Expert Library Help For Remote Research & Learning

October 12, 2020

Dear UCLA Students and Researchers:

I’m delighted to welcome you to the start of fall quarter instruction and remote activities. Although our library buildings are physically closed due to Los Angeles County Department of Public Health guidelines, library staff continue to work both remotely and on campus to help bring you the resources you need to advance your research, education, and training.

I invite you to take advantage of the following services that are available for the fall quarter, but before you get started, you will need to make sure you have taken the necessary steps to access UCLA Library’s subscription content from off-campus.

Need Research Help? We’re Here for You!
•    Schedule a virtual research consultation
•    Chat with a librarian 24/7
•    Email us your quick questions:
•    Find answers to your questions with our FAQ
•    Start on your own with research guides or online tutorials
•    Build your research skills during a virtual research workshop or request an on-demand workshop
•    Connect with a subject expert/specialist, a library data science expert, or a copyright and publishing expert

Bookmark all of the Library’s research help services found on the UCLA Library website.

Looking for a virtual space for you and your classmates to work on a group project? Seeking a safe, virtual space to connect with friends? Book a virtual study room.

The Library Can Digitize or Mail Print Materials

PETDOR is a service that provides digital copies of print materials in UCLA libraries, and PETDOR + Mail loans and mails UCLA Library circulating materials. Beginning fall quarter, undergraduate courses identified by faculty with a library research component will be eligible for PETDOR services. Capstone and UCLA Honors program students will be eligible to directly register for the service. Please note: Library Special Collections materials and the full text of books that are available online via HathiTrust are excluded from this service.

Need Help with Your Research and Writing?

WI+RE, which stands for Writing Instruction and Research Education, is a learner-led community that has created a variety of workshops, tutorials, and handouts to help you with your research and writing. Here are some peer-to-peer resources you might find useful:
•    Cornerstone Research Workshops
•    Entering Research Workshops
•    Getting Started with Research Tutorials
•    Resources for Remote Student Success Handout

Get Technology Support and Check Out Equipment

The UCLA Library and Campus Library Instructional Computing Commons (CLICC) provide technology support and equipment loans to UCLA students in support of learning and research activities.

By creating an account on the CLICC Reservations Portal, currently enrolled students can request to reserve equipment for use during the academic term to support them while pursuing UCLA academic activities. Most loan periods will span the quarter.

Equipment available, while supplies last, include:

•    Laptops (Dell, HP, Macbook) or Chromebooks
•    Camcorder cameras
•    Portable projectors
•    Mifi hotspots (AT&T, Sprint, TMobile, Verizon)

Those unable to come to the Library may make other arrangements such as sending a proxy to pick up the equipment or making arrangements for shipping to U.S. addresses.

To learn more about the Library’s virtual services, please visit our COVID-19 Response Library Information and Resources web page. If you have any questions, I encourage you to please email the Library at

Wishing you an excellent start to the new academic year, and above all, good health. Please take care.

Best regards,

Virginia Steel
Norman and Armena Powell University Librarian