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A Message to our Supporters
On this page, you will find regular updates about UCLA Library operations during this unusual time. We want to keep you informed and highlight the role that you as a donor have played in helping UCLA make the extraordinary transition to remote instruction. While our library doors are now closed, we remain open online to support remote research and learning.
For many of our students and faculty, accessing the resources to continue to teach and learn remotely was an enormous challenge. With your support and the resourcefulness of our staff and librarians, we solved this problem together.
As of March 19, 2020, all UCLA Library buildings have been closed. The Southern Regional Library Facility (SRLF) and the Film & Television Archive are also shuttered, and all Library events have been suspended.
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 Tech 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
With students, faculty, and staff establish new “safer-at-home” routines, the Library has ramped 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. (Overdue fees and fines will still be implemented for laptops and other technology equipment loaned from the Library.)
Thanks to UCLA Library's partnership with a consortium of academic and research organizations, UCLA students, staff, and faculty now have temporary access to digital versions of millions of volumes held by libraries across the University of California systems and those kept in UC's two off-site library storage facilities. The consortium, HathiTrust, is providing emergency access to member institutions, including UCLA, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beyond the Library
The Library's Lux Lab has been coordinating with UCLA Health and UCLA Engineering to 3D print prototypes of medical devices and personal protective equipment (PPE), of which there are crucial shortages at medical facilities. Read more about how the UCLA Library worked with partners across campus to address the problem and provide open source instructions and information for printing PPE, which are freely available to the public.
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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