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J. Thomas McCarthy Library

The History


The library on the Doheny Campus was originally housed in Building 2, one of the seven historic mansions comprising Estelle Doheny’s Chester Place enclave. By the 1990s, the growing collection and weight of the book stacks on aging joists — as well as the need to support graduate-level research and technology — necessitated a new library. Named for a Mount trustee and benefactor, the J. Thomas McCarthy Library opened in 1999 as part of the Sister Magdalen Coughlin Learning Complex. Its architecture is very much in keeping with the historic character of Chester Place and the Victorian charm of the West Adams district modern, but the modern, open floorplan meets the needs of students ranging from Associate of Arts students to doctoral candidates in physical therapy.

Today

Students have access to ample studying space on the 1st and 2nd floors as well as five reservable group study rooms. The majority of the book stacks are located on the 2nd floor. The 24-hour computer lab, where students can engage in silent study, is located to the left of the entrance to the building.

 

Find McCarthy Library

DOHENY CAMPUS MAP (Building #6)

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Shows position of the McCarthy Library building on Doheny Campus (map)

 

Study Spaces at McCarthy Library

 

1ST FLOOR

STUDY AREAS - STUDY ROOMS
- 24-HOUR COMPUTER LAB

 

Floor map of McCarthy Library - 1st floor (pdf available)

Floor Map - McCarthy Library - 1st Floor (pdf)


What's on this floor?

  • Main Entrance
  • Circulation Desk / Information Desk
  • 24-Hour Computer Lab (external entrance)
  • PaperCut Copiers (x2) - 24-Hour Computer Lab
  • Study Rooms
  • Research Help Desk
  • Quiet Study Areas
  • Reference Collection
  • Bestsellers Collection
  • Graphic Novels Collection
  • Restrooms

 

 

2ND FLOOR

BOOK STACKS - STUDY AREAS
CULTURAL FLUENCY CENTER

 

Floor map of McCarthy Library - 2nd Floor (pdf available)

 

Floor Map - McCarthy Library - 2nd Floor (pdf)


What's on this floor?

  • Main Stacks
  • Masters' Theses Collection
  • Periodicals Collection
  • Popular Magazines & Newspapers
  • Children's Literature Collection
  • Silent Study Areas
  • Center For Cultural Fluency
  • Restrooms

 

McCarthy Library - Available Study Spaces

  • 24-Hour Computer Lab (1st Floor - outside) - silent
  • Study Rooms (1st Floor) - collaborative
  • Study Tables & Lounge Furniture (1st Floor) - quiet
  • Study Tables & Lounge Furniture (2nd Floor) - quiet
  • Cultural Fluency Center (2nd Floor) - collaborative*

* Only available when not in use by library staff or large group

 

 McCarthy Library - Quiet Zones (pdf available)

McCarthy Library - Quiet Zones (pdf)