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Cinematic Arts Library

Doheny Memorial Library, G4
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0185
Phone: (213) 740 3994
MAP: DML (ground floor)

Archival Inquiries:
Phone: (213) 740 8383


The University of Southern California Cinematic Arts Library’s primary mission is to support the curriculum of the School of Cinematic Arts and to foster study and research. In addition to an extensive book collection, the library also holds many archives focusing on the history of the film industry and containing many rarely seen photographs, as well as scripts, scores and other artifacts.

The Cinematic Arts Library is committed to becoming a multimedia archive of materials ranging from the raw materials that go into the making of motion pictures, to the finished products themselves, and to all of the new technologies for preserving the moving image and presenting it to a new generation of filmgoers. The library promotes interdisciplinary teaching and collaborative projects such as digital imaging and archiving.

The Cinematic Arts Library is located on the ground floor of the Doheny Memorial Library on the University Park campus.


The Louis B. Mayer Film and Television Study Center

Billy Smith
(213) 740 6920

Established through a grant from The Louis B. Mayer Foundation, The Louis B. Mayer Study center offers a viewing collection of almost 13,000 motion picture and television titles in DVD, Laser disc, and VHS formats. Videos may be checked out by USC faculty for classroom screenings in all disciplines, or may be placed on course reserve in Leavey Library if not required for cinema and television classes.

The Study Center maintains 20 viewing stations open to Cinema and Theater majors, and to all students enrolled in the School of Cinematic Arts’s film and television courses or the Thornton School of Music’s film scoring classes. Other students may view films in the Leavey Library’s 24 hour DVD Center. All viewing within the Louis B. Mayer Study Center must be course-related in accordance with U.S. Copyright Law governing public exhibition.

Requests to view videos for individual course-related research may be made to Michael Renov, Associate Dean of the School of Cinematic Arts at For other special needs, contact Steve Hanson, Head Cinematic Arts Librarian at


The Louis B. Mayer Film and Television Center is located on the ground floor of USC's Doheny Memorial Library.


The David L. Wolper Center for the Study of the Documentary

Sandra Garcia-Myers, Director
(213) 740 8383

Sona Basmadjian, Curator
(213) 821 3094

The producer of some 800 collective works, David L. Wolper is a recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and an inductee to the Television Hall of Fame. Throughout his career, Mr. Wolper's television programs received more than 50 Emmy, 7 Golden Globe, and 5 Peabody Awards. His motion picture films garnered 20 Oscar nominations, and 3 awards.

David Wolper donated his personal archives to be housed in the David L. Wolper Center at the University of Southern California. This collection of memorabilia traces Wolper's career over the past half-century of entertainment and covers the process of filmmaking from the initial stages of development through distribution.


The David L. Wolper Center is located on the ground floor of USC's Doheny Memorial Library. Archival materials are available for viewing Monday through Friday, 10 AM-5 PM. Please contact director for an appointment.