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About Us

University Custom Publishing is here to help you with your custom publishing needs from course packets to class handouts to copyright clearance. University Custom Publishing is a stand-alone division of the University of Southern California, with a staff of 19 full-time employees, and offices in Los Angeles and Palo Alto. Currently, we are the largest campus-based operation in the nation, serving over 40 distinguished academic institutions throughout the U.S. Our reputation for quality products and services has led to partnerships with leading institutions and organizations within the industry. University Custom Publishing offers a full range of services that are catered to the unique needs of each school. We currently create course readers for the following schools:

  • California State University, Fullerton
  • California State University, San Bernardino
  • Santa Monica College
  • Seattle University
  • Gonzaga University
  • Stanford University
  • Hobart & William Smith Colleges
  • Idaho State University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Claremont Colleges
  • New York Chiropractic College
  • University of Montana
  • University of Utah
  • Pepperdine University
  • San Francisco State University
  • Mount Saint Mary’s College
  • Saybrook University
  • University of San Francsico
  • Laney College


We began as a small but convenient “side service” provided by the USC Bookstore’s Textbooks Department in the mid 1980s. As the demand for course readers increased, the service assumed a more streamlined and formalized structure. Textbook employees were first assigned on a part-time basis and eventually on a full-time basis to the specific task of assembling 15 to 20 course readers submitted by faculty each semester.

Since those early days, the custom publishing industry has experienced steady growth across the country as more faculty members embraced course readers as supplements or alternatives to textbooks for their courses. USC Trojan Bookstore Custom Publishing has experienced the same growth in volume and size. Though the initial focus was on serving faculty at the USC campus, external requests gradually allowed the department to offer the same quality service to other institutions, first in California, and then around the country. In 1995, due to the expanding list of schools being served, the custom publishing department was formally established as UNIVERSITY CUSTOM PUBLISHING, a division of the USC Trojan Bookstores.