Letter from University Librarian, Ginny Steel

Dear Friends of the UCLA Library,

I want to send my most sincere hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe during this challenging time.

While we had planned to celebrate UCLA’s centennial in May, we instead find ourselves living through an unprecedented global pandemic that has disrupted all of our lives and shifted how we at the UCLA Library deliver services and resources to our students, faculty and other users.

In-person research consultations now occur via Zoom calls; workshops have been moved online; more than 1,700 laptops, tablets, and mobile hotspots were distributed to students, faculty, and staff to ensure equitable access to classes; new digital materials are being purchased to support remote instruction; and a comprehensive guide to digital access during COVID-19 is available on the Library website.

With your support, the Library has steadily worked over the past decade to be remote-ready, digitizing millions of volumes of our physical materials, adding unique digital collections, and forming strategic partnerships. We are now seeing the benefits of this strategy as the Library helps ensure the continuity of UCLA’s teaching and research missions.

HathiTrust, a consortium of academic libraries of which we are a founding member, is providing students, staff and faculty emergency access to digital versions of volumes held by University of California libraries. That means our students and researchers now have access to almost half of the Library’s print collection—more than 5.2 million volumes—for the duration of the emergency.

I am grateful to you, and to our dedicated and agile staff, for every single contribution that has made the continuity of Library services possible during this time. Over the course of UCLA’s first 100 years, we were presented with significant challenges, and we not only survived as a community, but we aimed higher. Together, we are #bruinstrong.

 

With warm regards,

 

 

Virginia Steel

Norman and Armena Powell University Librarian