Finding Books at USC
The Crocker Business Library has a small circulating collection of popular business books, a non-circulating collection of reference books, plus course reserve books, all of which are indexed in HOMER. Larger collections on business topics are housed in Doheny Memorial Library and the Grand Depository, a storage facility that has limited access to USC patrons. Books on accounting topics are located in the Accounting Library (ACC 105).
You can use the following resources to find books on these and other subjects:
- HOMER: USC's online catalog. HOMER has information on books, journals, government documents, USC theses and dissertations and other materials in the University Park Campus libraries.
- NetLibrary is a collection of electronic books. NetLibrary provides access to two collections:
- A custom collection of copyrighted titles that have been selected especially for USC. Access to the custom collection is restricted to USC students, faculty, and staff. This collection can only be viewed from a USC-networked computer.
- A public collection of titles whose copyrights have expired. Access to the public collection is unrestricted. These titles are not listed in HOMER and must be accessed directly from NetLibrary.
Google Books is a non-subscription service containing full-text content of many books on a wide variety of topics.
Requesting Books from Storage
Books and periodicals that are located in the Grand Depository can be checked out but you must place a request for these materials. To place a request:
- When you find a book in HOMER that lists its location as Grand Depository, click the "Page This Item" link next to its call number.
- This will open up an "Obtain Materials From Off-Site Location" screen. Fill out the request form for the item that you need with all the pertinent information. You need a current library barcode to place the request.
- You will be notified by email when your item is available for pickup at Doheny Library. These requests are typically processed within 24 hours.
Other USC Libraries
The USC Law and Health Sciences libraries have their own catalogs. Consider using these if your topic is related to law or medicine.
Other Local Libraries
USC students can borrow books at no charge from the Cal State Los Angeles Library. They are also eligible for library cards at the City of Los Angeles Public Library and the County of Los Angeles Public Library. USC students may use the UCLA Libraries but must buy a guest borrower's card to be able to borrow books. All of these libraries have online catalogs:
- California State University at Los Angeles Library
- County of Los Angeles Public Library
- Los Angeles Public Library
- UCLA Library
- MELVYL consecutively searches all libraries within the University of California system.
- WorldCat is a cooperative catalog of libraries worldwide. Use it to find books in other area libraries and beyond. WorldCat may not have the most up-to-date information, however, so be sure to contact other libraries first.
USC students, faculty and staff may request books that are not owned by USC through our interlibrary loan service. Not all materials will be available and the length of time it takes to fulfill requests can vary. Requests can be made online. You need a current library barcode and can not have overdue books or fines.
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