Q: What libraries are open for study?
A: Leavey, Norris Medical, and the Science and Engineering Libraries are open for study by reservation with limited capacity. Doheny study reservations are available now for scheduled sessions beginning on April 19. More libraries will open throughout the spring and summer as conditions allow. We’ll update the list of open libraries on the spring 2021 page as we confirm dates.
Q: What are the hours of opening?
A: Leavey Library is available for reserved study from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The building will close for cleaning between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Each reservation is for one entire 6-hour block. Norris and Science and Engineering are open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Doheny hours will be 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. beginning on April 19.
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 to enter the library. At Norris Medical Library, you also will need to present your Trojan Check confirmation when entering the library. You can obtain your USC ID card through the university's USCard services.
Q: Why do I have to make a reservation?
A: The libraries are 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: Do I need my USC ID card to make a reservation?
A: You will need to present your physical USC Card to enter the library when you arrive for your reservation. At Norris Medical Library, you also will need to present your Trojan Check confirmation when entering the library. You can obtain your USC ID card through the university's USCard services.
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 and USC ID 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, the reservation will end at the originally scheduled time, as everyone will need to clear the library 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 and USC ID each time you enter the library.
Q: Can I bring food or drink into the library?
A: Food and drink, including water, 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 the libraries spring 2021 site 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 at: https://libraries.usc.edu/studyreservations.
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 email@example.com for any additional questions related to air circulation.
Q: Can I check out books from the libraries?
A: Home delivery remains available, but book stacks in library buildings are not accessible for browsing or check-out. Find current home delivery information at: https://libguides.usc.edu/idd/idd-policy
Q: When can I check out books in person?
A: We don’t know for certain, but we will resume access to book stacks and circulation services as soon as it's safe and feasible.
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 at: Additional book returns options are listed here https://libanswers.usc.edu/access/faq/21354.
Q: Can I use printers in the library?
A: Not yet. For the time being, priority services in the libraries are study and research. The USC Village FedEx location offers self-service printing.
Q: What if I don't have a reservation but would like to use a library restroom?
A: To maintain capacity limits, only those with confirmed reservations and check-ins can enter libraries. On the University Park Campus, restrooms are available on the south-west side of the Tutor Campus Center and at USC Village.
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.