Inside the USC Libraries: Grand Avenue Library

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Grand Avenue Library's book stacks

With its more than two million volumes filling its fifteen-foot shelves, USC's Grand Avenue Library houses an important collection of lesser-used print and other physical resources. The collection includes books and journals on nearly every academic discipline, as well as microfilm, LPs, audio cassettes, music scores, and government documents. 

The library is home to master's theses and doctoral dissertations written by USC graduate students, through 2006. (In that year, the USC Libraries began storing theses and dissertations in electronic form.) Grand Avenue Library is also unique in housing a large collection of items organized by the Dewey Decimal classification scheme instead of the Library of Congress system used for most USC Libraries materials.

The discoverability of library resources is one of the USC Libraries' priorities, and an ongoing inventory will ensure that researchers will be able to find all the available resources stored at the Grand Avenue Library. According to Serials Inventory Supervisor Eugene Skibinsky, once the inventory is complete thousands of previously unknown books and journals will be searchable through the HOMER catalog.

Much of the USC community may only know the library through its paging system, which every morning delivers requested items to Doheny Memorial Library or the Science & Engineering Library. The library does, however, welcome USC faculty, staff, students, and alumni to pick up their materials in person. Located in the 3434 Grand Avenue building (just east of the Parking Center), the library is open to USC-affiliated researchers from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by appointment. To visit, check in with the DPS officer at the building's front desk. (Photo ID is required.)

Grand Avenue Library offers a reading room equipped with microfilm readers, photocopiers and a record player. The library's book stacks are off-limits, but library staff members will retrieve any desired items for patrons. Visitors may also be interested in the striking photography that hang on the library's hallways. Reproductions of images from the USC Libraries' collections, the framed photos depict historical scenes in Southern California, including downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, and Pasadena.

Framed photography hangs in the library's hallways

Grand Avenue Library houses graduate theses and dissertations submitted through 2006.

Archival boxes in the Grand Avenue Library

Grand Avenue Library's book stacks

Entrance to the 3434 Grand Avenue building where the library is located

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