Norris Library Study Space Reservations FAQ

Q: Is Norris Medical Library open?

A: Norris Library is open for quiet study space by reservation only. Capacity is limited in order to help keep everyone safe. We continue to make available all of the libraries digital resources and other support for remote teaching, learning, research, and clinical practice. Reservations are available now for quiet study sessions.


Q: Are masks required in Norris Medical Library?

A: Yes. In line with County of L.A. and university guidelines, masks are required at all times in library spaces.


Q: How do I make a reservation?

A: Visit and select Norris Medical Library from the available library locations.


Q: What are the hours of opening?

A: Norris Medical Library is available for reserved study between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Each reservation is for one entire 7-hour block.


Q: How often can I make a reservation?

A: Reservations are accessible until they are filled. Please only make reservations for study times you plan to use. In order to help keep everyone safe and provide reservations as equitably as possible, the libraries may return to a limited number of reservations per week if we approach current capacity limits.


Q: Who can make a study reservation?

A: Members of the USC community who have USC net ID credentials. You will need to present your physical USC Card identification when you arrive, as well as your reservation check-in and Trojan Check confirmations.


Q: Why do I have to make a reservation?

A: Norris is opening with limited capacity to help keep everyone safe. Reservations allow us to maintain physical distancing, cleaning schedules, and compliance with university and county health guidelines.


Q: How does the reservation system work?

A: Start your reservation here. You’ll receive a confirmation with instructions for checking in on the day or your scheduled study time. On the day of your reservation, check in online using the link in your confirmation email, complete Trojan Check, wear your mask, be prepared to show your check-in confirmation, Trojan Check, and your physical USC Card when entering the library.


Q: Do I need to arrive at the beginning of my reservation period?

A: You can arrive at any time during your scheduled visit. However, everyone will need to clear the library at the end of the reservation time so that we can clean appropriately.


Q: Can I leave and return during my reservation period?

A: Yes, but please take your belongings with you. Holding seats with unattended belongings is not permitted and puts your belongings at risk. You will need to present your check-in confirmation, USC Card, and Trojan Check each time you enter the library.


Q: Can I bring food or drinks into the library?

A: Food and drinks are not permitted for the time being.


Q: When will more library buildings open?

A: Pending conditions, we’re planning to open additional library spaces throughout the spring and summer. Specific dates remain to be determined. Please check regularly for up-to-date information.


Q: I already did Trojan Check. Do I need a study-space reservation, too?

A: Yes. Please make your study reservation here.


Q: Can I return books in the library if I have a study reservation?

A: Yes. You can return books at the circulation desk in libraries available for study space. Find additional book-return options here:


Q: Can I use printers in the library?

A: Not yet. For the time being, priority services in the libraries are study and research.


Q: Can I check out laptops from the library?

A: Not yet. The USC ITS Technology Assistance Program is maintaining a waiting list for laptops. You can sign up here.


Q: I have questions about air circulation in the libraries. Where do I ask?

A: USC Environmental Health and Safety has reviewed currently available library spaces and determined that they meet guidelines for opening. Please get in touch with the USC COVID-19 hotline at 213-740-6291 or for any additional questions related to air circulation.