Introducing the New UCLA Digital Library Website

The UCLA Library has introduced a new website, enhancing the discoverability of distinctive open access collections housed in UCLA Library Special Collections: digital.library.ucla.edu.

With this new interface, collections ranging from an archive of Los Angeles Times photographs to historic manuscripts from Ethiopia and Armenia are more accessible and usable. Materials may be browsed or searched, with metadata and citation information displayed on each page.

“This user-friendly portal is important to our local patrons, and critical to global researchers who may never visit campus in person,” said UCLA Digital Library Head Elizabeth McAulay. “We’re making it easier for everyone to find and study some of the Library’s most treasured and used unique materials.”

This project aligns with the Library’s Centennial Celebration initiative Open UCLA, which seeks to create a better future by removing barriers to research and scholarship. The UCLA Library is a leading advocate in the global movement towards open access of educational materials. This site supports that movement by giving students and educators direct access to unique library materials.

The migration of materials from the Digital Library’s legacy site, which remains active, is ongoing. One hundred collections are expected to be ingested by December 2020, while future projects include hosting video archives.

Site users are encouraged to submit suggestions, questions and concerns via a feedback link in the top-right corner of each page.