Using the Library
Services & Resources
- default Frequently asked questions about how to access and use Library Special Collections materials.
- help We can work with you to create active engagement with LSC materials and embed primary source literacy into your curriculum.
- help Learn how to access Library Special Collections materials digitally from anywhere in the world.
- default Use our subject guides to browse Library Special Collections materials by discipline.
- help UCLA Library Special Collections (LSC) lends items for exhibition to museums and cultural heritage sites worldwide. Read on for more information about how to request a loan to your institution.
- help Check out our detailed templates, workflows and examples to support all stages of digital projects managed in special collection libraries.
- about Learn how the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT) pairs scholars with UCLA Library Special Collections projects that match their passions and interests.
- about UCLA's Center for Oral History Research collects oral history interviews related to the history the Los Angeles metropolitan region and Southern California on the whole.
- about University Archives, a division of UCLA Library Special Collections, is the official repository for non-current UCLA records.
- about The Library provides funding for on-site graduate-level, post-doctoral or independent research with Library Special Collections materials.
- default Locate books, journal articles, course reserves and other content at UCLA, other UC schools and beyond.
- default The Digital Library houses UCLA's rare and unique collections online. Users can search and browse high-resolution digitized books, ephemera, images and artifacts.
- default OAC provides access to descriptions of more than 300 California institutions’ archives and primary resource collections, including UCLA Library.
- default ...as told through 10,000+ images from UCLA Library University Archives.
- default The collections in Calisphere have been digitized and contributed by all ten campuses of the University of California and other important libraries, archives, and museums throughout the state.
Collections and Description Policies
- about The nature of stewarding special collections holdings requires UCLA Library Special Collections to be selective in what we acquire and make available for research.
- about UCLA Library Special Collections staff are engaged in addressing and contextualizing collections that may include harmful content.
- about UCLA Library is guided by professional values and codes of ethics in support of ethical and inclusive approaches to descriptive practices.
- about The following nine criteria guide our decision-making around digitization.
Access and Use Policies
- about Policies regarding the conditions of use of UCLA Library Special Collections (LSC) materials, including our policies for patrons with disabilities.
- about Policy for using UCLA Library Special Collections materials in the Ahmanson-Murphy Reading Room.
- about Policy on accessing AV materials in UCLA Library Special Collections.
- about UCLA Library Special Collections (LSC) policy on accessing born-digital formats in our collections.
- about Learn about the different levels of discovery and access to Library Special Collections materials.
- about UCLA Library Special Collections (LSC) duplication policies.
UCLA Library Special Collections inspires discovery, cultivates knowledge, advances research and preserves cultural heritage to create a distinctive learning environment for the UCLA community and society at large. We welcome researchers to explore our collections of rare books, archives, manuscripts, oral histories and other materials and to utilize our services.
The following principles demonstrate our commitment to excellence and set the foundation for our culture and actions:
- Open Access: Support the free exchange of information and ensure all of our holdings can be discovered and used, and reach as wide an audience as possible.
- Service: Provide expert staff to meet the needs of our users as quickly, effectively and efficiently as possible and to anticipate and address evolving research needs.
- Collaboration: Partner with colleagues in the UCLA Library, on campus, in our surrounding communities, and in the library and archives profession to build capacity and achieve common goals.
- Education: Teach others the significance of our cultural heritage and the importance of primary research skills and ensure our holdings are incorporated into all levels of the UCLA curriculum.
- Innovation: Develop creative, practical and flexible strategies to meet the challenges of the future by harnessing the best new methods and technologies.
- Leadership: Demonstrate Library Special Collections’s role as fundamental to the mission of the UCLA Library and the university by enacting and broadly promoting our mission and principles.