Library (DML):

  1. Library Stacks (Levels 1, 2, 4, 9)
  2. Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall (DML 240)
  3. Rotunda (Ground Floor Monday-Thursday after 5 p.m.)
  4. L.A. Times Reference Room (DML 119)
  5. Top Drawer Society Room (DML 108A)

Additional Notes

  1. A Student Production Office Location Permit MUST be signed by a USC Libraries Facilities representative. Use of a location inside DML will NOT be approved until this form is signed by authorized facilities personnel.
  2. Students may ONLY use hand held cameras when filming and the use of supplemental lighting, dialog, and sound are strictly prohibited.
  3. If electricity is needed, it must be pre-approved, MUST adhere to a maximum 1K per circuit, and all electrical cords crossing walkways MUST be taped down.
  4. Camera dollies and smoke effects are prohibited.
  5. Set dressing MUST be kept to a minimum and is subject to approval by authorized facilities personnel. Any library furniture approved for use in a production MUST be returned to its original location.
  6. Library books may NOT be removed from shelves for use in a production.
  7. The production will be charged for the repair of any damage incurred.
  8. Safety First! Productions deemed as unsafe will NOT be permitted.
  9. Students are asked to be mindful of library patrons who are studying at ALL times.


If your production can film within these guidelines, please complete our online form and submit to initiate the approval process.

Commercial Filming requests can be made by contacting the USC Campus Filming Office.

USC Libraries Student Filming Guidelines Acknowledgement Form

Print and complete after your shoot is approved by Library Facilities.

Production Title: _____________________

Course Number: _____________________

Course Name: ______________________

Date of Shoot: _____________________

Time of Shoot: ________ to ________

Library location(s): _____________________

I acknowledge that I have read and understand these guidelines.

Name: _____________________

Title: _____________________

Contact Phone: _____________________

Signature: _____________________

Date: _____________________ _