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 https://libraries.usc.edu/locations/cinematic-arts-library
The Cinematic Arts Library is located on the ground floor of the Doheny Library https://libraries.usc.edu/locations/doheny-memorial-library on the University Park campus.
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 on DVD, LaserDisc, and VHS formats. The Louis B. Mayer Study Center also houses the Games Research Collection, with over 500 games (new and vintage), game stations,and books in support of the Interactive Media Division. Videos may be checked out by USC faculty for classroom screenings or watched in-house by students in all disciplines. With the exception of cartridge games, all games can be checked-out or played in-house by students of disciplines.
The Study Center maintains 7 game stations and 20 viewing stations open to all students with a legitimate study or research purpose. For recreational use, students can check-out films from 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.
For other special needs, contact Steve Hanson, Head Cinematic Arts Librarian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Director of Arts and Humanities, Division of the USC Libraries
Head, Cinematic Arts Library & Archives