In the entrance foyer, you can check out books using the self-checkout machine to the right when you enter or ask for assistance at the welcome desk. Digital monitors are present to keep you updated on library events and exhibits, so be sure to check them out as you enter.
Powell's normal weekday hours are from 7:30am-11:00pm, but the first floor remains open 24/7 as Night Powell throughout the academic quarter. The entire building is open 24/7 during 10th and finals weeks. There is a security guard posted at the entrance, so be sure to bring your Bruincard for access to the building after it closes to the public.
In the CLICC Computing Commons, you can use desktop computers (Windows and Apple), print (black and white and color), or ask about downloadable software for your laptop. You can also pick up a textbook from our Reserve service upstairs and scan files here to send to yourself... for free!
If you have a question about library technology and software, stop by the service desk. It is on your left as you enter the space. You can also find student workers with Powell Library jerseys that say "CLICC" on the back. CLICC is your source for all things technological around UCLA.
Night Powell, located on the 1st floor, is open for 24/7 study beginning the first week of the Fall - Spring quarters. This space is also home to the laptop lending service and group study rooms. After 7pm, a security officer will begin walking around to check your Bruincards, so be sure you always have yours!
At the laptop lending desk, you can check out MacBooks, PCs, or Chromebooks for 6 hours. These laptops are equipped with any software you may need for your classes.
You can check out a variety of other equipment as well such as VGA cables, expo markers and more. This is also where you pick up your Powell group study reservation. Click below for a complete list of items!
On the North end of the 2nd floor is the Main Reading Room: a large, open study space with windows, high ceilings, and natural light. Around the room are the Community Collections which include fun subjects like cookbooks, travel guides, and sci-fi/fantasy. It is also home to the video game collection located in the east end of the reading room.
Within the Community Collections, check out the graphic novels. There are manga, comics and even academic graphic novels.
The Inquiry Desk is where you can check out and return books. You can also ask for assistance finding resources or locations within the building.
Course reserves (textbooks on reserve) are located here. They can be checked out for two hours at a time, but are available for overnight checkout when borrowed during the hours before the library closes.
The UCLA Library owns over 12 million books, so there is a good chance that your textbook is on reserve for free! You can search course reserves here before buying your own copy:
Activities in the East Rotunda include Geek Week videogame days, guided meditation, Undergraduate Research Week presentations and awards, and Stressbusters!
Stressbusters are events held around the UCLA Libraries during midterm and finals weeks to help students take a nice break from studying. Stressbusters include therapy dogs, therapy miniature ponies, origami making, massages, and more.
On the north end of the East Rotunda is the Copy Room, where you can print, copy, and scan documents. Click here for more information on services and pricing:
The Instructional Media Laboratory is home to the second largest collection of media after the Library of Congress. This is the single campus location for accessing language course materials and viewing media including films, television shows, and news broadcasts for class assignments and personal interest. The media does not circulate, so all materials must be used within the location. When not being used for other purposes, the IML is also available as study space. You need your Bruincard to enter.
The IML also has iClickers available for students to rent for the entire quarter. They go by quick, so be proactive and reserve one when the quarter begins!
The Inquiry Space is open for individual and group study during the Fall through Spring quarters. You can relax in a comfy swivel chair, sit on high stools at the reading bar, or study below the windows overlooking Janss Hill. Come study or play one of the board games available here. There are plenty of outlets in the Inquiry Space, and no reservations are needed to study here.
The Inquiry Space is also home to the librarians at Powell Library. If you have a question that a student worker cannot answer, feel free to stop by and ask a librarian!
Service hours: Monday - Thursday, 10:00am -6:00pm, Friday, 10:00am - 5:00pm
InqLab 1 hosts research consultations (where General Inquiry Specialists help you explore paper topics, find online and print resources, and learn how to conduct research) and writing consultations (where Peer Learning Facilitators from the Undergraduate Writing Center review papers and projects and provide feedback on assignments). Walk-ins and appointments are accepted for both services, but we suggest you make an appointment to ensure availability.
Inquiry Lab 1 is also home to your Embedded Inquiry Specialists for your cluster! The Embedded Inquiry Specialists are students who took your cluster and did so well that they were invited to come back and be a research and writing consultant specific to your cluster. Get to know them during Office Hours or one-on-one appointments!
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