Science & Engineering Library History

The Science & Engineering Library in the Seaver Science Center opened in January 1970. Before that time there were two separate libraries, one for science, which opened in the early 1920s, and one for engineering, which opened in 1942.

In 2019, the Science & Engineering Library partnered with USC's Viterbi School of Engineering to reimagine the library spaces in the Seaver Science Center. Construction took place during the 2019–2020 school year to turn the ground floor into what is now the Baum Family Maker Space—a multipurpose center for design, innovation, and hands-on fabrication for Viterbi students.

The library, now housed on the second and third floors of the Seaver Center, has been completely remodeled with new classroom spaces for library instruction as well as reservable group study rooms.