3,000 volume "gateway" collection is housed in the Boeckmann
Center Reading Room. Included are general and special bibliographies,
handbooks, guides, dictionaries, directories, national bibliographies
and electronic formats. Electronic resources available include HAPI
On-line and CD-ROM Databases such as the MLA International Bibliography,
Fondo de Cultura Económica Database, Hispanam, LABD, and the
Chicano Database. Access to campus-wide USCInfo, electronic mail, and
Internet Resources for Iberian and Latin American Studies put the Center
and its patrons in touch with a wealth of information from all corners
of the globe. Students use the Boeckmann Center's collection as a point
of departure for their research.
By definition, this
non-circulating collection consists of special collection materials which,
because of their fragile and vulnerable nature and/or their intrinsic
and long-term research value, need special care in handling or preservation.
Among these are books, serials, pamphlets, manuscripts, ephemera, videos,
films and other non-book materials, of which many are primary source materials
dating from the 17th through the 19th centuries, along with some selective
20th century items.