Gerontology *: For Faculty

Available electronic collections, books and journals

ILLiad and IDD

ILLiad is USC's electronic system for requesting materials owned by other libraries through the global interlibrary loan network. The name ILLiad can be thought of as an acronym for Inter Library Loan internet accessible database. This system also manages our Integrated Document Delivery (IDD) service, which currently delivers electronic copies of articles and other documents to faculty and distance users.

Collection Development

The libraries do not purchase textbooks, how-to manuals, best-sellers or materials not relevant to academic programs at USC.

Instructional Services

Library Instruction

Librarians guide students in learning to locate and use print and electronic information resources. These course-based sessions are customized to fit general course content or specific assignments or projects. Faculty and instructors may request library instruction sessions for their classes by using the online Request-A-Class form. For more information, visit: Instructional Services.

Services for Faculty Library Users

New and current faculty members are invited to meet with the Librarian subject specialist(s) in their respective subject area(s) for personal consultations regarding the USC Libraries’ resources and services. Librarians can also assist teaching faculty in developing research activities and course assignments that support the development of students’ information literacy skills. Please see the list of Subject Librarians for contact information.

Library Workshops for Graduate Students

By request, Librarian subject specialists are available to meet with graduate students in a particular department or program to provide orientation to USC library resources and services. Please use the Request-A-Class form to schedule a workshop.

New Student Orientation

New student orientations to the USC Libraries occur at the beginning of each semester and select summer events. Look for announcements on the Libraries web page.


Library accounts are automatically created for all currently enrolled students and employed faculty and staff. Accounts for new borrowers will be activated usually within one business day after the creation of their USC ID, which serves as the library access and borrowing card. A 14-digit Library barcode is printed on the front of your USCard, which consists of your 10-digit USC ID + a 4-digit security code printed on the back of the card (some accounts may receive a library-issued barcode). Privileges are valid for one semester, but will be extended automatically if students continue to enroll, and if faculty and staff continue to be employed.

Locations & Hours

Electronic Reserves

Plagiarism and Academic Integrity

Journal Impact Factors

Library Information

We offer significant collections of print and electronic resources, special collections with rare holdings in a variety of academic disciplines, subject librarians to assist with research and teaching, instructional sessions about library resources and research skills, and reference services at eight library locations and via e-mail and 24/7 IM chat.

Library accounts for current USC students and faculty include the following services:

  • Access to library computer labs with productivity software
  • Use of library microform readers, scanners, and photocopiers
  • Remote and on-site access to USC subscriptions of online journals, books and databases
  • Use of library information kiosk computers
  • Paging materials from Grand Library
  • Recalling materials checked out by other users
  • Interlibrary loan (Illiad)
  • Electronic document delivery (IDD)
  • Room reservations for collaborative work rooms, conference rooms, learning rooms, and auditoria
  • Reading room access for rare books and archival materials
  • Admission to library-hosted events and exhibitions
  • Access to affiliated institutions

In addition, library accounts for current USC faculty include the following services:

  • Facility access for all USC Libraries locations
  • Borrowing of up to 200 standard circulating material items at a time
  • Electronic and print course reserve services (ARES and Blackboard)
  • Group instruction sessions led by a librarians
  • Proxy borrowing accounts

Please note that Library privileges are not transferable to other individuals, and the Library reserves the right to request secondary picture identification before allowing access to facilities or providing services.