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The UCLA Library consists of 10 libraries located around the campus as well as other campus collections that are independently managed by UCLA departments. Our collection of over 12 million print and electronic volumes includes a broad array of resources as well as one of the most highly used collections in the world.
Consisting of illuminated medieval manuscripts to electronic scientific journals, from rare Audubon prints to the Los Angeles Times photo archives, from the papers of Nobel Peace Prize winner Ralph Bunche and Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley to architectural drawings of Richard Neutra and Lloyd Wright, the UCLA Library's collections place the institution among the top ten academic research libraries in North America.
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A Message to Our Supporters
As of March 19, 2020, all UCLA Library locations have been closed. In addition, the Southern Regional Library Facility and the Film & Television Archive are also shuttered, and Library events have been suspended. Unfortunately, this includes our annual Powell Society celebration on March 25 and Archive screening at the Billy Wilder Theater.
Long-Term Laptop Loans
Prior to closing, Library staff distributed long-term loans of more than 1,000 laptops, tablets, and other equipment to students and faculty via the Campus Library Instructional Computing Commons (CLICC). University Librarian Ginny Steel also committed funds from a donor endowment and the donor-supported University Librarian’s Greatest Needs Fund to the Bruin Teach Award, which provides funds to low-income students to purchase laptops or other technology to attend classes online. These funds will also be used to replace laptops that will see heavier than normal use this quarter and to meet the increased demand for e-books.
Remote Library Resources
While students, faculty, and staff establish new “safer-at-home” routines, the Library is ramping up remote resources for Library users. We’ve added more librarians to staff our popular “Ask A Librarian” chat service, providing research consultations for students and faculty via teleconference. We are waiving all fees and fines during this period; working to expand remote collection access; and taking measures to ensure the safety of our extraordinary collections, all while our staff, librarians and archivists work remotely.
Beyond the Library
In uncertain times, we can rely on historical knowledge to inform our future. One of the last researchers to visit UCLA Library Special Collections was LA Times reporter Gustavo Arellano. His story about the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918 and its lessons for today features our own Russell Johnson, curator for History and Special Collections for the Sciences, and speaks to the value of archives to illuminate and educate.
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