Remote Resources and General Information for UCLA Library Users

UCLA Library Online Services logoUPDATE (9/1/20)

Please see COVID-19 Response: Library Information and Resources page for most recent list of services while Library buildings are closed.

EQUIPMENT UPDATE (3/23/20) – Attention UCLA Students and Faculty

CLICC Lending Technology still has some equipment available to assist you with remote learning. Those who still need a device must complete the online form. Please note that to complete this form, the requestor must create an account in our ticketing system. The online form will prompt you to create an account so your request can be processed.

As the campus community transitions to remote learning platforms, it has become necessary to close all UCLA Library facilities to help curb the spread of COVID-19, The Library offers expert help and many resources that users can access online. We encourage you to take advantage of these services, listed below. Additionally, if you have Library materials checked out to you, or if you are a user of interlibrary loan, please see the appropriate sections below for important information.

Current students, faculty, and staff, please note: Before trying to connect to any of the Library's subscription content from off-campus, you will be required to enroll in Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) and set up your computer to provide UCLA authentication with the UCLA VPN or proxy server. (Computers using a UCLA wired or wireless network connection are automatically authenticated.)

Online Resources

UCLA Catalog – Books and more, Melvyl provides information about articles, books, journals and other materials held by UCLA, other University of California (UC) campuses, and libraries worldwide.

Databases – Find databases by subject or see an A–Z list.

Journals – Search titles and abbreviations of journals subscribed to electronically by the UCLA Library and linked to article databases and Google Scholar. 

Research Guides – Search subject and course guides that compile useful databases, digital library collections, and research strategies.

Archives and Manuscripts – Search the Online Archive of California (OAC), a Web-accessible, digital gateway to information about materials such as manuscripts, photographs, and works of art held in libraries, museums, archives, and other institutions across California, including UCLA.

UCLA Library Digital Online Collections - Explore rare and unique materials spanning from 13th to 20th century including photographs, historical documents, maps, postcards and much more. The International Digitizing Ephemera Project (IDEP) offers 20th - 21st century content from Armenia, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Palestine and South Africa, including newspapers to posters, postcards, cellphone videos and much more. 

Online Help 24/7

If you have questions about using our online resources, just ask! You can email or chat with a librarian any time.

The chat service is staffed by UCLA librarians, but at peak service times or off-hours, you may be connected with a librarian from another academic library.

Librarian Consultations

Subject librarians with expertise in specific areas are available to UCLA students and instructors for one-on-one consultations online. Once you identify a librarian, you can schedule an online consultation with them via the appointment link or an email. Instructors can also arrange for a librarian to provide remote instruction for their courses.

Online Research and Writing Workshops

Online, open access research and writing tutorials created by the student-led WI+RE team provide practical research and writing instruction. Workshops and tutorials include topics such as Finding Sources with the UCLA LibraryAvoiding Plagiarism and Citing Sources, and Writing a Literature Review. Visit for WI+RE's complete list of online workshops.

Quick Tutorials and Handouts

These quick tutorials include a variety of resources to help students succeed, including Tips for Contacting Instructors Over EmailCitation Management ToolsIntegrating Citations, and Searching with Google Scholar. 

Book check out and returns

UCLA Library will automatically extend materials currently out on loan to patrons through October 31, 2020. We will be waiving all overdue fees and fines that may accrue during the period that campus has transitioned to remote instruction. Due to library closures, we advise patrons to refrain from returning their books, as there will be no staff to check in materials during the Safer at Home order. Access to print collections will not be possible during this time. Overdue fees and fines will still be implemented for laptops and other technology equipment loaned from the Library.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) due dates are being extended through June 30, 2020. No new ILLs for print materials will be processed during the library's closure due to the Safer at Home order. ILL staff will prioritize electronic delivery of articles during this time.

Library Data Science Center (DSC)

The Data Science Center provides consultation and instruction in data science, data sources, data management, data publishing, data visualization and GIS (Geographic Information Systems). Please set up a remote appointment with the DSC team at