Architecture and Fine Arts Library

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AFA Interior Reading Space

Library Hours

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

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

Campus map code: WAH

  • AFA Circulation Desk Phone: (213) 740-1956
  • General Email: afa@usc.edu
  • AFA Research Help (architecture, art history, & fine arts): stacyw@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: stacyw@usc.edu

About this library

The Architecture and 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-4pm 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: stacyw@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.