COVID-19 Response: Library Information and Resources

The UCLA Library can support your research needs wherever you are. While our in-person services and physical spaces are not available, online services continue.

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Online Research Tools

Connect from Off-Campus

  • For UCLA students, staff and faculty, connect to subscribed library resources using the UCLA VPN or proxy server. View our helpful videos and handout to get configured.
  • Note: If you are a visiting scholar seeking VPN access, please check with your department.

Library Search Tools

Expanded Temporary Access to Resources and Databases

  • As a response to the coronavirus, some publishers and vendors have temporarily provided expanded access to online resources to facilitate online instructions and research. Some resources are being provided free to the public, while others are restricted to the UCLA community and require authentication with a VPN or proxy server. Visit our Temporary Expanded Access During COVID-19 Resource Guide for a current list of these expanded resources.
  • HathiTrust: As a repository of scanned books contributed from academic institutions all over the United States, the UCLA community currently has expanded access to digitized materials via the Emergency Temporary Access Service. See instructions for use online.

Library Research Guides

  • Useful resources by course or subject compiled by UCLA librarians. Use our Databases by Subject guide for the best place to start your research by discipline.

Remote Research Workshops


Course Reserves

Use the UCLA Library Catalog Course Reserves Tab (search by instructor name, department or course number) to see if your instructor has put any electronic materials or e-books on reserve. Digital Audio Reserves are also available. Articles, lecture notes, case studies, previous exams and other supplementary readings as requested by course instructors can also be posted to CCLE (Common Collaboration and Learning Environment).


Library Materials

To view your active loans, login to your library account.

  • Returning Materials: Please refrain from returning materials in-person or by mail as we do not have staff on-site to process returns. Due dates have been extended to October 31, 2020. If you need to return materials:
    • YRL and Powell Library book drops are open and accessible from outside the buildings.
    • The return of your items will not be reflected on your library account until staff are able to return onsite.
    • Please do not return equipment (laptops, calculators, headphones, etc.) via the book returns. Please return them to a service desk when the libraries reopen.
  • Fines and Fees: We will forgive all fees and fines that began accruing on March 1, 2020 until the libraries are ready to reopen and campus operations return to normal, likely in the Fall Quarter of 2020. Any fees and fines accrued prior to March 1, 2020 are still in effect.
  • Requests and Recalls: We have disabled online functionality.
  • Special Collections: Since our Library spaces are closed, physical special collections materials are unavailable for research. Some remote reference services are available, visit the Library Special Collections website for more information.

Questions? Email us at yrl-circ@libraryucla.edu


Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

  • E-versions of articles and book chapters can be requested via ILL. Scans will be sent via email to the patron.
  • ILL requests for print materials from physical collections will not be processed during the Library's closure due to the Safer at Home order.
  • ILL due dates for print materials already borrowed are extended through June 30, 2020.

Laptops & Other Technology

If you need a laptop or other equipment from the Campus Library Instructional Computing Commons (CLICC), please complete the Instruction Equipment Request form. 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. 

Virtual CLICC Windows desktops are also available. 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


Members of the Public

We invite members of the public to explore our rare and unique materials using the UCLA Library Digital Collections and the International Digitizing Ephemera Project (IDEP), both freely available to the public. Campus-based public access to subscribed library resources will return when the UCLA Library reopens. For public access to other online resources, we encourage you to visit LAPL or your local library.

Members of the UCLA Alumni Association have access to a version of the ProQuest Research Library online database, offering titles from a wide range of academic subjects.

Faculty Services

Library Teaching Toolkit

Quick ideas about how to incorporate library writing and research tools into your class.

Online Modules

Incorporate our Writing Instruction and Research Education (WI+RE) modules into your class or embed into your CCLE course sites

Course Reserves

Please continue to use the Course Reserves Form to submit course information for reserve material.

We will work to identify electronic copies of texts available during this time, and add them to your course reserves page in the library catalog. For any that the library does not currently have access to, we will attempt to purchase them in e-book format, when available.

For more information about course reserves and contact information, see Information for Instructors.

Fair Use Guidelines

See how fair use applies to copyright concerns and remote instruction.

Can't find what you're looking for? 

Try requesting a purchase or exploring options with a subject librarian.