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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Where are the books?

If a record for a book in the HOMER library catalog says "bookstacks," and it is not checked out to someone else, it will be on the 3rd floor of the S&E Library. If the record says "reference," it will be on the first floor, and may only be used in the Library.

Can I check out a bound journal?

Graduate students and faculty can check out bound journals for three hours. Bound journals paged from the Grand Library can be checked out for twenty-four hours.

What methods of payment can I use for the photocopiers?

The photocopiers accept USC Libraries Print & Copy Card or USC discretionary cards. The S&E Library has a vending machine for the purchase of copy cards.

I can't find a journal in the stacks. What do I do?

Please ask for help at the circulation desk. A staff member will assist you in locating the journal.

What are your reference hours?

The reference desk hours.

What can I do if I need an item today, but it's stored off-campus and won't be delivered to campus until tomorrow?

You can visit the Grand Avenue Library where you can browse the collection or check out an item. Public Access hours are from 10am - 2pm, Monday-Friday, or by appointment. The Grand Avenue Library is located on the second floor of the Carol Little Building (CAL), 3 blocks east of campus, at Jefferson Blvd. and Grand Avenue. Parking is available next to the building, or take the tram from campus to the Parking Center across the street.

How do I get to USC-owned journals on the web?

Go to the electronic resources Web page.

Updated Aug. 2008