Preparing for Catalog Migration FAQ
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Your guide to frequently asked questions about upgrades to Library catalog services.
Why can’t I order new library materials until July 2021?
The catalog system that UCLA Library has worked with for the past 17 years will be retired and a new system will be integrated with the entire University of California. The new unified discovery and borrowing system is called UC Library Search. In order for the migration to succeed, staff needs four months to prepare, do quality control and accuracy verification, and resume normal operations.
Why is this migration happening now?
The migration from the old system to the new one needs to align with the close of the fiscal year and the UC system-wide changeover to UC Library Search, which is being implemented across all 10 UC libraries. Given the amount of data that needs to be accurately migrated, we have no choice but to freeze new activity in the current system to successfully prepare.
What materials are impacted?
The Library will not be able to order new materials (books, ebooks, or journal subscriptions) until July 2021 when we migrate to the new shared library management system.
I have reserves that I need for my spring and summer courses. What should I do?
Please submit your UCLA Library Course Reserves as you normally would, and we will do our best to acquire any new materials not owned by UCLA Library. We cannot guarantee the purchase of new titles, but Library staff will work with you to find alternatives.
Can I make requests for materials the UCLA Library doesn’t own using Interlibrary Loan?
Yes, we encourage you to submit an ILL request for titles the UCLA Library doesn’t own.
I have more questions, who should I contact?
Please use our virtual services to contact Library staff with questions and for research help. Services include scheduling a virtual consultation, research data services, and access to a list of subject librarians.