New Norris Library Website Launches 7/13/2015

July 10, 2015

We’re excited to annouce the release of our newly redesigned website! In addition to a new look and feel, the new website offers the following features that will improve research and learning for the USC health sciences community.

  • Easy access to popular services and resources, such as group room reservation, UpToDate, and more.
  • Tabbed search to help you find articles, journals, books and more.
  • Event calendar and news to keep you updated on new events, resources, workshops, etc.
  • Quick access to selected resources for students, clinicians, instructors, nurses and researchers.
  • Instant assistance through chatting online with a librarian. (M-F, 9-5)
  • Quick access to general hours, extended hours and holiday hours.
  • More accessible via smart phones, tablets and computers.

The image below is a summary of features on our new website. To compare the old website with the new website, click this link:


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Click for a larger version of this image showing features on the new website.

Holiday Hours: Independence Day

June 29, 2015

MtRushmoreIn observance of Independence Day, the library will have reduced hours as follows:

Friday, July 3 – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 4 – CLOSED.

Happy 4th!

Saying Goodbye to the Old Print System

June 29, 2015

The Norris Medical Library initiated a new printing system in February 2015.  At that time, we continued to allow use of the old BLUE print cards so you had the opportunity to use up the value on those cards.  As indicated then, we will completely stop use of the old BLUE cards as of June 30, 2015.  From July 1, only USCards and the new Print/Copy cards may be used, and the BLUE cards will no longer function nor have any value.

Remember that you can add value to your USC ID card and use that to print!

Suggestion Response: Extended Hours for Pharmacy Finals

June 18, 2015

NML-Wordmark-2015-For-Blog-PostingsYour suggestions are welcome and help us to improve our services. You may make a suggestion by using our suggestion box located near the exit in the plaza level, or send a suggestion via email to:

Submitted 6/18/15

The extended hours start in May, but pharmacy students have 5 finals in the beginning of May (from the 1st – 11th) and some years it start at the end of April. If the library closes they have essentially nowhere to go. Whereas medical students have MDLs & their own cubicle 24 hours a day. So if the library’s hours were extended starting halfway through April, it would be very helpful. Medical students have exams in June, so it could be normal hours from May 11 – 24d or so if cost is an issue.


Thank you for your suggestion. We appreciate your input. We will be in the process of setting hours for the entire academic year this summer and will take your suggestion under consideration.

Janis Brown
Associate Director,
Systems & Information Technology Division


New Norris Medical Library Website Coming At The End of June!

June 16, 2015


Scheduled HELIX Downtime Friday, June 12, 2015

June 10, 2015

ThAttentione HELIX catalog is being updated and will be unavailable for most of the day on Friday, June 12. As an alternative, to find materials in the Norris Medical Library, please feel free to use Quick Search on the USC Libraries website:

Thanks for your patience!

Summer Brings A Change in Reference Hours!

May 29, 2015

Summer is upon us! OK, not quite yet, but it is close! In an attempt to ramp up for fall orientation schedules and prepare for the launch of our new website, the Norris Medical Library is temporarily adjusting the reference desk hours. There will be no change to our chat service and phone reference service, available from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. M-F. Our reference desk hours are being shifted to on-call mornings (meaning a librarian is in the building and is ready to help, but you need to ask at any library service desk) from 9:00 – Noon, and staffing the reference desk from Noon – 5:00.

Chat and Phone Service: 9:00 – 5:00
On-Call Service: 9:00 – Noon
Reference Desk: Noon – 5:00