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.
- You can get help from Library Staff, including scheduling a remote consultation.
- You can set up off-campus access through VPN to use our extensive online collections and research tools.
- You can access e-books and articles on course reserve.
- You can request to borrow laptops and other technology or articles and book chapters.
- Your due dates have been extended.
- You can attend remote workshops or use our self-paced research and writing tutorials.
- Request digitized research materials.
We're here to help you find what you need.
- Chat with a librarian 24/7.
- Schedule a remote research consultation.
- Connect directly with your subject librarian, research data service, or a copyright/publishing expert.
- Email a staff member, library, or department.
- Start on your own with a research guide or tutorial.
- For instructional support, request an online synchronous or asynchronous library workshop.
- 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.
- Through the “Pilot Emergency Temporary Digitization On Request (PETDOR)” service, graduate students, faculty, and other UCLA researchers with time-sensative research needs can request scanned copies of articles and book chapters held in print collections in UCLA libraries.
- View the eBook Roadmap Tutorial for step-by-step instructions on how to find and access ebooks. There is also a handout version (PDF) of this tutorial.
- Use our comprehensive Library Search page to access article databases, the UCLA Library Catalog, primary sources, e-books, audio and video resources, the UCLA Library Digital Collections, the UCLA Film and TV Archive and more.
- When searching catalogs (Melvyl or UCLA Catalog) databases, or Articles Plus look for an "Available Online" (or similar) filter in advance search options to limit your results to online, full-text materials.
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.
- 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.
- Research Workshops - These workshops teach relevant skills and encourage critical thinking about the research process. Includes the Cornerstone Workshop Series for foundational research skills and the Remote Control Series for adjusting to remote learning.
- Data Science Center - These workshops develop data literacy and foundational coding skills.
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).
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.
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- 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.
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.
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.