Expert Library Help For Remote Teaching, Learning, and Research

September 29, 2020

Dear UCLA Teaching Community:

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 advance your teaching, learning, and research priorities. I invite you to take advantage of the following resources and services that are available for the fall quarter.

Teaching and Learning Services
Library staff continue to provide instruction that guides students through all stages of the research process and introduces them to the breadth of library services. Contact a subject librarian to incorporate discipline-specific instruction into your course through tailored synchronous or asynchronous instruction, syllabus and assignment design, or workshops. Alternatively, you can also:

•    Meet with a librarian about syllabus and assignment design;
•    Submit a general request for instruction and we will match you with an appropriate librarian;
•    Request a workshop;
•    Meet with a Library Data Science Center expert for foundational coding and data science skills instruction.

Review our asynchronous workshops, tutorials, and guides from the Writing Instruction and Research Education (WI+RE) team, including how to set up a VPN, Resources for Remote Student Success, and Your Remote eBook Roadmap.

Research Services
The UCLA Library can support your research needs wherever you are:

•    Chat with a librarian 24/7;
•    Schedule a virtual research consultation;
•    Connect directly with your subject librarian, research data service, or a copyright/publishing expert;
•    Meet with a Library Data Science Center expert for data and computationally intensive research guidance;
•    Email a staff member, library, or department.

Bookmark our research help services page on the UCLA Library website.

Access to Collections
The Library offers collections that support research and instruction:

•    Faculty may submit requests for course e-reserves through PEER – Pilot Emergency E-Reserves program – for use in the Course Management System (we are not able to offer physical/print reserves for the 2020 calendar year due to county-mandated restrictions). Please keep in mind that faculty are responsible for ensuring that their requested copying and use of materials satisfies fair use, see UCOP Fair Use Guidance. Library Special Collections materials are not available through PEER at this time;
•    Subject librarians are available to consult with faculty to help identify possible alternative material such as eBooks for course reserves;
•    Request a purchase of electronic materials, such as eBooks;
•    For UCLA faculty and graduate students, PETDOR provides digital copies of print materials in UCLA libraries, and PETDOR + Mail loans and mails UCLA Library circulating materials. 
o    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 and the full text of HathiTrust items are excluded from this service.

For technology-related support, including equipment lending and access to specialized software from CLICC Virtual Desktop, please visit our CLICC website.

Thank you for your patience and support as we navigate this challenging time together. I will continue to update you as we bring new library services online. If you have additional comments or questions as you prepare for instruction this quarter, please contact

Best regards,

Virginia Steel
Norman and Armena Powell University Librarian