The Von KleinSmid Center
University of Southern California
3518 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0048
Campus map code: VKC
The Von KleinSmid Center Library for International and Public Affairs (VKC Library) is an interdisciplinary, graduate-level learning center that supports the current and anticipated research needs of students, faculty, staff, and alumni in political science, international relations, public administration, spatial science, public diplomacy, and urban and regional planning. The Library contains approximately 200,000 books, subscribes to more than 450 journals and other serial publications, and provides electronic access to a variety of scholarly resources. It also manages and provides access to a depository collection of U.S. federal government documents, a substantial collection of international documents, and serves as the regional depository in Southern California for all publications and digital resources of the European Union.
The Von KleinSmid Center Library's mission is to provide excellent service and maintain collections that promote a diversity of worldviews and the free exchange of ideas guided by the principles of Article 19 in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
We invite anyone to visit our library and utilize its resources and services. The VKC Library is located on the northeast corner of campus (see interactive map and directions to the campus). If you are driving to campus, the closest access to the VKC Library is Entrance #3 [213-740-3848], located at the intersection of West 35th Street and Figueroa Street. The entrance is open 24 hours a day. Public parking in Parking Structure X is available for $10.00 Monday through Friday. Note that parking availability may change due to special events. For more information about parking on campus, visit the USC Transportation web site.
If you are taking the Expo Light Rail Line to campus, get off at the Expo Park/USC station located in the median of Exposition Avenue at Trousdale Parkway. Walk towards campus along Trousdale Parkway until you reach the Von KleinSmid Center building on your right.
The Library is located in the basement of the VKC building and can be reached by using the northeast corner stairwell or the elevator. Entrances into the building and to the Library are wheelchair accessible with automated door openers.
Carrels and Study Spaces
The VKC Library has more than 200 reader seats to accommodate a wide range of study preferences, including both small and large group study tables as well as individual study carrels located throughout the book stacks and along the atrium. Users have access to wireless network connectivity throughout all public spaces of the library as well as in the lobby as you enter. In addition, reconfigurable tables and chairs are available in the northwest corner of the library to support collaborative research and project-based group work.
Faculty within the VKC Library actively select print materials and online resources based on the current and anticipated research and curricular needs of the disciplines we serve. In addition, we also rely on recommendations from faculty and students to help build our collections. Requests to purchase books and DVDs, subscribe to new journals, or obtain access to electronic resources can be done online using the USC Libraries' Recommend-A-Book service. The VKC Library abides by all policies of the USC Libraries regarding borrowing privileges for students, faculty, staff, visiting scholars, alumni, and non-USC borrowers.
Note: Faculty requesting materials for course reserves should use the ARES online request system. If you are logging into ARES for the first time you must contact the USC Libraries' Integrated Document Delivery office at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 213-740-4020 to have access privileges set to the 'Instructor' level.
During the academic year, library faculty are available for in-person research consultation at the VKC Library reference desk from 1:00pm - 4:00pm Monday - Thursday or anytime by appointment. You can email any of the following faculty in the VKC Library to schedule an appointment: Robert V. Labaree, Sherry Mosley, Katharin Peter. Use the Ask-A-Librarian service for general telephone, email, and live, 24/7 chat reference assistance and to find information about reference services available at other libraries on campus.
Library faculty offer specialized tours of the VKC Library to anyone interested in learning more about our resources and services. In addition, we provide course-related research methods instruction in our Multimedia Room for graduate and undergraduate students in political science, international relations, public administration, and urban planning. To request an instruction session, use the online Request-A-Class service or contact any of the following faculty in the VKC Library: Robert V. Labaree, Sherry Mosley, Katharin Peter.
Giving to the VKC Library
We welcome and greatly appreciate donations to the Von KleinSmid Center Library, including books, DVDs, and complete runs of journals not already held in our collection. Gifts are accepted with the understanding that the USC Libraries makes all necessary decisions about their retention, location, and cataloging treatment. Receipt of a gift does not obligate the USC Libraries to accept it for the collection. However, in cases when it is necessary to decline a gift, alternative libraries will be suggested whenever possible. To inquire about giving to the VKC Library, contact the Head of the Library, Dr. Robert V. Labaree. Further information about donations to the USC Libraries can be found here.