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Library Privileges for USC Students

Check Outs

Standard Loan Period for most Books

200

4 Weeks for Undergraduates | Semester for Graduates


Overview of Services

Library accounts for current USC students include the following services:

  • Facility access for all USC Libraries locations
  • Borrowing of up to 200 standard circulating material items at a time
  • Remote and on-site access to USC subscriptions of online journals, books and databases (Access to electronic databases, electronic journals, electronic books, and other research websites is for the exclusive use of all current USC students, faculty—including visiting and part-time—and staff.  Electronic resources are governed by license agreements, and the terms of use are set by the publishers and vendors from which they are subscribed.)
  • Use of library information kiosk computers
  • Access to library computer labs with productivity software
  • Use of library microform readers, scanners, and photocopiers
  • Paging materials from Grand Library
  • Recalling materials checked out by other users
  • In-person reference assistance
  • 24/7 Online Chat and Email Reference
  • Interlibrary loan
  • Access to electronic and hard-copy course reserves
  • Room reservations for collaborative work rooms, conference rooms, learning rooms, and auditoria
  • Reading room access for rare books and archival materials
  • Admission to library-hosted events and exhibitions
  • Electronic document delivery (for students enrolled in distance programs only)

Please note that Library privileges are not transferable to other individuals, and the Library reserves the right to request secondary picture identification before allowing access to facilities or providing services.

Library Privileges for USC Faculty and Professors Emeritus

Check Outs

Standard Loan Period for most Books

200

Semester


Overview of Services

Library accounts for current USC faculty and Professors Emeritus include the following services:

  • Facility access for all USC Libraries locations
  • Borrowing of up to 200 standard circulating material items at a time
  • Remote and on-site access to USC subscriptions of online journals, books and databases. Access to electronic databases, electronic journals, electronic books, and other subscription research websites is for the exclusive use of all current USC students, faculty—including visiting and part-time—and staff. Electronic resources are governed by license agreements, and the terms of use are set by the publishers and vendors from which they are subscribed.

    Retired faculty who hold the title Professor Emeritus also may access electronic resources remotely. Please note that membership in the Emeriti Center does not automatically allow remote electronic access to subscription resources. Such access is available only to those retired faculty with the Professor Emeritus designation.
  • Use of library information kiosk computers
  • Access to library computer labs with productivity software
  • Use of library microform readers, scanners, and photocopiers
  • Paging materials from Grand Library
  • Recalling materials checked out by other users
  • In-person reference assistance
  • 24/7 Online Chat and Email Reference
  • Interlibrary loan
  • Electronic and print course reserve services
  • Room reservations for collaborative work rooms, conference rooms, learning rooms, and auditoria
  • Reading room access for rare books and archival materials
  • Admission to library-hosted events and exhibitions
  • Electronic document delivery
  • Group instruction sessions led by a librarians
  • Proxy borrowing accounts
  • Access to affiliated institutions

Please note that Library privileges are not transferable to other individuals, and the Library reserves the right to request secondary picture identification before allowing access to facilities or providing services.

Library Privileges for USC Staff

Check Outs

Standard Loan Period for most Books

200

Semester


Overview of Services

Library accounts for current USC staff include the following services:

  • Facility access for all USC Libraries locations
  • Borrowing of up to 200 standard circulating material items at a time
  • Remote and on-site access to USC subscriptions of online journals, books and databases (Access to electronic databases, electronic journals, electronic books, and other research websites is for the exclusive use of all current USC students, faculty—including visiting and part-time—and staff.  Electronic resources are governed by license agreements, and the terms of use are set by the publishers and vendors from which they are subscribed.)
  • Use of library information kiosk computers
  • Access to library computer labs with productivity software
  • Use of library microform readers, scanners, and photocopiers
  • Paging materials from Grand Library
  • Recalling materials checked out by other users
  • In-person reference assistance
  • 24/7 Online Chat and Email Reference
  • Interlibrary loan
  • Room reservations for collaborative work rooms, conference rooms, learning rooms, and auditoria
  • Reading room access for rare books and archival materials
  • Admission to library-hosted events and exhibitions


In addition, research staff and post docs may also receive these services:

  • Electronic document delivery
  • Group instruction sessions led by a librarian
  • Proxy borrowing accounts
  • Access to affiliated institutions

Please note that Library privileges are not transferable to other individuals, and the Library reserves the right to request secondary picture identification before allowing access to facilities or providing services.

 

Library Privileges for USC Alumni

Check Outs

Standard Loan Period for most Books

40

4 Weeks


Overview of Services

Library accounts for alumni include the following services based on availability:

  • Facility access for all USC Libraries locations
  • Borrowing of standard circulating material, up to 40 items at a time
  • Remote access to the ProQuest Research Library is available to members of the USC Alumni Association
  • Use of library information kiosk computers to connect to subscription and other resources. Access can be requested at any Reference or Circulation desk.
    • (Computer labs, including those in Leavey, not included)
  • Use of library microform readers, scanners, and photocopiers
  • Paging of materials from Grand Library
  • Recalling materials checked out by other users
  • In-person reference assistance
  • Reading room access for rare books and archival materials

Please note the following:

  1. Remote access to USC Libraries' electronic databases, electronic journals, electronic books, and other research websites is for the exclusive use of all current USC students, faculty—including visiting and part-time—and staff.  Electronic resources are governed by license agreements, and the terms of use are set by the publishers and vendors from which they are subscribed. If you are a member of the USC Alumni Association, you can access the ProQuest Research Library through the Alumni Association site.
     
  2. Library privileges are not transferable to other individuals, and the library reserves the right to request secondary picture identification before allowing access to facilities or providing services.
     
  3. 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.

 

Library Privileges for USC Retired Faculty and Staff

Overview of Services

Retired USC faculty and staff who are Gold Card holders are entitled to the library privileges listed below. Please note that membership in the Emeriti Center does not automatically allow remote electronic access to subscription library resources. Due to licensing restrictions, such access is available only to those retired faculty with the Professor Emeritus designation. Please see the Faculty and Professors Emeritus tab for details.

For more information on the Gold Card, please contact the USC Emeriti Center.

Library accounts for retired faculty and staff include the following services based on availability:

  • Facility access for all USC Libraries locations
  • Borrowing of standard circulating material, up to 40 items at a time
  • Use of library information kiosk computers to connect to subscription and other resources. Access can be requested at any Reference or Circulation desk.
    • (Computer labs, including those in Leavey, are not included)
  • Use of library microform readers, scanners, and photocopiers
  • Paging of materials from Grand Library
  • Recalling materials checked out by other users
  • In-person reference assistance
  • Reading room access for rare books and archival materials

Important note: Remote access to USC Libraries' electronic databases, electronic journals, electronic books, and other research websites is for the exclusive use of all current USC students, faculty—including visiting and part-time—and staff. Electronic resources are governed by license agreements, and the terms of use are set by the publishers and vendors from which they are subscribed. Retirees who are members of the USC Alumni Association can access the ProQuest Research Library through the Alumni Association site.

Please note that library privileges are not transferable to other individuals, and the library reserves the right to request secondary picture identification before allowing access to facilities or providing services.

 

Library Privileges for Non-USC Users

Check Outs

Standard Loan Period for most Books

varies

4 Weeks


Overview of Services

Library accounts for current Friends of the Library, sponsored guests, visiting scholars, summer program participants, individual or corporate fee borrowers, and approved members of affiliated institutions include the following services based on availability:

  • Facility access for all USC Libraries locations
  • Borrowing of standard circulating material, up to 20 items at a time (5 for high school students, 125 for corporate fee borrowers, 200 for affiliated faculty and graduate students)
  • On-site access to USC subscriptions of online journals, books and databases (Remote access to USC Libraries' other electronic databases, electronic journals, electronic books, and other research websites is for the exclusive use of all current USC students, faculty—including visiting and part-time—and staff.  Electronic resources are governed by license agreements, and the terms of use are set by the publishers and vendors from which they are subscribed.) 
  • Use of library information guest computers (computer labs not included). Access can be requested at the Circulation desks in the Architecture and Fine Arts, Science and Engineering and Doheny Memorial Libraries only
  • Use of library microform readers, scanners, and photocopiers
  • Paging of materials from Grand Library
  • In-person reference assistance
  • Reading room access for rare books and archival materials

Please note the following:

  1. Remote access to USC Libraries' electronic databases, electronic journals, electronic books, and other research websites is for the exclusive use of all current USC students, faculty—including visiting and part-time—and staff.  Electronic resources are governed by license agreements, and the terms of use are set by the publishers and vendors from which they are subscribed.
     
  2. Library privileges are not transferable to other individuals, and the library reserves the right to request secondary picture identification before allowing access to facilities or providing services.
     
  3. 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.