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USC Libraries -Preservation of Knowledge

USC Libraries

USC Libraries -Preservation of Knowledge

Actively Supporting the Discovery, Creation and Preservation of Knowledge for all USC Students, Faculty and Researchers

USC Libraries truly is the heart of the university – acquiring rare collections, producing thought-provoking exhibits, developing collections, providing services and digital resources that support the academic endeavors of faculty, students, and researchers across the university. 

The USC Libraries includes 23 separate academic libraries and information centers, as well as the USC Digital Library.  USC Libraries holds nearly 4.5 million titles and logs about 3 million visits annually.  

A critical university resource that is so much more than just books on a shelf, USC Libraries provides access to information and ideas in a way that builds a community of critical consumers of information and helps develop engaged world citizens.

USC Libraries’ laptop rental program allows USC students to check-out laptop computers – stocked with the latest software - at no cost.

USC Libraries offers tutorials and workshops in Information Literacy, implemented with faculty from the academic units, which help students learn to efficiently locate, accurately evaluate, effectively use, and clearly communicate information in various formats.

  • The USC Digital Library offers digital images of drawings, illuminated manuscripts, maps, photographs, posters, prints, rare illustrated books, as well as audio and video recordings. The USC Libraries currently provides nearly 2 million electronic books and journals , and that number is growing.
  • USC Libraries offers an online Master of Management in Library and Information Science degree (MMLIS). Developed by the USC Libraries in partnership with the USC Marshall School of Business, it is one of the first programs in Library and Information Science in the United States to be affiliated with a major business school.

  • USC Libraries partnered with KCET to produce the television series Lost L.A. USC Libraries’ Dean Quinlan and her staff won Emmy Awards in 2018 for an episode that explored the historical reality of segregated Los Angeles through archived editions of “The Negro Motorist Green Book.”
  • The Scripter Awards is an honor bestowed annually by the USC Libraries Board of Councilors in recognition of the best adaptation of the printed word into film. This unique award honors the literary artistry and collaborative process of turning a book into a screenplay and ultimately into a film.
  • The ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries is the largest repository of LGBTQ history materials in the world. The ONE Archives is dedicated to promoting this important resource through diverse activities including educational initiatives, fundraising, and range of public programs.
  • USC Libraries’ Special Collections Department oversees the university's rare collections. The first gift of rare books to the USC Libraries dates to 1911 making USC the earliest institutional collection of rare books in Los Angeles. Gifts have continued to be received steadily over the years. Special Collections contains more than 200,000 volumes, more than 1000 archival collections, and more than 2 million photographs. 

Support USC Libraries:

A gift today to support the USC Libraries’ General Fund allows us to launch new programming, acquire valuable new collections, digitize and preserve the Libraries’ valuable existing resources – all of which directly impacts the quality of resources available to all USC students, faculty and researchers, and supports academic excellence throughout the entire university.

Giving to the USC Libraries means that you are supporting every student, faulty and researcher at USC.

Thank you for your support of USC Libraries and the USC community.  Fight On!