Architecture and Fine Arts Library

AFA Overview of Stacks
AFA Interior Reading Space

Library Hours

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

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

Campus map code: WAH

  • AFA Circulation Desk Phone: (213) 740-1956
  • General Email: afa@usc.edu
  • AFA Research Help (architecture, art history, & fine arts): stacyw@usc.edu
    • 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: stacyw@usc.edu

About this library

The Architecture and 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;
  • To use the photocopier, please purchase a copy card at Doheny Memorial Library;
  • 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-4pm 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: stacyw@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.