About the Hoose Library of Philosophy

About this library

The mission of the Hoose Library of Philosophy is to serve the educational and research needs of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff in all aspects of academic philosophy and its allied disciplines. The library's collection and resources primarily serve USC’s School of Philosophy as well as other university departments interested in the philosophical foundations of the liberal arts and sciences. The collection and resources comprise more than 50,000 volumes and is particularly rich in materials dealing with the history of modern philosophy, analytical philosophy and metaphysics.

The Hoose Philosophy Library offers in-depth research services during our normal hours of operation. Print reference sources are available in the library. To schedule an appointment for a research consultation please contact either the Head Librarian, Melissa Miller, or Library Supervisor, Rebecca Michelson.

Books are put on reserve each semester for some USC classes and can be requested at the circulation desk. Reserves must be used in the library and can be checked with a valid USC ID Card for 3-hours at a time.