Library for International & Public Affairs

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Library Hours

  • Library for International & Public Affairs
Wed Jul 24
9am to 5pm
Thu Jul 25
9am to 5pm
Fri Jul 26
9am to 5pm
Sat Jul 27
Closed
Sun Jul 28
Closed
Mon Jul 29
9am to 5pm
Tue Jul 30
9am to 5pm
Wed Jul 31
9am to 5pm
Thu Aug 01
9am to 5pm
Fri Aug 02
9am to 5pm
Sat Aug 03
Closed
Sun Aug 04
Closed
Mon Aug 05
9am to 5pm
Tue Aug 06
9am to 5pm
Wed Aug 07
9am to 5pm
Thu Aug 08
9am to 5pm
Fri Aug 09
9am to 5pm
Sat Aug 10
Closed
Sun Aug 11
Closed
Mon Aug 12
9am to 5pm
Tue Aug 13
9am to 5pm
Wed Aug 14
9am to 5pm
Thu Aug 15
9am to 5pm
Fri Aug 16
9am to 5pm
Sat Aug 17
Closed
Sun Aug 18
Closed
Mon Aug 19
9am to 5pm
Tue Aug 20
9am to 5pm
Wed Aug 21
9am to 5pm
Thu Aug 22
9am to 5pm
Fri Aug 23
9am to 5pm
Sat Aug 24
Closed
Sun Aug 25
Closed
Mon Aug 26
9am to 10pm
Tue Aug 27
9am to 10pm
Wed Aug 28
9am to 10pm
Thu Aug 29
9am to 10pm
Fri Aug 30
9am to 5pm
Sat Aug 31
Closed
Sun Sep 01
Closed
Mon Sep 02
Closed
Tue Sep 03
9am to 10pm
Wed Sep 04
9am to 10pm
Thu Sep 05
9am to 10pm
Fri Sep 06
9am to 5pm
Sat Sep 07
Closed
Sun Sep 08
noon to 8pm
Mon Sep 09
9am to 10pm
Tue Sep 10
9am to 10pm
Wed Sep 11
9am to 10pm
Thu Sep 12
9am to 10pm
Fri Sep 13
9am to 5pm
Sat Sep 14
Closed
Sun Sep 15
noon to 8pm
Mon Sep 16
9am to 10pm
Tue Sep 17
9am to 10pm
Wed Sep 18
9am to 10pm
Thu Sep 19
9am to 10pm
Fri Sep 20
9am to 5pm
Sat Sep 21
Closed
Sun Sep 22
noon to 8pm
Mon Sep 23
9am to 10pm
Tue Sep 24
9am to 10pm
Wed Sep 25
9am to 10pm
Thu Sep 26
9am to 10pm
Fri Sep 27
9am to 5pm
Sat Sep 28
Closed
Sun Sep 29
noon to 8pm
Mon Sep 30
9am to 10pm
Tue Oct 01
9am to 10pm
Wed Oct 02
9am to 10pm

Location:
Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow Center for International and Public Affairs
University of Southern California
3518 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0048

Phone: (213)-740-1769
Email: LibIPA@usc.edu
 

About this library

The Library for International & Public Affairs (LIPA) is an interdisciplinary, graduate-level learning center that supports the current and anticipated research needs of students, faculty, staff, and alumni in political science, international relations, public administration, spatial science, public diplomacy, and urban and regional planning. The Library contains approximately 200,000 books, subscribes to more than 450 journals and other serial publications, and provides electronic access to a variety of scholarly resources. It also manages and provides access to a depository collection of U.S. federal government documents, a substantial collection of international documents, and serves as the regional depository in Southern California for all publications and digital resources of the European Union.

LIPA's mission is to provide excellent service and maintain collections that promote a diversity of worldviews and the free exchange of ideas guided by the principles of Article 19 in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

 

Directions

We invite anyone to visit our library and utilize its resources and services. The Library for International & Public Affairs is located on the northeast corner of campus (see interactive map). If you are driving to campus, the closest access to the library is the McCarthy Way entrance [213-740-3848], located at the intersection of West 35th Street and Figueroa Street. The entrance is open 24 hours a day. Public all-day parking in McCarthy Way Parking Structure is available for $14.00 Monday through Friday. Note that parking availability may change due to special events. For more information about parking on campus, visit the USC Transportation web site.

If you are taking the E Line [Expo] train to campus, get off at the Expo Park/USC station located in the median of Exposition Avenue at Trousdale Parkway. Walk towards campus along Trousdale Parkway until you reach the Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow Center for International and Public Affairs (DMC) building on your right.

The library is located on the ground floor of the building and can be reached by using the northeast corner stairwell or the elevator. Entrances into the building and to the Library are wheelchair accessible with automated door openers.

Please note that all library services stop 15 minutes before closing, and all patrons are asked to leave before closing time.

 

Carrels and Study Spaces

The Library for International & Public Affairs has more than 200 reader seats to accommodate a wide range of study preferences, including both small and large group study tables as well as individual study carrels located throughout the book stacks and along the central atrium. Users have access to wireless network connectivity throughout all public spaces of the library as well as in the lobby before you enter. In addition, reconfigurable tables and chairs are available in the northwest corner of the library to support collaborative research and project-based group work.

 

Research Help

Library faculty are available for in-person research consultation by appointment or by asking to speak with a librarian at the circulation desk. You can email any of the following faculty in LIPA to schedule an appointment: Robert V. LabareeEimmy Solis, or Andy Rutkowski. Use the Ask-A-Librarian service for general telephone, email, and chat reference assistance or to find information about research help available at other libraries on campus.

 

Collections

Faculty within the Library for International & Public Affairs actively select print materials and online resources based on the current and anticipated research and curricular needs of the disciplines we serve. In addition, we also rely on recommendations from faculty and students to help build our collections. Requests to purchase books, subscribe to new journals, or obtain access to electronic resources can be done online using the USC Libraries' Recommend-A-Purchase service. LIPA abides by all policies of the USC Libraries regarding borrowing privileges for students, faculty, staff, visiting scholars, alumni, and non-USC users.

Note: Faculty requesting materials for course reserves should use the ARES online request system. If you are logging into ARES for the first time you must contact the USC Libraries' Integrated Document Delivery office at idd@usc.edu or by calling 213-740-4020 to have access privileges set to the 'Instructor' level.

 

Access to the Federal Government Collection

The general public is welcome to use the U.S. Federal Government Collection materials in LIPA. Federal depository law guarantees free and unimpeded access to the collection (44 U.S.C. § 1911). To access online electronic publications and electronic databases, LIPA maintains one public terminal.

 

Instructional Services

Library faculty offer tours of the library to anyone interested in learning more about our resources and services. In addition, we can provide specialized course-related sessions that teach students how to effectively conduct research using the library's resources and services. Instructors are encouraged to schedule sessions accommodating up to 20 students in the Multimedia Room or contact us to conduct an in-class research session. To make a request, contact any of the following faculty in LIPA: Robert V. Labaree, Eimmy Solis, and Andy Rutkowski.

Please also see the Library Support for Teaching Instruction for current information about library resources and services.

 

Giving to the Library for International & Public Affairs

We welcome and greatly appreciate donations to the Library for International & Public Affairs. Information about donating to the USC Libraries can be found here.