Architecture & Fine Arts Library

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Library Hours

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

Due to retrofit work on Watt Hall throughout the summer, the Architecture and Fine Arts Library will be closed to general access beginning May 14. Circulating materials will be available for paging and pickup at Leavey Library. Beginning May 14, choose the “Request through IDD” option for items you’d like to page through the library catalog. Materials will be paged Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. You will be notified when your items are available and held at the circulation desk in Leavey Library.

We expect construction to conclude by August 14 and will share updates here should the schedule change. We look forward to welcoming you back to the AFA Library in August.

Please email afa@usc.edu with any questions.
 

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

Acting Head: Antonio Gonzalez

Campus map code: WAH

  • AFA Circulation Desk Phone: (213) 740-1956
  • General Email: afa@usc.edu
  • AFA Research Help (architecture, art history, & fine arts): gonzalea@usc.edu
    • 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;
  • To use the photocopier, please purchase a copy card at Doheny Memorial Library;
  • 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: gonzalea@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.