Opens at 9am
Architecture and Fine Arts Library
Helen Topping Architecture and Fine Arts Library

Architecture and Fine Arts Library

Library Schedule this Week

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Architecture & Fine Arts

Closed

9:00 am
- 10:00 pm

9:00 am
- 10:00 pm

9:00 am
- 10:00 pm

9:00 am
- 10:00 pm

9:00 am
- 5:00 pm

Closed

Available Amenities

 Printers, copiers, scanners
 Reservable study rooms
 Computers
 Coffee nearby

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

AFA Circulation Desk Phone: (213) 740-1956
AFA Research Help Phone: (213) 740-8646

Email: afa@usc.edu
Campus map code: WAH

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 during the academic year, roughly 3rd week of August to 2nd week in May, are listed below. Holiday hours vary. 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.

  • Monday-Thursday: 9am-10pm, Friday: 9am-5pm
  • Saturday: Closed, Sunday: 12pm-6pm
  • Special Collections/Cage Hours:
    • Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm

Library hours during the summer, roughly 3rd week in May to 3rd week in August are as follows:

  • Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm, including Special Collections/Cage. Holiday hours vary.

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, and can search the USC Libraries catalog, HOMER, from home. Non-USC users must adhere to the following:

  • There is no access to computers or scanners in the AFA library for those not affiliated with USC;
  • 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 in the Science and Engineering Library, located aross Watt Way, west of Watt Hall;
  • 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.

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, HOMER. 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.

Basic collection use policies are listed below. For a complete set of usage policies go to the AFA Library's Policies page.

Type of Material

USC Undergraduates; USC Staff; USC alums with USC library cards; visitors with USC library cards

USC Graduate students;

USC Faculty

Visitors without a USC Library card

Books from regular and oversized open stacks

Circulate for 4 weeks;

Can renew 10 times

Circulate for Semester;

Can renew indefinitely

In-library use

Bound and unbound journals

In-library use

In-library use

In-library use

DVDs

Circulate for 7 days;

Can renew once

Circulate for 7 days;

Can renew once

DVDs not available

Circulation Desk materials

In-library use, ordinarily for 3 hours

In-library use, ordinarily for 3 hours

Circulation Desk materials not available

High Shelves materials

In-library use

In-library use

In-library use

M-F 9am-5pm

Cage, Rare, and Archival materials

Use in Rare Books reading room, M-F 9-5

Use in Rare Books reading room, M-F 9-5

Use in Rare Books reading room, M-F 9-5