USC Library

Library Cards

Your library card is necessary to check out materials at Express Checkout stations. In special circumstances, staff may look up your record when you can present an alternate form of identification and verify information in your patron record. See the library card policy for more information.

Online Card Registration.

Loan Periods

All items in the library check out for three weeks except for movies which have a one week loan period.


Holds can be placed on any circulating item, except “walk-in” collection materials, by using the online catalog or talking with a library staff member. There is no charge for holds.

Late Fees

    Late fees for overdue materials are charged for every day the library is open.
  • 25 cents per day – all adult collection materials except for DVDs
  • 10 cents per day – all children’s collection materials except for DVDs
  • 50 cents per day – all DVDs



Accounts may be paid at the library desk with cash, check or credit card, or online with a credit card via your account in the online catalog. The outside book return (along the back side of the building) is emptied every day at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.


Renewals can be made by phone during regular library hours by phoning 412.835.5540, or by accessing your account via our online catalog.  

Text Notification

Text notices is a new service that allows you to get notices and renew items using your cell phone.

  1. Add 412-459-7442 and 833-403-0701 to your cell phone contacts. This is not required, but it is recommended.
  2. Simply text SIGNUP+your-14-digit-barcode+PIN to 412-459-7442.
  3. Please note, you must include the plus signs (+) between each element of text.
 Once you sign up, you will receive texts confirming your successful sign up and asking if you want to supply an email address as an additional contact. This is optional and will only be used to contact you in the event that your notices are undeliverable.

For more information, Click here .

You may also call the automated renewal line at any time: 412.622.1895. All items can be renewed twice unless they are “walk-in” collection materials or there is a hold on the item for someone else.  

Please note: When renewing via our online catalog, all items must be renewed by midnight of the due date in order to avoid fines.

Using the Online Catalog

Using the online catalog requires you to login with your library card number and a PIN number you create for yourself. You can review what you have out and on hold by going to the online catalog and clicking on the Account tab at the top of the page.

If you need help, click on the Help tab, also at the top of the page. Most common problems and questions are very thoroughly explained on this Help Page. If you cannot resolve your problem, or if you still have questions, library staff are happy to help you. Please call 412.835.5540, ext. 249.

Inter-Library Loans

Inter-Library Loan is available for items not found in the EIN catalog. The Inter-Library Loan policy explains this process. There may be a charge for materials obtained from out-of-state libraries.


& Location

Monday - Thursday 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Friday & Saturday
9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Closed Summer Sundays 

Holiday Hours

Accessibility contact for the Library: Mrs. Helen Palascak, Director of the Library at 412.831.9000, ext 247.

P. 412.835.5540
F. 412.835.6763

1820 McLaughlin Run Road  Upper St. Clair, PA 15241

Comments or Questions?

Library Notices

Reminder Notices
Email reminders will be sent three days before the due date for items that are loaned for 21 days, and 1 day before the due date for items that are loaned for 7 days.

First Overdue Notice
The first overdue notice will be generated approximately a week or 2 weeks after the item becomes overdue, depending on the type of material and the local library lending policy. It will be sent via email.

Second Overdue Notice
The second overdue notice will be generated approximately 2 weeks after the first overdue notice, or 3 or 4 weeks from the overdue date, and also sent via email.

Please remember that there may be many reasons that you do not receive an email. Even if you do not receive a reminder or overdue notice, you are still responsible to return items or pay fines for items that you check out.

All bills for overdue items will be generated approximately 6 weeks from the overdue date. All bills are printed. The bill is for the replacement cost of the overdue item.


Library Policies

Library policies ensure that all users receive high quality service and have a positive experience at the library. We expect all staff and visitors to use our facilities in a responsible, appropriate, and courteous manner.

Astronomical Binoculars
Bulletin Board
Computers & Internet
Interlibrary Loans
Kids Meeting Room
Library Cards
Multi-Purpose Room