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Remote Access to Law Library Services

This guide provides information on library services provided to the USC Gould community during the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Journal Source Collection

See our tips below for accessing online books and feel free to contact our librarians for any source collection research needs.

Additional Resources for Online Books

During the COVID-19 crisis, many libraries are limiting or eliminating interlibrary loan services. While Gould will continue attempting to borrow scanned pages and other digital materials, we may be unable to borrow physical books at this time. Even digital items can be difficult to obtain, so please be prepared for delays.

If you are looking for class materials, don't forget to check our extensive collections of online study aids. We have outlines, summaries, flash cards, and more.

Consider trying one or more of the following resources if you are having trouble accessing print-based materials, and check this page for updates, as the situation changes rapidly:

  • HathiTrust has scanned versions of many print items, and they have made more available temporarily during the COVID crisis. To log in, select University of Southern California from the drop-down menu, and then enter your USC (Blackboard) login credentials.

HathiTrust login screen

  • Public libraries may be closed, but many still offer abundant online resources. The Los Angeles Public Library has many digital books, databases and other resources, for example. You will probably need an existing library card to use a public library's digital resources.
  • Google Books offers searchable pages and limited previews of many books. Some or all of the pages you need may be available.
  • Amazon offers previews of some books. While full-text may not be available, title pages and tables of contents often are.
  • The USC Libraries provide a guide to even more free online books. Check it out if you still haven't found what you need.