The University of Southern California Cinematic Arts Library’s primary mission is to support the curriculum of the School of Cinematic Arts and to foster study and research in motion pictures, television and interactive media. In addition to an extensive book collection, the library also holds many archives focusing on the history of the film industry and containing many rarely seen photographs, as well as scripts, scores and other artifacts.
The Cinematic Arts Library is committed to becoming a multimedia archive of materials ranging from the raw materials that go into the making of motion pictures, to the finished products themselves, and to all of the new technologies for preserving the moving image and presenting it to a new generation of filmgoers. The library promotes interdisciplinary teaching and collaborative projects such as digital imaging and archiving.
A more detailed history of the Cinematic Arts Library can be found here.
The Cinematic Arts Library is located on the ground floor of the Doheny Memorial Library on the University Park campus.
The Louis B. Mayer Film and Television Study Center
Established through a grant from The Louis B. Mayer Foundation, The Louis B. Mayer Study center offers a viewing collection of almost 13,000 motion picture and television titles in DVD, Laser disc, and VHS formats. Videos may be checked out by USC faculty for classroom screenings in all disciplines, or may be placed on course reserve in Leavey Library if not required for cinema and television classes.
The Study Center maintains 20 viewing stations open to Cinema and Theater majors, and to all students enrolled in the School of Cinematic Arts’s film and television courses or the Thornton School of Music’s film scoring classes. Other students may view films in the Leavey Library’s 24 hour DVD Center. All viewing within the Louis B. Mayer Study Center must be course-related in accordance with U.S. Copyright Law governing public exhibition.
Requests to view videos for individual course-related research may be made to Michael Renov, Associate Dean of the School of Cinematic Arts at firstname.lastname@example.org. For other special needs, contact Steve Hanson, Head Cinematic Arts Librarian at email@example.com.
For more information, please read the Video Policy document located to the left of your screen.
The Louis B. Mayer Film and Television Center is located in the Cinematic Arts Library on the ground floor of USC's Doheny Memorial Library.
Senior Library Assistant
Curator, David L. Wolper Collection