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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 140 periodical subscriptions (most of them now in electronic format), including many newsletter titles, and over 1,000 videos as well as the access to a rich array of USC subscribed research resources. The Gerontology Library is open to the public at large; however, preference is given to USC students during busy periods.

Library Services


Books held by the Gerontology Library are primarily focused on the sociological, psychological, biological, 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.

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.

Circulation Policies

Finding the Library

Driving: Once you get to the USC campus, turn into Gate #6 at 36th Place and Vermont. The guard at the gate will direct you to parking and the Gerontology building, which is next door to the parking structure. Parking is payable at the gate and is good for the entire day.


updated September 29, 2014