3715 McClintock Avenue, Rm. 116
University of Southern California,
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.
- Group Study Room. Submit your request online to reserve the Group Study Room in Gerontology Library.
- Reserve Readings for gerontology courses are held at the front desk. To request a reserve item, look up your instructor's course name in the reserve binder on the front desk or in the Homer Reserve Desk.
- The Gerontology Research Guide provides help in using the library's resources and finding information.
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.
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.
USC Living History Collection. A video collection of interviews with retired faculty and staff members of USC who have made a significant contribution to the evolution of the university. Living History videos may circulate to USC library card holders.
- The Andrus Gerontology Center Publications. Library maintains a collection and an inventory list of publications produced by the Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center since 1964.
- Most books in the regular stacks circulate for four weeks for undergraduates and staff, and for a semester for graduate students and faculty.
- Materials on reserve, either for a course or on permanent reserve may only be checked out for one of the following periods: two hours; three hours; one day; three days.
- Videos and journals that are identified as being held in the basement must be paged by a library staff member and may be checked out as designated.
- Bound journals may circulate outside the library for two hours.
- Videos and DVDs may circulate for three days.
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.
- On campus: The Gerontology Library is inside the Gerontology building, located at the corner of 37th and McClintock. Walking west on Bloom Walk, you will end at the Gertonology building.
- When you enter the front door, turn right, go to the end of the hall, and you will see the library on your left.
updated September 29, 2014