Architecture & Fine Arts Library

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AFA Interior Reading Space

Library Hours

  • Architecture & Fine Arts Library
  • Thu Feb 29
    9am to 10pm
  • Fri Mar 01
    9am to 5pm
  • Sat Mar 02
    Closed
  • Sun Mar 03
    noon to 6pm
  • Mon Mar 04
    9am to 10pm
  • Tue Mar 05
    9am to 10pm
  • Wed Mar 06
    9am to 10pm
  • Thu Mar 07
    9am to 10pm
  • Fri Mar 08
    9am to 5pm
  • Sat Mar 09
    Closed
  • Sun Mar 10
    Closed
  • Mon Mar 11
    noon to 4pm
  • Tue Mar 12
    noon to 4pm
  • Wed Mar 13
    noon to 4pm
  • Thu Mar 14
    noon to 4pm
  • Fri Mar 15
    noon to 4pm
  • Sat Mar 16
    Closed
  • Sun Mar 17
    Closed
  • Mon Mar 18
    9am to 10pm
  • Tue Mar 19
    9am to 10pm
  • Wed Mar 20
    9am to 10pm
  • Thu Mar 21
    9am to 10pm
  • Fri Mar 22
    9am to 5pm
  • Sat Mar 23
    Closed
  • Sun Mar 24
    noon to 6pm
  • Mon Mar 25
    9am to 10pm
  • Tue Mar 26
    9am to 10pm
  • Wed Mar 27
    9am to 10pm
  • Thu Mar 28
    9am to 10pm
  • Fri Mar 29
    9am to 5pm
  • Sat Mar 30
    Closed
  • Sun Mar 31
    noon to 6pm
  • Mon Apr 01
    9am to 10pm
  • Tue Apr 02
    9am to 10pm
  • Wed Apr 03
    9am to 10pm
  • Thu Apr 04
    9am to 10pm
  • Fri Apr 05
    9am to 5pm
  • Sat Apr 06
    Closed
  • Sun Apr 07
  • Mon Apr 08
  • Tue Apr 09
  • Wed Apr 10
  • Thu Apr 11
  • Fri Apr 12
  • Sat Apr 13
  • Sun Apr 14
  • Mon Apr 15
  • Tue Apr 16
  • Wed Apr 17
  • Thu Apr 18
  • Fri Apr 19
  • Sat Apr 20
  • Sun Apr 21
  • Mon Apr 22
  • Tue Apr 23
  • Wed Apr 24
  • Thu Apr 25
  • Fri Apr 26
  • Sat Apr 27
  • Sun Apr 28
  • Mon Apr 29
  • Tue Apr 30
  • Wed May 01
  • Thu May 02
  • Fri May 03
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  • Thu May 09

Location
Watt Hall
850 Bloom Walk, B-4
University Park Campus
Los Angeles CA 90089-0294

Head of the Library: Shannon Robinson

Library Supervisor: Antonio 'Tony" Gonzalez

Campus map code: WAH

  • AFA Circulation Desk Phone: (213) 740-1956
  • General Library Email: afa@usc.edu
  • Research help in architecture, art history, & fine arts: Shannon Robinson
    • Primarily for use by USC students, faculty, and staff.
    • Non-USC researchers are welcome to use the AFA library; please email us your research question prior to your arrival: afa@usc.edu

About this library

The Architecture & Fine Arts (AFA) Library is located on the ground floor (basement) of Watt Hall (WAH). Watt Hall's entry doors face the courtyard. Go in and take any stairwell or elevator down to reach the ground floor.

AFA Library hours are listed on the USC Libraries hours site. Holiday hours vary. Special Collections/Cage/Rare materials are accessible Mondays-Fridays 9am-5pm. 

Please note that during the academic year the building is open Monday-Friday, 7am-7pm. At all other hours the building is accessible through USC card swipe only.

All library services stop 15 minutes before closing, and all patrons are asked to leave before closing time.

Information for researchers not affiliated with USC

The AFA Library is a resource funded primarily for use by USC students, faculty, and staff. Non-USC researchers are welcome to use the AFA library during designated hours. Non-USC users must adhere to the following:

  • The library is open to non-USC users during the academic year Mondays-Fridays, 9am-7pm, and in the summers during posted hours;
  • There is no access to computers or flatbed scanners in the AFA library for those not affiliated with USC; no exceptions;
  • The Doheny Memorial Library is the place to inquire about getting a library card, as described under the "Non-USC" user tab on the lending policies page;
  • Materials from the Circulation Desk and VHS/DVDs are not accessible without a USC library card; no exceptions;
  • Materials from the Cage and archival materials are available Monday-Friday 9am-5pm in the Rare Books Reading Room only;
  • Please email us prior to your arrival so that we can confirm that the research materials that you need are available for your use: afa@usc.edu 

Overview and Collection Use Policies

The Architecture & Fine Arts Library (AFA) is located in a modernist setting designed by Becket Associates and Graeme Morland, a faculty member at the School of Architecture, on the ground floor of Watt Hall. It houses more than 75,000 volumes of books and journals dedicated to the studies of art history, fine arts, and architecture, as well as a notable collection of rare titles and artists' books. In addition, the AFA Library has a growing collection of videos and dvds in the arts and design fields. The AFA Library's collection can be searched through the USC Libraries catalog. The library also has several architectural and public-art archival collections. It is part of the USC Libraries system, and adheres to the USC Libraries policies on access and borrowing privileges.

For policies on using the AFA Library and its collections, go to its Policies page.