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Gerontology Library

3715 McClintock Avenue, Rm. 116
University of Southern California,
University Park
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0192

Phone: (213) 740 5990
Campus map code: GER



The Gerontology Library, located in the Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center on USC's University Park campus, maintains a collection of research materials on the study of aging and the aged. There are approximately 20,000 books in the collection, half of them on-site. There are over 130 journal subscriptions (most of them now in electronic format), 300 newsletter titles, and over 1,000 videos as well as the access to a rich array of USC subscribed research resources available via the Electronic Resources webpage. The Gerontology Library is open to the public at large; however, preference is given to USC students during busy periods.


Books held by the Gerontology Library are primarily focused on the sociological, psychological and physical aspects of aging, searchable in HOMER. Subject areas related to gerontology are also collected by other libraries on campus, such as Doheny Memorial Library, VKC Library, Crocker Business and the Norris Medical Library.


Most of the gerontology-specific journals are now available online. Please refer to the Gerontology E-Resources page for search options, or browse online journals in Gerontology. Use the online catalog, HOMER, to locate journals in our print collection.


Newsletters are primary source of information in the aging network representing publications from senior citizens groups, advocacy organizations, special interests groups, gerontology centers and government agencies. These are available for "Room Use" only.


The library owns a comprehensive collection of videos and DVDs on aging-related issues to support the teaching and training functions of the gerontology program. Titles are searchable in HOMER. Videos and DVDs are circulated for three days to valid USC library card holders.

Theses & Dissertations

All USC dissertations and theses are housed in Grand Avenue Library & Book Depository and can be requested via HOMER. For more information on searching for USC dissertations in general, please see the guide Finding Dissertations. A digital library of dissertations and theses from USC is now available through Current Research@USC, where you can:

  1. Search citations and abstracts of dissertations and theses submitted by USC and published in UMI's Dissertation Abstracts database
  2. View 24-page previews of dissertations and theses published after 1996
  3. Download the full text of dissertations and theses published after 1996

The Gerontology Library maintains selective titles of dissertations and theses from the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. For a comprehensive view of theses and dissertations on aging completed at USC since 1965, consult the library publication Thirty Years in Gerontological Research (Z5055.U5L78 1998).

Special Collections

One of the strengths of the Gerontology Library is the extensive collection of historical resources covering the developmental era of gerontological studies from the 1950s to the 1970s.

Library Services

Circulation Policies

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updated December 3, 2012