New Bruins Meet the Library Every Fall, Spring

While the UCLA Library's engagement with patrons never stops (information needs are met 24 hours a day on the "Ask a Librarian" online chat feature), True Bruin Welcome and Bruin Day allow for large-scale outreach to new and prospective UCLA scholars. 

True Bruin Welcome, held each year before the start of the fall quarter, gives first-year students a taste of everything UCLA has to offer. The UCLA Library participates in numerous academic-focused events during Welcome to introduce students to its many resources.

The focus for freshmen during True Bruin Welcome is on library tours and connecting with specific areas of interest. All library locations are marked with bright blue “Welcome Bruins” signage, and circulation desk staff are trained to orient students to the space. 

During Welcome’s Graduate Student Orientation, librarians can be found at the morning resource fair before addressing more pointed queries about conducting research at an afternoon breakout session. The science libraries take engagement to the next level, hosting a graduate open house featuring walk-up stations on a variety of topics. Transfer students can meet with librarians at their own resource fair. 

Guided tours of Powell Library and Charles E. Young Research Library—led by energetic student employees—are a cornerstone of Bruin Day, held in the spring for prospective freshmen and transfer students. For in-depth questions not addressed during tours, the Library staffs a tent alongside other campus resources where printed handouts and popular swag items are available. 

“The goal of these fall and spring orientation events is to educate and demystify,” said Alicia Reiley, Powell Library peer services and outreach coordinator. “We want to reassure our newest Bruins—and equally important, their parents—that the Library is a critical academic support system invested in their success.” 

Suraj Chhahira, accepted into the UCLA class of 2023 as a preneuroscience major, thought it was important to make time for a Library tour during the busy slate of Bruin Day activities. 

“The Library is such a big part of student life and I’ll probably be spending a lot of time here; there are so many resources. I think the one thing I learned today is how many study and collaborative workspaces there are.”