Library Policies

This information explains the privileges and responsibilities of all who borrow and access materials from the USC Libraries. One of the USC Libraries’ highest priorities is to support the University's teaching, learning, and research needs. Information applicable to specific categories of users and their library access privileges may be located on our borrowing and access page.

Please note that until further notice, our physical spaces and physical collections remain unavailable for in-person access. 


Borrowing library materials:

Current USC students, faculty, faculty emeriti, staff, post-docs, and clinical residents may request scanning or mailing of items to US address through our interlibrary loan/document delivery service. Information on specific borrowing privileges may be located on our borrowing and access page.


Renewing borrowed items:

  • Sign into your library account by going to and selecting the "Renew books" link under the "Services" drop down menu 


  • Email (for University Park Campus) or (for the Health Sciences Campus)

Please have your USC ID ready


Returning borrowed items:

Until further notice, physical access to the university will be extremely limited. If for some reason you must return your books during this period, we suggest mailing them to:

  • USC Libraries
  • ATTN: Document Delivery
  • Leavey Library Rm 110A
  • 650 W 35th Street
  • Los Angeles, CA  90089-2571

Please note that we cannot reimburse postage costs. Returned materials will be quarantined for 72 hours.                                                        

Additionally, the following are locations for book drops:

  • Doheny Library Book Return Bin: DML & McCarthy Quad
  • Leavey Library Book Return Bin: LVL & West 34th Street
  • Norris Medical Library Book Slot: NML building

For information about getting to the USC campus, please check the university's Fall 2020 Information site, for access policies and health checks before you make plans to come to campus.


Damaged and lost materials and fees:

Borrowers are responsible for materials damaged or lost while on loan. All cases of loss or damage should be reported immediately to the USC Libraries by emailing to 

The minimum replacement fee for each lost or damaged item is $150.00 per item and for short term materials (DVDs and others) is $50. The USC Libraries reserve the right to increase the replacement fee upward to cover the market replacement cost of the item.

A borrower may replace a lost or damaged item with a copy acceptable to its holding library. In many cases this option will be less expensive than paying the minimum replacement fee. If the copy is replaced, no other fees will be assessed.


Academic restrictions:

Outstanding bills for overdue library or Interlibrary loan materials may result in the revocation of library privileges until the issue is resolved. Furthermore, failure to settle unpaid fines within 45 days from the date issued will result in academic restrictions. Academic restrictions affect the borrower‘s ability to register and to obtain transcripts, reports, or diplomas.


Course Reserves:




Accessibility and Disability Services:



The USC Libraries will not release personal information about any borrower to any other individual or organization unless required to do so by law or University policy.

The Patriot Act, promulgated on October 26, 2001 in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, requires that the University offer federal agents, if requested and pursuant to a valid order, access to library patron account information. Additionally, the Patriot Act may also prohibit the University from disclosing to borrowers that they are currently the subject of an investigation by federal agents.


[updated 2020/08/12]