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USC Law Library Information

How to Find Library Books

Search for Law Library books with our online catalog. To search for books at the USC Libraries, which is a separate library system from the Law Library, see our Catalogs Guide.

Requesting Our Books

Law Library books that are not on reserve are located on the library's third floor. Our bookshelves are open to current Gould graduate students, and USC faculty and staff. (All undergraduates and non-Gould USC students who need a book may email us the book's information, and we will let you know when you can pick it up.)

If a book is not on the shelf where it should be, Gould graduate law students may request it through our online catalog. (Please note that we are currently updating ADVOCAT with incoming students' accounts. If you are a 1L or incoming G & IP student, we may not have your account info, yet. In that case, just email us to request a book.)

Instructions for Requesting an Item

  1. Search for the book in the search bar in ADVOCAT, the Law Library's catalog.
  2. When you find the book you want, click the Request it button located to the right of the title. You will be taken to the Law Library Account login page.

  1. Enter your name and USC ID number. If the system states that your USC ID number is invalid, please email
  2. Once you have logged in, select and enter a deadline date. Please note that requests may take up to two weeks.
  3. After confirming details, click Submit.
  4. Click OK to finalize your request.

By requesting a book, you are placing a hold on it. Once the Law Library receives your request, we must retrieve it from the person who has it, or attempt to locate it, if it is missing. This can take up to two weeks. If you need an item sooner than two weeks, please email We will attempt to help, but we are unable to guarantee a book on short notice.