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Multimedia Commons

Multimedia Commons at Leavey Library

The Multimedia Commons, located at the west end of Leavey’s first floor, was developed to provide the necessary equipment and software for working with graphics, audio, and video projects.

Computer hardware

Six (6) Dell OptiPlex 960 PC computers, each with 3 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 3.25 Gb RAM, 60 Gb hard drive and 24" wide screen flat panel monitor. The computers include DVD Burners, camera card readers (SmartMedia, SD, xD, CompactFlash, Memory Stick, etc), USB and Firewire ports. Attached to each computer is a flatbed scanner for scanning documents up to 8.5" x 11.7"

Six (6) iMac computers, each with 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 1 Gb RAM and 116 Gb hard drive. The computers include DVD Burners, USB and Firewire ports.

Two (2) ScanPro microfilm/microfische scanning stations with the ability to print to the Leavey printers.

The computers are provided with the multimedia productivity software also available on Leavey’s Information Commons computers:

PCs: Adobe Photoshop Extended, InDesign, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash Pro, Acrobat Professional

iMacs: Adobe Photoshop Extended, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash Pro, as well as Apple iPhoto, iDVD, iMovie and Garageband

For help using the hardware or software, please see Technology Tutorials  or the Multimedia Commons desk (213) 740 7730.


These accessories are available for check out at the circulation desk.

Our regular headphones will work with the computers.

WACOM9"x12" Pen-tablets - these provide greater control of the cursor when working with graphics or retouching photos.

Film trays for the scanner which allow scanning of 35mm, 6x4.5, and 4x5 film.


Computers are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Any USC faculty, staff, or student with a current USC user name may use the equipment.

Two computers, one PC and one Mac, have been designated “dedicated scanning stations” ensuring access for patrons  ready to scan.