Architecture & Fine Arts Library

AFA Overview of Stacks
AFA Interior Reading Space

Library Hours

  • Architecture & Fine Arts Library
  • Thu Mar 23
    9am to 10pm
  • Fri Mar 24
    9am to 5pm
  • Sat Mar 25
    Closed
  • Sun Mar 26
    noon to 6pm
  • Mon Mar 27
    9am to 10pm
  • Tue Mar 28
    9am to 10pm
  • Wed Mar 29
    9am to 10pm
  • Thu Mar 30
    9am to 10pm
  • Fri Mar 31
    9am to 5pm
  • Sat Apr 01
    Closed
  • Sun Apr 02
    noon to 6pm
  • Mon Apr 03
    9am to 10pm
  • Tue Apr 04
    9am to 10pm
  • Wed Apr 05
    9am to 10pm
  • Thu Apr 06
    9am to 10pm
  • Fri Apr 07
    9am to 5pm
  • Sat Apr 08
    Closed
  • Sun Apr 09
    noon to 6pm
  • Mon Apr 10
    9am to 10pm
  • Tue Apr 11
    9am to 10pm
  • Wed Apr 12
    9am to 10pm
  • Thu Apr 13
    9am to 10pm
  • Fri Apr 14
    9am to 5pm
  • Sat Apr 15
    Closed
  • Sun Apr 16
    noon to 6pm
  • Mon Apr 17
    9am to 10pm
  • Tue Apr 18
    9am to 10pm
  • Wed Apr 19
    9am to 10pm
  • Thu Apr 20
    9am to 10pm
  • Fri Apr 21
    9am to 5pm
  • Sat Apr 22
    Closed
  • Sun Apr 23
    noon to 6pm
  • Mon Apr 24
    9am to 10pm
  • Tue Apr 25
    9am to 10pm
  • Wed Apr 26
    9am to 10pm
  • Thu Apr 27
    9am to 10pm
  • Fri Apr 28
    9am to 5pm
  • Sat Apr 29
    Closed
  • Sun Apr 30
    noon to 6pm
  • Mon May 01
    9am to 10pm
  • Tue May 02
    9am to 10pm
  • Wed May 03
    9am to 10pm
  • Thu May 04
    9am to 10pm
  • Fri May 05
    9am to 5pm
  • Sat May 06
    Closed
  • Sun May 07
    noon to 6pm
  • Mon May 08
    9am to 10pm
  • Tue May 09
    9am to 10pm
  • Wed May 10
    9am to 5pm
  • Thu May 11
    9am to 5pm
  • Fri May 12
    1pm to 5pm
  • Sat May 13
    Closed
  • Sun May 14
    Closed
  • Mon May 15
    9am to 5pm
  • Tue May 16
    9am to 5pm
  • Wed May 17
    9am to 5pm
  • Thu May 18
    9am to 5pm
  • Fri May 19
    9am to 5pm
  • Sat May 20
    Closed
  • Sun May 21
    Closed
  • Mon May 22
    9am to 5pm
  • Tue May 23
    9am to 5pm
  • Wed May 24
    9am to 5pm
  • Thu May 25
    9am to 5pm
  • Fri May 26
    9am to 5pm
  • Sat May 27
    Closed
  • Sun May 28
    Closed
  • Mon May 29
    Closed
  • Tue May 30
    9am to 5pm
  • Wed May 31
    9am to 5pm
  • Thu Jun 01
    9am to 5pm

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 'Tony" 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.