New Electrical Outlets, Study Spaces in Doheny and VKC Libraries
Students returning to USC's Doheny and VKC libraries this fall semester will find 49 new electrical outlets for charging laptops and other portable electronic devices.
Throughout the summer, the USC Libraries have been upgrading key study spaces in the two libraries to better serve the learning needs of USC students. In Doheny Library, the Los Angeles Times Reference Room will now offer 25 new electrical outlets. Twelve will be available in the Periodicals Reading Room. In VKC Library's east wing, 12 new outlets were added near the study carrels. And beginning in September, the library's west wing will feature a renovated study area with three group study tables equipped with video screens.
Additional outlets were a popular suggestion on the USC Libraries' Essential Ideas website, and the upgrades reflect the USC Libraries's commitment, as outlined in The Essential Library 2011-2013 strategic plan, to "identify and review selected library facilities and develop proposals for improving the use of space to serve our community more effectively."
In addition, both libraries--as well as the Science & Engineering Library--are extending their Friday evening hours beginning later this month. All three libraries will remain open until 8:00 p.m. on Friday. Leavey Library continues to serve the USC community 24 hours a day during the week, closing only from 12:00 midnight to 9:00 a.m. early Sunday morning.