UC Library Search: Many UC Libraries, One Unified Discovery Tool

Dear Bruin Community,

As one of the largest public university systems in the world, the University of California holds a vast collection of resources in its libraries. Currently, each campus library uses its own catalog and discovery tools, making it difficult for Bruins to find items held at other campuses, and vice versa.

Beginning July 27, this will change. A new, unified discovery tool – UC Library Search – will bring all UC campus libraries together into the same system, retaining the features of Melvyl, but with enhanced functionality. UC Library Search will allow you to find resources from any campus quickly and simply, saving you time and effort. Additionally, you will be able to pick up UC library materials from any campus, giving you the option to check out materials from the UC library closest to you. Adding to its functionality, UC Library Search will also enable you to find and request materials from outside the UC system using interlibrary loan. While UC Library Search will make it easier to borrow materials from other campuses, the UCLA Library will continue to build our local collections to meet faculty and student research needs.

UC Library Search will replace the UCLA Library Catalog, and also features up-to-date tools for customizing your search and filtering your search results, along with improved citation tools. You will be able to see what you have borrowed, request extensions and manage your account with a single login, eliminating the need to log into the UCLA Library Catalog, and Melvyl, and Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

Powered by ExLibris’ Alma/Primo, UC Library Search is the same system currently used by five UC campuses, the SUNY and CSU systems, as well as other consortia that include major research libraries such as Carnegie-Mellon, Northwestern, and the University of Washington. UC Library Search is the next step in the evolution of a unified UC discovery tool, and will enable greater collaboration between campuses in research and collections management.

For more information, including an updated FAQ, please see our UC Library Search website, or contact us at uclibsearch@library.ucla.edu with any questions.

Best regards,

Virginia Steel
Norman and Armena Powell University Librarian