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Welcome to the UCLA Library Join us on a virtual tour!

Did you know that the Library is still here for you? In these challenging times, the UCLA Library can help you succeed!

Before we begin the tour, please take a moment to read this information regarding returning loan materials.

Please refrain from returning library materials in-person or by mail. Due dates have been extended until October 31st, 2020. If you must return materials, book drops are open and accessible from outside select library buildings.

A map of Library external book drops

Thanks for your support in keeping a safe and healthy library! Now let's begin the tour!

We’re here to help you with every step of the research and writing process! If you’re looking for help, here are some options.

1) Make a virtual appointment with a Library Student Research Assistant

2) Make a virtual appointment with a librarian

3) Ask us a question via chat 24/7

4) Make a virtual appointment with a Peer Learning Facilitator at the Undergraduate Writing Center

Let's walk through all of those options in more detail!

1) Make a virtual appointment with a Library Student Research Assistant

This peer-to-peer service can help you find online textbooks, articles, and primary sources, as well as break down assignment prompts, narrow the focus of your research, and identify research gaps. Video or web cameras are not required to receive help. Check out the video below to learn how to book and what to expect at your appointment. This is a good option for you if: you have general questions and would like to receive assistance from a fellow student.

2) Make a virtual appointment with a librarian

Subject librarians offer a variety of services designed to help students access information resources and use them more effectively. Assistance may range from locating a needed fact or specific source to designing a search strategy for retrieving information on a broad topic. This is a good option for you if: you have subject specific questions.

3) Ask us a question via chat 24/7

Looking for help at 2am? Ask us a question via chat 24/7! This chat service is available on our website and via CCLE under the Library Resources menu item. Please note that this is a co-op service and the person answering your question may not work at the UCLA Library. This is a good option for you if: it's outside normal business hours and you need help right away.

If you click on "Library Resources" in CCLE, you'll see the Ask a Librarian chat window.

4) Make a virtual appointment with a Peer Learning Facilitator at the Undergraduate Writing Center

Looking for writing help? Make a virtual appointment or drop in with a Peer Learning Facilitator (a fellow undergraduate who is trained to help with writing) at the Undergraduate Writing Center! PLFs can assist with any kind of paper for any class, and at any stage of the writing process. That includes help identifying a topic, formulating a thesis, organizing your ideas, incorporating and citing sources, or learning to proofread effectively. Make an appointment for help on a particular assignment, or set up regular appointments throughout the quarter to work on improving your writing.

We're also here to support your technology needs!

Need a laptop? A MiFi? Headphones? iPads? Other equipment? CLiCC has got you covered!

The Campus Library Instructional Computing Commons (CLiCC) offers technology and support for UCLA students, faculty, and staff.

If you need a laptop, MiFi, or other equipment from the Campus Library Instructional Computing Commons (CLiCC), please complete the Instruction Equipment Request form for students. Supplies are limited but we will do our best to accommodate your request. Please note, you will need an account in our ticketing system to access the form and will be prompted to create one if needed. Once your request has been processed, you will be contacted with a specific day and time to pick up your equipment.

You can pick up your laptop from the Powell loading dock at the back of the library!

Check out this full list of available equipment and policies.

Virtual CLiCC Windows desktops are also available. CLiCC Virtual Desktops allow you to connect to a CLiCC Windows PC loaded with specialty software. For more information please see Access a CLICC Virtual Desktop.

If you are experiencing problems with a Library CLiCC device, please contact us. If the sticker on your device starts with the letters FAC or ITO, please contact UCLA IT Support.

When you're off-campus, you can still access millions of resources paid for by UCLA Library!

You just need to set up a VPN! (Virtual Private Network)

Once you configure your computer for off-campus access to UCLA Library resources using a VPN or Proxy, you'll be able to access e-books, articles, music, videos, and more!

Please visit our Remote Access guide for getting VPN configured with VPN or Proxy.

Computer, check. VPN, check. Now, we'll show you how to access our collections!

Our doors may be closed, but you can still access our collections! First, we'll show you how to access our collection online.

Through the UCLA Library you have access to thousands of e-Books, hundreds of thousands of eJournals and millions of online articles! Check out this video below to learn how to find e-Books on reserve and through UCLA Library. We'll also show you how to search HathiTrust's Temporary Expanded Access Service, a collaboration of academic libraries preserving a massive collection of scanned books from around the world.

To access the materials, UCLA Library users may log in to the HathiTrust website, select "University of California, Los Angeles" and enter their campus credentials. For additional information, visit the HathiTrust FAQs page.

You can also access materials held by HathiTrust through the Library catalog. Just look for the HathiTrust logo beside the catalog record!

HathiTrust logo with the words "Available online with HathiTrust - UCLA Access"

You can also access eJournals and articles with UCLA Library Scholarly Databases!

But what if your book isn't available online? Don't worry! We've got you covered.

You can also request and pick up circulating materials from all of our libraries!

UCLA Library is pleased to offer a Page and Pickup service for circulating materials from our general stacks, available to students and faculty only. These include items from the Arts, Biomed, Geology, Management, Music, Powell, and Science and Engineering libraries as well as the Charles E. Young Research Library and general circulating material from the Southern Regional Library Facility and the Law Library. Library Special Collections, materials available online via the HathiTrust, and audiovisual materials are excluded from the service at this time.

To page and pickup materials:

  • Search the UCLA Library catalog for your item.
  • If it’s available, select the “Request for Pickup (UCLA only)” option located in the blue box. The limit for outstanding requests per patron is 20 items.
  • Your paging request will be fulfilled within five business days (plus two days for non-YRL requests), dependent upon the volume of overall requests balanced with the Library’s staffing capabilities.
  • You will be notified via email when your items are ready for pickup. A single pickup station is located under the covered porch of the Charles E. Young Research Library. Current pick up hours are Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Bring your UCLA BruinCard with you; it is required for pickup.

When picking up materials, please prioritize the safety of our Library staff and fellow patrons by adhering to all campus COVID-19 safety regulations. These guidelines include wearing of face coverings at all times (covering the mouth and nose) and physical distancing requirements of six feet between patrons and staff.

For more information, please visit our Page and Pickup service page.

What about course reserves?

Glad you asked! Course Reserves are still available!

Course Reserves are created upon instructor request to support a particular class. Course Reserves Lists may include links to online books, articles, book excerpts, films, sound recordings, and other materials.

You can also find Course Reserves under the "Library Resources" menu in your CCLE class page, or by clicking on the “Course Reserves” tab in the library catalog. Once in the Library Catalog, you can further narrow your search by Instructor, Department, and Course.

Because of the COVID-19 campus closure, the Library is not able to provide print material at Help Desks.

Do you need a resource that is not available at the Library? Let ILL help!

The InterLibrary Loan (ILL) service allows UC students, faculty, and staff to request access to materials not available through the UCLA libraries.

The InterLibrary Loan (ILL) requests for print materials from physical collections will not be processed during the Library's closure due to the Safer at Home order.

What can be requested?

  • Items not owned by UCLA
  • Items missing from UCLA
  • Items already checked out from UCLA

Questions? Contact the ILL Department.

Want to become a better writer and researcher?

The Library offers varied workshops designed to help students succeed as an undergraduate, graduate Bruin and beyond!

Workshops cover areas including:

  • Getting started with research
  • Using citation management software (Zotero, EndNote)
  • Mapping and visualization tools
  • Writing a literature review
  • Organizing data with spreadsheets or databases
  • Finding sources at the UCLA Library

Can't make a live workshop? Take one of our award-winning workshops on your own time!

You can take our WI+RE (Writing Instruction + Research Education) virtual workshops at any time!

What is WI+RE? WI+RE is a learner-led community focused on helping everyone succeed in their writing and research projects. The website includes quick and practical research and writing tutorials, collaboratively designed by students at UCLA.

Workshops include topics like:

You can take these free virtual workshops on our CCLE site or on the WI+RE website!

Don't forget to take breaks!

Need a Break from Studying? De-stress with the library every quarter during 10th and Finals week!

To care for students' well-being and help them relax and succeed, UCLA libraries host virtual activities to reduce stress, including therapy dog virtual visits, zine-making and origami workshops, game nights, music playlists, and other virtual de-stress activities!

Stay tuned for more details and a schedule, later in the quarter!

Even though our doors are closed, we're still hosting events and exhibits!

Check out our library events and exhibits page to stay up-to-date about the latest happenings!

(L to R) Image of librarian Jet Jacobs showing three students a manuscript in YRL's Special Collections, smiling young woman sitting on wall outside of Powell's east wing, Librarian Doug Daniels pulling an object out of a 3d printer at the Lux Lab, a young man singing into a mic in the Music Library studio

We miss you and we can't wait until you can walk through our doors again! Until then check out our website and follow us on social media to keep up with important UCLA Library updates!