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UCLA American Indian Studies Center Library a virtual tour

The UCLA American Indian Studies Center (AISC) is a part of the UCLA Institute of American Cultures, established in 1969. They host cultural events, provide scholarly materials, and offer student resources with a special interest in American Indian Studies and related disciplines. Its leadership and faculty, and affiliated-faculty, are some of the most renowned scholars in their fields. The journal that is produced here, American Indian Culture and Research Journal, is also well known and highly regarded!

The AISC Library houses a small, but significant collection of materials, which includes an excellent reference collection—with dictionaries, manuals, encyclopedias, catalogs, linguistic resources, and other core texts concerning American Indian and Indigenous studies— and a research collection with materials in a wide range of subjects, including history, law, social relations, expressive arts, languages and literature.

They also keep reserve texts for course-assigned material in American Indian Studies and affiliated courses, and have a small film and video collection for use. Their special collections include vertical files with ephemera and materials in core subject areas of interest to our researchers, and a small collection of rare books and archival materials, mostly pertaining to the Center’s history itself, which is celebrating a 50th anniversary this year!

The AISC Library has ample study space for students to work on assignments or browse library materials.

Meet the librarian, Joy Holland!

Joy is from the district of Kona on the Island of Hawai’i. She later spent her teen and college years in Los Angeles and is thrilled to be back at UCLA. Joy has a Masters in Library and Information Science from University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (UHM).

Before coming to UCLA, Joy worked as the Executive Director of a Smithsonian-Affiliated museum and library in Hawai’i, The Kona Historical Society, for several years. Prior to that she worked at University of Hawai’i at Mānoa in Special Collections and in the Preservation Department, and in special libraries at both UCLA and University of Virginia. Her MLIS course work and outreach focused on archives, community information centers, and on Indigenous matters and resources in librarianship.

When Joy was asked to share something that the students at UCLA might not know, she shared that “the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples are the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (Los Angeles basin, So. Channel Islands), which, of course, includes this beautiful campus!” You can find out more about them, and other tribes in California, at the American Indian Studies Center Library.

Email Joy at jholland@aisc.ucla.edu, call at (310) 206-7510, or stop by the American Indian Studies Center Library during their open hours.

Although small, the AISC Library is able to hold so many books because of its unique compact shelves. Ask the librarian to help you find what you need!

The AISC Library has primary and secondary documents for your research needs. Come by to find books on art and history, as well as newsletters and maps from special collections!

Come visit the American Indian Studies Center Library in Campbell Hall 3214. Students from all class levels and majors, as well as all patrons in general are welcome to come by and access its materials and study space. Students taking American Indian Studies and related courses will find the library especially valuable.

The materials in this library do not circulate (which means that you cannot check them out), but they are always on hand when you need them in a quiet space with at least 5 days of study hours in which you can work. Hours do sometimes change from term to term, so view the AISC Library website for the most updated info at www.aisc.ucla.edu/library. Hours are also posted on the library door, as well as any exceptions to regular hours. You can request individual reference appointments for your research, too.

The North entrance to Campbell Hall, home to the American Indian Studies Center and Library, faces Young Research Library.

Information provided by Joy Holland and the AISC website.

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