The USC Digital Library (USCDL) helps fulfill the mission of the USC Libraries to actively support the discovery, creation, and preservation of knowledge and develop collections and services that support and encourage the academic endeavors of faculty, students, and staff.
Spanning a wide range of visual media, the USC Digital Library offers digital images of drawings, illuminated manuscripts, maps, photographs, posters, prints, rare illustrated books, as well as audio and video recordings. Encompassing the subject strengths of the vast collections of the libraries at the University of Southern California, these materials represent the applied sciences, fine and decorative arts, history, performing arts, and social sciences. A portion of the images contained in the USC Digital Library come from the collections of collaborating institutions which, like USC, have valuable archival collections that are of interest to a wide range of people.
The list of digitized collections includes material from historical societies, other libraries, newspapers, as well as a host of material from the USC Libraries.
Particular emphasis has been placed on materials related to Los Angeles and the Southern California Region, the Western United States and the Pacific Rim.
The USC Digital Library continues to evolve as more visual collections are added, and navigation is enhanced. The collections in the USC Digital Library represent a small fraction of the USC Libraries’ overall visual holdings.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please visit the USC Digital Library FAQ if you have questions. If you do not find the answer you are looking for, please contact us.
The USC Digital Library uses a wide variety of tools and procedures to create our collections. This page provides several key documents about our process, best-practices, and standards.
Submit a project proposal
The USC Digital Library invites project proposals for the digitization of research materials. If you would like to submit a proposal to the Selection Advisory Committee, please begin here.
Copyright, Access, & Use
The USC Digital Library includes information about copyright and use of USCDL materials in the descriptive information for each item in our collections. We make every effort to ensure that the information is accurate and clear.
Some materials in USCDL collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.), or by the Copyright Laws of other countries. In order to keep access to USC Digital Library collections free and open for everyone, we request that all USCDL visitors respect the copyright, licensing, use & ordering information made available alongside of each item in our collections.
Responsibility and liability for any use of USCDL materials rests exclusively with the user of the materials.Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners.
USCDL users must request permission to commercially exploit works protected by copyright.
USCDL users are free to cite and link to digital content without asking for permission.
USCDL users are free to post, cite and link back to USCDL content on personal, non-commercial blogs without asking for permission.
USCDL users are free to download, copy, and distribute works in the public domain without asking for permission. When reproducing or republishing public domain content, please credit "USC Digital Library" and provide a link back to the original. Reference URLs are available above the title of each item. To help determine whether a work is in the public domain, please consult: