Fall 2021 at the USC Libraries

Welcome Back to Your Trojan Libraries

We’re excited to see you. The libraries are open for in-person study, expert research help, checking out materials, and the many other ways we support your academic and creative work.

To make your return as safe as possible, masks are required in library spaces regardless of vaccination status, in line with university requirements. Faculty, staff, students, and visitors also must complete wellness assessments through Trojan Check.

Food and drink are currently not permitted in library locations.

Please review the full university guidelines for the current phase of returning to campus here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Health and Safety at the Libraries

Q: Do I need to wear a mask?

A: Yes. Following County of L.A. and university guidelines, masks are required at all times in library buildings regardless of your vaccination status.

 

Q: Is Trojan Check required?

A: Yes. Faculty, staff, students, and visitors are required to complete wellness assessments through Trojan Check each day you're on campus.

Please do not come to campus if you're feeling ill.

 

Q: Where can I find current USC information on COVID-19?

A: Up-to-date information is available at the USC COVID-19 Resource Center. Refer to that page for official information relevant to the USC community.

Visiting the Libraries

Q: Are USC Libraries buildings open?

A: Yes. With a few exceptions for ongoing space improvements, the libraries are open for study, research, research assistance, and checking out materials.

 

Q: Which libraries are closed for construction?

A: The Architecture and Fine Arts Library (AFA) remains closed to general access. For access to circulating materials from AFA current USC faculty, students, and staff can request paging (delivery) to Leavey Library for pick-up.

 

Q: What are the hours of opening?

A: Current hours are available here.

 

Q: Can I bring food or drinks into the libraries?

A: No. For the time being, food and drink are not permitted in library locations.

 

Q: Do I need a reservation?

A: Only for reservable study rooms and research with archives and other specialized materials.

 

Q: I'm not affiliated with USC. Can I visit the libraries or schedule research with special collections?

A: Yes. All guests must complete Trojan Check and follow campus health guidelines, including wearing masks regardless of vaccination status.

 

Q: Do I need an ID to enter libraries?

A: Yes, at four locations. USC students, faculty, and staff are required to present a valid, physical USC Card to enter Doheny, Leavey, and Norris Medical Libraries. Visitors not affiliated with USC must present a valid, government-issued photo ID.

Using Library Collections and Spaces

Q: Can I check out books and other items in person?

A: Yes. Borrowing has resumed at open library locations.

 

Q: How do I check out materials in libraries that are closed for renovation?

A: For items held in the Architecture and Fine Arts Library and the Library for International and Public Affairs, current USC faculty, students, and staff should submit a request for home delivery and/or scanning via Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery

 

Q: Do I need a reservation to study or check out materials?

A: No. Open library locations are available for study, circulation services, and research help.

 

Q: Do I need a reservation to conduct research with special collections?

A: Yes. Reservations continue to be required for research with archives and other specialized materials.

 

Q: Are group study rooms available?

A: Yes. Make your reservations here. Masks are required in reservable study rooms regardless of vaccination status.

 

Q: Can I still receive home delivery of library materials?

A: Only if you are a student enrolled in an online degree program or a faculty member teaching in an online program.

 

Q: Can I use inter-library loan services?

A: Yes. Please note that our ability to fulfill specific inter-library loan requests depends on the lending institution and accessibility of its collections.