Wilson Dental Library Borrowing Privileges


A valid USC ID must be presented to the Library Front Desk in order to borrow materials. There are no exceptions to this policy. You may not utilize another person’s university ID to access or borrow materials. 

Note: Due to Ostrow COVID-19 health & safety procedures, only Ostrow students, faculty, and staff are permitted in the Ostrow building until further notice. 

USC Students, Faculty, Staff:

Your borrower account allows you to:

  • borrow books and renew through the USC Libraries catalog or in person

  • access licensed online journals and books using your USC Net ID and password

  • use Wilson Dental Library computer workstations using your USC Net ID and password

  • request items from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery

  • check out up to 25 books at the Health Sciences Libraries

Your USC ID also allows you to borrow library materials at all other USC Libraries locations. Borrowing policies may differ. 

Loan Periods: 

General Collection/4 Week Loans: 

Our general collection books circulate for 4 WEEKS with one renewal.  You can renew 4 WEEK LOANS via phone 213-740-0008 OR through your library account via the USC Libraries catalog

Reserve Book Collection: 

Some Reserve materials are for library use only. Copy 1 of all Reserve textbooks is for Library Use Only – no exceptions. Reserve material can only be checked out by Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry affiliates. All other USC affiliates can utilize these materials within the library.  

Reserve materials circulate for 3 hours at a time and may be checked out at 3 p.m. until 10 a.m. the next business day, Monday through Thursday. On Friday, Reserve materials may be checked out until 10 a.m. on Monday.  See Fine Policies for information on overdue Reserves. 

Reserve material is not renewable by phone and must be returned to the Wilson Dental Library front desk on or before the due date and time. 

Bound and Current Journals: 

Bound and current print issues of journals are restricted to library use only. Browse the library catalog for select electronic medical and dental journals. 

Reference Material: 

Reference material such as dictionaries, lab value guides, and indices are restricted to library use only.  

Study Rooms: 

Two study rooms, one seating 6 and one seating 8 people are restricted to Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry students, staff, and faculty. Same day reservations may be made at the front desk or via our Room Booking system. The rooms can be booked for 3 hours at a time. See library staff for more information governing the use of the two study rooms. The Rare Book Room can only be booked by Faculty and Staff of the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry. 

Chargers and Adapters: 

Chargers and adapters are available and can be checked out for library use only. 


Skulls are for library use only. Faculty must email wdl@usc.edu in order to utilize skulls for classroom purposes. 

Volunteer Faculty and Affiliates: 

Library accounts, including access to electronic resources require sponsorship by your department chair or home department coordinator. Not all affiliates are eligible for all USC electronic services. 

Alumni Borrowers: 

Please see the USC Libraries Borrowing and Access Privileges page.

Proxy Borrowers: 

Proxy cards are available for faculty to designate a specific person to borrow material on the faculty member’s behalf. These transactions are the responsibility of the faculty member. Only faculty with current library accounts will be eligible for this service. In order to obtain a proxy borrower account, please contact wdl@usc.edu