USC Library Cards

A current, valid USC library card is required to check out library material. Your University picture ID is your library card and must be presented when charging out material and when placing/picking up holds. There are no exceptions to this policy. You will be issued a library barcode at the Wilson Dental Library upon presentation of a paid University fee bill and a current, picture University ID. Library cards are valid in the Health Sciences Libraries (Norris Medical Library and Wilson Dental Library) and are good for the length of the academic program (2 or 4 years). Application for library privileges in the University libraries must be done separately at Leavey Library, Doheny Library, or at any of the other University libraries.

To apply for a card, please complete the online application.

Your library card is for your use only and may not be used by anyone else. Friends, relatives, classmates, etc., cannot use your library card to charge material out of the library for you. The Dental Library staff will not loan out material on your card to anyone other than to you — even if you have given the person your permission to do so. There are no exceptions.

It is your responsibility to know when materials are due to be returned. You are responsible for all material charged out on your card including lost material and fines for overdue material or late returns. If your library card is lost or stolen, notify the staff at the Loan Desk immediately so that a “stop” can be placed on your card to prevent its illegal use. There is a $5 non-refundable replacement fee for lost/stolen library cards. It is your responsibility to report changes of name, mailing address, or phone number to the  library staff in order to update your patron record.

All circulation records and files, including all patron and loan information, are confidential and will not be disclosed to any person without University approval.


BOOKS. Most books on the open stacks circulate for four weeks and may be renewed if they are not wanted by another user or the library. If this material is not overdue and it has not been requested for another user, imay be renewed by phone (213-740-0008). If this material is overdue, it must be renewed in person. (Overnight RESERVE material may not be renewed by phone.)

RESERVES & ELECTRONIC RESERVES. Most titles listed on the student issue are available in the Wilson Dental Library as RESERVE items. Some RESERVE material is for library use only — this includes most audiovisual material including CD-ROM titles. Textbooks and some test files are usually on a 2-hour loan during the day and may be charged out of the library for overnight use only after 4:00 P.M. There are no exceptions. Filmstrip boxed sets may be taken out for overnight use after 12 noon. All overnight loans must be returned to the Wilson Dental Library before 10:00 A.M. the next day. (See “Fines” section for information about overdue Reserves.) For most textbooks and other printed material on the student’s issue, the Wilson Dental Library maintains from 3 to 4 copies on Reserve. Copy 1 of this material is always library use and does not circulate overnight under any circumstances. Some Reserve material is on 1 or 7 day loan and may be charged out of the Wilson Dental Library at any time. Reserve material is not renewable by phone and must be returned to the Wilson Dental Library on or before the due date and time. See RESERVE HOLDS section for information. Most reading assignments and selected chapters from textbooks are available full-text via Ostrow’s intranet Electronic Reserves. Some of this material has restricted access and can only be viewed from the Wilson Dental Library or Learning Center via the library’s networked personal computers.

BOUND AND CURRENT JOURNALS. Bound and current issues of journals are restricted to library use only. Selected dental and medical journals are also available online as full-text titles via the library’s Electronic Resources on the web (see

REFERENCE MATERIAL. Reference material such as indexes, dictionaries, etc., is restricted to library use only. Selected dental and medical reference titles are also available as full-text titles via the library’s Electronic Resources on the web.

Computers are available in the Wilson Dental Library and the Computer Learning Center. All computers have access to word processing programs (Microsoft Word). Users may use their own disks or the PC’s hard disk. Laser printing (B&W and color) is available at a nominal per-page fee (print debit cards may be purchased in the photocopy area). “Wireless printing” from your laptop is available; please consult with a staff member for instructions on setting up wireless printing. Computers in the Wilson Dental Library and the Computer Learning Center provide access to the Dental School’s instructional programs, library information, catalog, and electronic resources including full-text journals and Ovid/Medline, University’s database information system, e-mail, and Internet connections including the World Wide Web. Scanners are available at each of the ten PCs in the Virtual Reference area; guides are available instructing the user on scanning material; staff can also provide assistance.

Wilson Dental Library book holdings are accessible through HELIX, the Health Sciences Libraries online catalog. Ovid, a Web accessible suite of biomedical databases, provides online entry to various Medlars databases including Ovid/Medline prior to 1966. The Ovid system also provides access to Journals@Ovid and Books@Ovid, searchable full-text databases consisting of over 350 scientific, technical, and medical journals and 35 health sciences books, but remember there are more titles available from our other vendors as well. The University Libraries support a large number and variety of databases that can be accessed through their Electronic Resources using the library’s computers.

Two rooms, one seating 6 and the other seating 8 users, are restricted to Dental School students, staff, and faculty and are available for group study and multi-media in the Wilson Dental Library. Same-day reservations may be made at the Loan Desk. See library staff for rules and regulations governing the use of the two study rooms.

Every entering student in the School of Dentistry is provided with a free UNIX account via an online application procedure. A UNIX account is required to access the various network tools and resources such as e-mail and Ovid/Medline. For more information about a UNIX account please see a member of the library staff.

Borrowed library material must be returned directly to the Wilson Dental Library through the book return slot located at the Loan Desk, or at the external book drop located at the west end of the School of Dentistry when the Wilson Dental Library is closed. Library material returned at any other location or library of the University is the responsibility of the borrower.

Borrowed material must be returned on the due date and time. In addition, students who refuse to return material recalled by the library or which other students have requested may be referred to the Dental School Student Ethics Committee for action. Only those absences reported to the Wilson Dental Library by the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs will excuse overdue library material and fines.

Fines are assessed for ALL overdue Reserve material (books, media, test/reading files, group study room keys, microcomputers in the Computer Learning Center, etc.) at the rate of $1.00 per hour for EACH overdue Reserve item (maximum of $20.00 per item). If the fine is paid when the overdue material is returned, AND the material has not been recalled by the Wilson Dental Library (overdue notice sent), AND the material has not been requested by another borrower, AND the maximum fine has not accumulated, the fine is reduced by half. Unpaid fines and other fees may force the library to suspend library privileges. There are no fines for overdue 14-day and 28-day books — however, “Bills for Replacement” for seriously overdue 28-day loan general books will not be excused — this fee MUST be paid.

Same-day holds for overnight use (after 4:00 P.M.) of selected Reserve books may be placed at any time on the day the material is to be borrowed. Reserve holds not picked up by 7:00 P.M. (Monday – Thursday) or by 5:00 P.M. (Friday) are available to any other borrower on a first come basis. Holds are not accepted for test and reading files and other selected Reserve material. This material is made available on a first come, first served basis after 4:00 P.M.

Holds may be placed on books and other material that is currently charged out of the library. The Wilson Dental Library will notify you when the material is returned and it will be held for you at the Loan Desk for one week.

Regular photoduplication facilities are available in the Wilson Dental Library for a fee. Debit cards can be purchased in the photocopy area. Color images can be scanned at our Virtual Reference area and then printed on a color printer; again, nominal fees apply; check with staff for further information.

Bibliographic searches of a number of data files, including Ovid/Medline, are available either as a self-service via the University information service or through the Wilson Dental Librarians.

The Wilson Dental Library has limited seating so please use your library time wisely and try to refrain from excessive talking while in the library.

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