Leavey Library is open for students to study and use our collections. Reservations are no longer required for study spaces. Reservations for group study rooms may be made online.
Leavey Library is generally open 24 hours when classes are in session during the fall and spring semesters, with some exceptions. Please check the hours listed on the USC Libraries Hours page before coming to the library, so you are aware of shorter hours or closures during holidays or breaks.
The USC Libraries main page is regularly updated with current information on library collections, programs, and services.
All electronic library resources for research and teaching remain available and are accessible from off campus. For subscription databases and journals, please go to USC Libraries and log in using your USC account username and password.
USC library account holders can request physical items from our circulating collections using the Interlibrary Loan platform. For more information, see Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery.
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The Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Library provides a state-of-the-art learning environment for students and faculty at the University of Southern California. Leavey’s print and electronic collections, services, and technology are designed to facilitate coursework, studying, and research. Experts are available 24 hours a day to provide assistance with research and computing. Leavey’s technology-enhanced spaces support teaching and individual or group study—as well as film screenings, multimedia production and viewing, presentations, and videoconferencing.
For a self-guided tour of Leavey Library, click here.
During normal Fall and Spring semesters Leavey is open continuously until midnight Saturday and reopens at 9am on Sunday. During finals the library is open continuously. Hours during holidays and summer vary.
All library services stop 15 minutes before closing, and all patrons are asked to leave before closing time.
Leavey offers a core research and reference collection, a film library of more than 7000 DVDs, and a selection of the most requested academic journals, magazines, and newspapers. You can browse Leavey’s featured collections of plays, classic works of literature and philosophy, recent best-sellers, and new books. The USC Libraries also provide a wealth of online resources, including full-text journals, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and photographic databases.
Circulation Desk: Your USCard is also your library card. Present it at the circulation desk on the first floor to borrow or renew materials, and to obtain information about your account. You can also pay fines and report lost items or library cards.
Course Reserves: Undergraduate and graduate course reserves are available at the Leavey circulation desk. The USC Libraries’ online catalog shows a complete list of reserves materials arranged by professors’ names and course numbers. Electronic course reserves are available at reserves.usc.edu.
Leavey Library is situated in the northeast corner of campus. For general questions regarding parking, see the Parking Services Web site. The closest 24-hour entrance to campus near Leavey Library is at USC McCarthy Way, accessible off of Figueroa Street. Parking availability may change due to special events.
Please note: All visitors are required to show a photo ID to enter the library at all times. Only USC students, faculty, and staff may be present in libraries open after 9:00 p.m. or before 7:00 a.m.