Visiting the USC Libraries

Welcome to the USC Libraries

The USC Libraries actively support the discovery, creation, and preservation of knowledge. We develop collections and services that support and encourage the academic endeavors of faculty, students, and staff; build a community of critical consumers of information; and help develop engaged world citizens. USC has 23 libraries and information centers and the USC Digital Library.

Visiting the USC Libraries

Using Library Facilities

  • The general public may use the libraries for academic and research-related purposes when resources are not in use by or reserved for USC students, faculty, staff, alumni, or other members of the USC community. (Please note: Only USC students, faculty, staff, and alumni and sponsored guests may be present in libraries open after 9:00 p.m. or before 7:00 a.m. All patrons will be asked to present their USCard or library-issued USC identification during these times.)

  • Computer Workstations are available at Doheny Memorial Library; please go to the circulation desk for the username and password.

  • Filming – All commercial film requests should be booked through USC Campus Filming Office. (Students wishing to film should consult the Student Filming Guidelines for the University Libraries.)

  • Copy & Print services are available at all libraries. Print cards may be purchased at Leavey, Doheny, or the Science & Engineering Library.

Accessing Resources

  • Special Collections – The USC Libraries' Special Collections is a non-circulating research library open to the general public. Please consult these guidelines for first-time visitors.

  • Borrowing Privileges for Individual & Corporate Fee Borrowers – Individual fee-based privileges are available for Los Angeles-area residents at the rate of $125.00 for 6 months. Corporate privileges are available to Los Angeles-area businesses for $300.00 for 6 months. The USC Libraries reserve the right to determine whether applicants qualify for individual or corporate privileges. Individuals must apply for borrowing privileges in person at Doheny.

  • Borrowing Privileges for iVip Scholars – Visiting scholars, VIP guests, and summer program participants must be sponsored by an academic or administrative department to obtain library privileges. Upon a recommendation of a sponsoring school’s Dean (or their designate), a visiting scholar’s (a guest’s or program participant’s) information is entered into the iVIP system. For the list of the iVIP program administrators for schools and departments, please click here.

  • Borrowing Privileges for local institutions – Libraries provide borrowing privileges to faculty, students, and researchers from the following institutions: Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and American Film Institute. We also work with USC’s Neighborhood Academic Initiative to provide borrowing privileges to local high school and college students through selected programs.

  • Research Guides – These are created by librarians and point to subscription-based and freely accessible resources on particular subjects and disciplines.

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