Primary Source Literacy at USC Libraries & Beyond

How to Request a Rare Book for Consultation in the Special Collections Reading Room

You probably have used the USC Libraries catalog to search for books, but do you know how to search for books located in Special Collections? The following video will walk you through the process of searching for books held in Special Collections, and how to request them for consultation in the reading room.

During the Covid19 pandemic, special rules apply and access to physical materials in Special Collections may be restricted - make sure to check the most current information on our website.

Search the USC Library Catalog for a book on a topic of your choice and check if we have any books on that topic in Special Collections.
Click the request button to get to the request form.
Don't click submit UNLESS you really want to come and consult the book - which obviously, you are more than welcome to do!

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