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Leavey Library

Contact Information

Administration (213) 740 0049
Circulation (213) 740 4350
Information Commons (213) 740 7988
Reference Consultations (213) 740 6938
Customer Support (213) 740 5555


Information Commons at Leavey Library

Computing Facilities

Computers in the Information Commons, located on the second floor, are for the use of USC faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students only. Computers require a USC login and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No game playing is allowed. Any computer left unattended for more than 10 minutes will be given to the next person in line.

The Information Commons has 70 PC computers and 40 study carrels with network connections for laptop computers. All computers in have USB ports and CD/DVD drives. Listings of software installed in Information Technology Services computing centers and the Information Commons: Macintosh  PCs


Leavey Library provides printing options from all library research terminals and Information Commons computers. For more details about printing in Leavey please see our Technology page.

Research and Computing Consultation

Leavey librarians, staff and student navigation assistants (SNAs) are available to assist patrons with research using a combination of print, electronic and Internet resources. They can also assist with computing questions regarding productivity software and E-mail.

Simple reference questions can be answered by phone at (213) 740 7988 (Leavey Reference Desk). For chat or E-mail reference go to Ask-A-Librarian. If you have in-depth computing questions, please call the Customer Support Center at (213) 740 5555.

Reference librarian hours for the fall and spring are 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Friday.. Student navigation assistants are available whenever the library is open to assist with research and computing questions.

The ITS Customer Support Center walk-in area is located in Leavey Library's Lower Level. Services such as account assistance, software support, and statistical software distribution are available here between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, please see the CSC site:

Reference Collection

Due to remodeling, the Leavey Reference Collection is temporarily unavailable to the public. If you need a book from that collection, please contact Christal Young ( to arrange access.

Collaborative Workrooms

The Information Commons has 14 Collaborative Workrooms, designed for three to four people. All workrooms provide a PC, white board, dry erase markers and network connections for laptops. Reservations may be made in advance at Reservations are no longer made in person and are not taken over the phone. Save your confirmed booking e-mail as you may need to show this e-mail to confirm your permission to use the room.

Other important information on reserving and using the workrooms is on the Collaborative Workroom Policies page.

Writing Consultation

In cooperation with the Writing Center, writing consultants are available Monday through Thursday from 7-9 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters.

Adaptive Technologies Room

Leavey Library and the Center for Academic Support and Disability Services and Programs work together to provide users with disabilities equal access to computing resources through a variety of adaptive technologies. For more information on the available technologies and on the training program for their use, please contact the Academic Support and Disability Services and Programs Office at (213) 740 0776.