Borrow, Renew, Return
Step-by-Step Instructions to Borrow a Book
- Record the location and call number of the book you want (as listed in the UCLA Library Catalog or Melvyl).
- Go to the location and find the book. Books are in alphanumeric order by call number (see How to Read a Call Number).
If the book is not on the shelf, ask library staff to search for it, either in-person at the circulation desk or through an online form.
- Tip! Asking in person is usually better, because the circulation staff can often tell you alternate places to look (such as books waiting to be re-shelved).
- If staff don't find the book, they'll place an interlibrary loan request in your name (if you're eligible for that service).
- If the item is there, take it to the circulation desk with your BruinCard or UCLA libary card.
- The staff there will check out the book to you. Or, in some libraries, you can use a self-checkout machine.
Borrowing is first-come, first-served. The Library does not reserve books in advance.
Find books and course materials that UCLA professors have put on reserve for your classes.
Information about library fees and fines can be found here.
UCLA students, staff and faculty may request material not owned by the UCLA Library through Interlibrary Loan.
Can't find the item on the shelf? The library will search for items missing from its collection. Certain patron categories may also recall an item that is checked out.