Summer at USC Libraries
The libraries are open for in-person study, expert research help, checking out materials, and the many other ways we support your academic and creative work. Summer hours are in effect, and some locations are temporarily unavailable due to ongoing space improvements.
Masks are no longer required in most library spaces but remain strongly recommended, in line with university requirements. Masks continue to be required in the Wilson Dental Library. Trojan Check remains available as a tool for checking symptoms but is no longer required.
Food and drink are currently not permitted in library locations except for approved events.
Please review recent university messages for the most current information.
Frequently Asked Questions
Health and Safety at the Libraries
Q: Do I need to wear a mask?
A: Masking is no longer required in most libraries but remains strongly recommended. Masks continued to be required in the Wilson Dental Library.
Q: Is Trojan Check required?
A: Faculty, staff, students, and visitors are encouraged to use Trojan Check as a tool for checking symptoms, but Care Crew members will no longer verify Trojan Check when entering campus.
Please do not come to campus if you're feeling ill.
Q: Where can I find current USC information on COVID-19?
A: Up-to-date information is available at the USC COVID-19 Resource Center. Refer to that page for official information relevant to the USC community, including details on vaccine, booster, and testing requirements.
Visiting the Libraries
Q: Are USC Libraries buildings open?
A: Yes, the libraries are open for study, research, research assistance, and checking out materials. Current hours are available at Library Hours page.
Q: Can I bring food or drinks into the libraries?
A: No. For the time being, food and drink are not permitted in library locations. Approved events are permitted to provide refreshments.
Q: Do I need a reservation?
Q: I'm not affiliated with USC. Can I visit the libraries or schedule research with special collections?
A: Yes. Masking is strongly recommended in library spaces, and reservations are required to conduct research with specialized collections.
Q: Do I need an ID to enter libraries?
A: Yes, at three locations. USC students, faculty, and staff are required to present a valid, physical USC Card to enter Doheny, Leavey, and Norris Medical Libraries. Visitors not affiliated with USC must present a valid, government-issued photo ID.
Using Library Collections and Spaces
Q: Can I check out books and other items in person?
A: Yes. Borrowing has resumed at open library locations.
Q: Do I need a reservation to study or check out materials?
A: No. Open library locations are available for study, circulation services, and research help.
Q: Do I need a reservation to conduct research with special collections?
A: Yes. Reservations continue to be required for research with archives and other specialized materials.
Q: Are group study rooms available?
A: Yes. Make your reservations here.
Q: Can I still receive home delivery of library materials?
A: Only if you are a student enrolled in an online degree program or a faculty member teaching in an online program.
Q: Can I use interlibrary loan services?
A: Yes. Please note that our ability to fulfill specific interlibrary loan requests depends on the lending institution and accessibility of its collections.