Do more with UC Library Search! UCLA Library Catalog and Melvyl retiring July 27

Dear Faculty, Graduate Students, and Researchers,

I am pleased to share with you that UC Library Search, a single UC-wide library discovery tool, will replace Melvyl and the UCLA Library Catalog on July 27, 2021. This consolidation will vastly improve the user experience for faculty, students, and researchers worldwide who need to access collections across the University of California system.SILs icon with books and laptop

When Melvyl debuted in 1981, it revolutionized the UC Library system, allowing researchers to find books at other UC campuses through computer terminals on their own campuses. Behind the scenes, however, Melvyl relied on a complex patchwork system that connected multiple catalogs and databases in order to coordinate interlibrary loan(s) and full-text access. As several of these systems approached the end of their life spans, the UC Libraries recognized the technical unsustainability and inherent risks associated with keeping the Melvyl system (PDF). So began the ambitious project of making UC Library Search a reality.

UC Library Search will maximize the value of the UC collections by making resources much easier to find and borrow thanks to its improved inter-library resource sharing tools and simplified user interface.

By replacing Melvyl, which links separate catalogs from different institutions, all of the UC Libraries will now contribute to a single discovery tool: UC Library Search. With the “old” discovery system, researchers had to search two places to locate library resources: UCLA Library Catalog and Melvyl. Additionally, some materials, like course reserves, could not be searched in Melvyl. Other resources, notably those held by other UC campus libraries, couldn’t be found in local catalogs. And finally, resources had to be located in separate databases like HathiTrust.

As Melvyl approaches retirement, let's celebrate the 40 years of service it has given to UC Library users and welcome UC Library Search – the discovery service of our shared future!

For more information, please visit the UC Library Search website, or contact us at

Best regards,

Virginia Steel
Norman and Armena Powell University Librarian