Cinematic Arts Library

Cinematic Arts Library Exterior
Cinematic Arts Library Film Reels

Library Hours

  • Cinematic Arts Library
  • Sun Nov 17
    noon to 8pm
  • Mon Nov 18
    9am to 10pm
  • Tue Nov 19
    9am to 10pm
  • Wed Nov 20
    9am to 10pm
  • Thu Nov 21
    9am to 10pm
  • Fri Nov 22
    9am to 5pm
  • Sat Nov 23
    9am to 5pm
  • Sun Nov 24
    noon to 8pm
  • Mon Nov 25
    9am to 10pm
  • Tue Nov 26
    9am to 10pm
  • Wed Nov 27
    9am to 5pm
  • Thu Nov 28
    Closed
  • Fri Nov 29
    Closed
  • Sat Nov 30
    Closed
  • Sun Dec 01
    noon to 8pm
  • Mon Dec 02
    9am to 10pm
  • Tue Dec 03
    9am to 10pm
  • Wed Dec 04
    9am to 10pm
  • Thu Dec 05
    9am to 10pm
  • Fri Dec 06
    9am to 5pm
  • Sat Dec 07
    9am to 5pm
  • Sun Dec 08
    noon to 8pm
  • Mon Dec 09
    9am to 10pm
  • Tue Dec 10
    9am to 10pm
  • Wed Dec 11
    9am to 10pm
  • Thu Dec 12
    9am to 10pm
  • Fri Dec 13
    9am to 5pm
  • Sat Dec 14
    9am to 5pm
  • Sun Dec 15
    noon to 8pm
  • 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
    9am to 5pm
  • Sun Jan 19
    noon to 8pm
  • 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 8pm

About this Library

The University of Southern California Cinematic Arts Library's primary mission is to support the curriculum of the School of Cinematic Arts and to foster study and research. In addition to an extensive book collection, the library also holds many archives focusing on the history of the film industry and containing many rarely seen photographs, as well as scripts, scores and other artifacts.

The Cinematic Arts Library is committed to becoming a multimedia archive of materials ranging from the raw materials that go into the making of motion pictures, to the finished products themselves, and to all of the new technologies for preserving the moving image and presenting it to a new generation of filmgoers. The library promotes interdisciplinary teaching and collaborative projects such as digital imaging and archiving.

The Cinematic Arts Library is located on the ground floor of the Doheny Memorial Library on the University Park campus.

There are no posted reference hours at the Cinematic Arts Library, but please contact the library for reference questions and to schedule a time when a staff member can be available to answer any reference inquiries.

The library contact is (213) 740-3994.

For archival inquires and appointments, please fill-out our archival request form: http://goo.gl/forms/fLBuRhg5bwhvpuIM2. or email ctlibarc@usc.edu

THE CINEMATIC ARTS LIBRARY ARCHIVAL READING ROOM IS OPEN TO THOSE WITH LEGITIMATE ACADEMIC RESEARCH PROJECTS.  THOSE WITH "FAN-ORIENTED," SPECULATIVE OR COMMERCIAL PROJECTS WILL BE DIRECTED ELSEWHERE.  OUR READING ROOM'S AVAILABILITY FOR FALL, 2019 IS SEPTEMBER 10 TO DECEMBER 4.  THE READING ROOM WILL BE OPEN TUESDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS FROM 10:00 AM UNTIL 4:00 PM.  THE READING ROOM WILL BE CLOSED FROM NOVEMBER 25 THROUGH NOVEMBER 29.  ACCESS TO ARCHIVAL MATERIALS IS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.      APPOINTMENTS MAY BE MADE BY CONTACTING US AT: ctlibarc@usc.edu.  SINCE THE UNIVERSITY IS BEGINNING THE PROCESS OF MOVING OUR ARCHIVAL COLLECTIONS TO NEW OFFSITE STORAGE FACILITIES, SOME COLLECTIONS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE TO RESEARCHERS DURING FALL 2019 AND SPRING 2020.  BEGIN YOUR CORRESPONDENCE WITH US AT LEAST 4 WEEKS BEFORE YOUR REQUESTED RESERVATION DATE AND BE AS DETAILED AS POSSIBLE IN DESCRIBING WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR.

For Warner Bros. Archive inquiries, please fill-out this archival request form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1n6eqVgybKoxT3RM9eVefWWgOGIkLLQ0blkEHJDe27Zs/viewform

Please begin correspondences 4 weeks before your intended visit since most of our archival collections are housed off-site. For more information please see our Archival Research page or write to ctlibarc@usc.edu.

 

The Louis B. Mayer Film and Television Study Center

Established through a grant from The Louis B. Mayer Foundation, The Louis B. Mayer Study center offers a viewing collection of almost 13,000 motion picture and television titles in DVD, Laser disc, and VHS formats. Videos may be checked out by USC faculty for classroom screenings in all disciplines, or may be placed on course reserve in Leavey Library if not required for cinema and television classes.

The Study Center maintains 20 viewing stations open to Cinema and Theater majors, and to all students enrolled in the School of Cinematic Arts's film and television courses or the Thornton School of Music's film scoring classes. Other students may view films in the Leavey Library'€™s 24 hour DVD Center. All viewing within the Louis B. Mayer Study Center must be course-related in accordance with U.S. Copyright Law governing public exhibition.

Requests to view videos for individual course-related research may be made.

 

The David L. Wolper Center for the Study of the Documentary

The producer of some 800 collective works, David L. Wolper is a recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and an inductee to the Television Hall of Fame. Throughout his career, Mr. Wolper's television programs received more than 50 Emmy, 7 Golden Globe, and 5 Peabody Awards. His motion picture films garnered 20 Oscar nominations, and 3 awards.

David Wolper donated his personal archives to be housed in the David L. Wolper Center at the University of Southern California. This collection of memorabilia traces Wolper's career over the past half-century of entertainment and covers the process of filmmaking from the initial stages of development through distribution.

Location

The David L. Wolper Center is located on the ground floor of USC's Doheny Memorial Library. Please contact us for an appointment.

 

Warner Bros. Archive

The Warner Bros. Archives will be closed until February 2020 because our curator has left for a new position and we are presently conducting a search to recruit and train a new one.

Presented to USC by Warner Communications in 1977, the USC Warner Bros. Archives is the largest single studio collection in the world. It is the only collection to bring production, distribution and exhibition records together to document the activities of a vertically integrated studio. The making of many classic films such as The Jazz SingerCasablanca and Rebel without a Cause is documented from story purchase through theatrical release and chronicled down to the daily contributions of writers, directors, producers and actors. 

The USC Warner Bros. Archives contains the records of Warner Bros. Pictures Inc. and its motion picture-related subsidiaries (including First National and Vitagraph). The records document the period from 1918 (the release of the brothers’ first major feature film) through 1968 (the sale of the studio to Seven Arts). Also included are extensive production records for Warner Bros. television series from 1955-1968. The holdings include:

  • Legal, production, story and publicity files 
  • Correspondence, memoranda and documents 
  • Scripts, treatments, outlines and synopses 
  • Publicity and historical stills 
  • Film music scores, orchestral parts and original sketches 
  • Art department stills and set drawings 
  • Animation drawings and backgrounds 
  • Stanley-Warner theater chain exhibition records 

Materials may be viewed by appointment only.

The Warner Bros. Archives is managed by the School of Cinematic Arts. For more information, please visit the http://cinema.usc.edu/wb.

For Warner Bros. Archive inquiries, please fill-out this archival request form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1n6eqVgybKoxT3RM9eVefWWgOGIkLLQ0blkEHJDe27Zs/viewform. If you have further questions regarding the Warner Bros. Archive, please write to ctlibarc@usc.edu.