A Message from Catherine Quinlan, Dean of the USC Libraries
USC Libraries Student Emergency Support Fund
Hello, and thank you for checking in with your Trojan libraries. I hope you are safe at home and taking good care of yourselves and your loved ones. This is a disconcerting and anxious time, particularly for our students, who didn’t expect to finish the semester away from campus, their classmates, and their friends. While our library buildings are closed, the USC Libraries are more committed than ever to helping our students thrive. That’s what we always do at the libraries, in countless ways.
Our library faculty and staff are as busy—or busier—than ever. Requests by students for online librarian assistance with research topics and source materials have increased significantly, and our librarians have developed ways to teach using rare books and manuscripts online. Interlibrary loan has increased, too , with students and faculty requesting shipment of physical materials from our collections. And as medical researchers rush to understand the virus and develop a vaccine, demand has increased for medical journals.
We’ve heard from our community that they also miss the sense of connection that comes with studying in our beautiful libraries and talking with our helpful faculty and staff. We have students calling our library help line just to hear a friendly voice. Some even miss the all-nighters in Leavey Library that would be ever-more frequent in this finals season. We miss them, too, and we are eager to welcome everyone back as soon as we can.
Until then, if you are able, please consider making a gift to the USC Libraries Student Emergency Support Fund. Not every student has a working laptop. Not every student has a reliable internet connection. And not every student has what they need simply to manage the challenges of learning while living away from campus, their friends, and in some cases, their families.
Your gift to the Libraries Student Emergency Support Fund will support the purchase of additional laptops for lending to students who need them —including library student workers and students in our library degree program—helping them to succeed through this tough moment.
We don’t know yet what the summer and fall will bring, but with your help, we’ll be better able to prepare for an uncertain future. Thank you for your support of the USC Libraries—and the students who depend on us. I hope that you and your families remain healthy and safe. Thank you, take care, and stay well.
The University’s COVID-19 Response
In addition, USC has established four funds in response to the COVID-19 crisis to help support all areas of the Trojan community. These funds include the USC Student Basic Needs Fund, Keck Medicine of USC COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, USC Community Outreach Fund, and USC Employee Support Fund.