May 20, 2022

A New, Upgraded Version of USC Digital Library Now Available Online

From the University of Southern California:

The USC Libraries have launched a new version of the USC Digital Library, providing improved search and discovery tools to help the USC community integrate digital collections more easily into teaching, learning and research.

Several recently digitized collections are available now, and more will come online throughout the remainder of this year and early next year.

New and upgraded research capabilities include fully searchable text for every page of every document, supplementing the metadata developed by the libraries to describe the content of the Digital Library. This combination creates a richer corpus of descriptive text that supports discovery of relevant digital materials.

A much more powerful document-viewing tool reveals details — such as names on street signs and words on billboards — that previously were inaccessible to researchers. The new Digital Library also offers improved engagement tools, including a system for creating individualized collections of materials that are relevant to specific papers, courses and other research projects, as well as easier integration with social media services, such as Facebook and Pinterest.


The USC Digital Library now holds more than 600,000 items, with an additional 100,000 becoming available during this academic year.

The new USC Digital Library was live as of Nov. 28 in a soft-launch phase at The soft launch will continue for several weeks as the libraries collect feedback from the USC community and make refinements in preparation for the full launch in mid-January.

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