Architecture & Fine Arts Library

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Library Hours

  • Architecture & Fine Arts Library
  • Thu Dec 01
    9am to 10pm
  • Fri Dec 02
    9am to 5pm
  • Sat Dec 03
    Closed
  • Sun Dec 04
    noon to 6pm
  • Mon Dec 05
    9am to 10pm
  • Tue Dec 06
    9am to 10pm
  • Wed Dec 07
    9am to 10pm
  • Thu Dec 08
    9am to 10pm
  • Fri Dec 09
    9am to 5pm
  • Sat Dec 10
    Closed
  • Sun Dec 11
    noon to 6pm
  • Mon Dec 12
    9am to 10pm
  • Tue Dec 13
    9am to 10pm
  • Wed Dec 14
    9am to 5pm
  • Thu Dec 15
    9am to 5pm
  • Fri Dec 16
    9am to 5pm
  • Sat Dec 17
    Closed
  • Sun Dec 18
    Closed
  • Mon Dec 19
    Closed
  • Tue Dec 20
    Closed
  • Wed Dec 21
    Closed
  • Thu Dec 22
    Closed
  • Fri Dec 23
    Closed
  • Sat Dec 24
    Closed
  • Sun Dec 25
    Closed
  • Mon Dec 26
    Closed
  • Tue Dec 27
    Closed
  • Wed Dec 28
    Closed
  • Thu Dec 29
    Closed
  • Fri Dec 30
    Closed
  • Sat Dec 31
    Closed
  • Sun Jan 01
    Closed
  • Mon Jan 02
    Closed
  • Tue Jan 03
    noon to 4pm
  • Wed Jan 04
    noon to 4pm
  • Thu Jan 05
    noon to 4pm
  • Fri Jan 06
    noon to 4pm
  • Sat Jan 07
    Closed
  • Sun Jan 08
    Closed
  • Mon Jan 09
    9am to 10pm
  • Tue Jan 10
    9am to 10pm
  • Wed Jan 11
    9am to 10pm
  • Thu Jan 12
    9am to 10pm
  • Fri Jan 13
    9am to 5pm
  • Sat Jan 14
    Closed
  • Sun Jan 15
    Closed
  • Mon Jan 16
    Closed
  • Tue Jan 17
    9am to 10pm
  • Wed Jan 18
    9am to 10pm
  • Thu Jan 19
    9am to 10pm
  • Fri Jan 20
    9am to 5pm
  • Sat Jan 21
    Closed
  • Sun Jan 22
    noon to 6pm
  • Mon Jan 23
    9am to 10pm
  • Tue Jan 24
    9am to 10pm
  • Wed Jan 25
    9am to 10pm
  • Thu Jan 26
    9am to 10pm
  • Fri Jan 27
    9am to 5pm
  • Sat Jan 28
    Closed
  • Sun Jan 29
    noon to 6pm
  • Mon Jan 30
    9am to 10pm
  • Tue Jan 31
    9am to 10pm
  • Wed Feb 01
    9am to 10pm
  • Thu Feb 02
    9am to 10pm
  • Fri Feb 03
    9am to 5pm
  • Sat Feb 04
    Closed
  • Sun Feb 05
    noon to 6pm
  • Mon Feb 06
    9am to 10pm
  • Tue Feb 07
    9am to 10pm
  • Wed Feb 08
    9am to 10pm
  • Thu Feb 09
    9am to 10pm

Location
Watt Hall
850 Bloom Walk, B-4
University Park Campus
Los Angeles CA 90089-0294

Head of the Library: Shannon Robinson

Library Supervisor: Antonio Gonzalez

Campus map code: WAH

  • AFA Circulation Desk Phone: (213) 740-1956
  • General Library Email: afa@usc.edu
  • Research help in architecture, art history, & fine arts: Shannon Robinson
    • Primarily for use by USC students, faculty, and staff.
    • Non-USC researchers are welcome to use the AFA library; please email us your research question prior to your arrival: afa@usc.edu

About this library

The Architecture & Fine Arts (AFA) Library is located on the ground floor (basement) of Watt Hall (WAH). Watt Hall's entry doors face the courtyard. Go in and take any stairwell or elevator down to reach the ground floor.

AFA Library hours are listed on the USC Libraries hours site. Holiday hours vary. Special Collections/Cage/Rare materials are accessible Mondays-Fridays 9am-5pm. 

Please note that during the academic year the building is open Monday-Friday, 7am-7pm. At all other hours the building is accessible through USC card swipe only.

All library services stop 15 minutes before closing, and all patrons are asked to leave before closing time.

Information for researchers not affiliated with USC

The AFA Library is a resource funded primarily for use by USC students, faculty, and staff. Non-USC researchers are welcome to use the AFA library during designated hours. Non-USC users must adhere to the following:

  • The library is open to non-USC users during the academic year Mondays-Fridays, 9am-7pm, and in the summers during posted hours;
  • There is no access to computers or flatbed scanners in the AFA library for those not affiliated with USC; no exceptions;
  • The Doheny Memorial Library is the place to inquire about getting a library card, as described under the "Non-USC" user tab on the lending policies page;
  • Materials from the Circulation Desk and VHS/DVDs are not accessible without a USC library card; no exceptions;
  • Materials from the Cage and archival materials are available Monday-Friday 9am-5pm in the Rare Books Reading Room only;
  • Please email us prior to your arrival so that we can confirm that the research materials that you need are available for your use: afa@usc.edu 

Overview and Collection Use Policies

The Architecture & Fine Arts Library (AFA) is located in a modernist setting designed by Becket Associates and Graeme Morland, a faculty member at the School of Architecture, on the ground floor of Watt Hall. It houses more than 75,000 volumes of books and journals dedicated to the studies of art history, fine arts, and architecture, as well as a notable collection of rare titles and artists' books. In addition, the AFA Library has a growing collection of videos and dvds in the arts and design fields. The AFA Library's collection can be searched through the USC Libraries catalog. The library also has several architectural and public-art archival collections. It is part of the USC Libraries system, and adheres to the USC Libraries policies on access and borrowing privileges.

For policies on using the AFA Library and its collections, go to its Policies page.