Using the Library

The Research Library is located on the northeast end of campus, adjacent to the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden. Structures 5 and 3 are the closest parking lots.

At This Location

  • ADA Stations
  • Cafe
  • Computer/Laptop Access
  • Laptop Lending
  • Lockers
  • Print, Copy and Scan
  • Research Help


Services & Resources

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    Research Consultations

    We can help at every stage of the research process. Schedule a consultation or stop by a help desk!
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    Map Reproduction

    Maps and atlases held in the Henry J. Bruman Map Collection can be reproduced by self-service copiers and scanners or by submitting a reproduction request.
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    Equipment Lending

    The UCLA Library provides technology services and shared equipment loans to UCLA students, staff and faculty in support of learning and research activities at seven Library locations across campus.
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    Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

    Our interlibrary loan (ILL) service enables Bruins to obtain materials not physically available in UCLA libraries.
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    Day-Use and Quarter Lockers

    Learn about the YRL day-use and quarter locker rental options.
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    Faculty Carrels

    Find out more about how faculty can reserve carrels on floors 3-5 of YRL.

More Information


The Charles E. Young Research Library (YRL) provides research-level collections and services in the humanities, social sciences, education, public affairs, government information and maps, primarily designed to support graduate students and faculty. Books, journals, newspapers, documents, microforms and digital files are collected worldwide, including materials in over a hundred languages.

Originally known as the "University Research Library" (URL), the building was designed by architect A. Quincy Jones (whose papers(opens in a new tab) are archived in UCLA Library Special Collections). The east half of the building opened to the public in 1964, but the library reached its full size when a second phase expansion was completed in 1970. In 1997 the building was renamed in honor of Charles E. Young(opens in a new tab), UCLA's longest-serving chancellor. Major internal renovations were made to the A-level in 2009 and the first floor in 2011, based on designs by Perkins and Will(opens in a new tab).

The Research Library's reference collection, housed in the first floor Reading Room, contains approximately 28,000 general and specialized volumes supporting research in the social sciences and humanities. Reference materials include encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, maps, biographies and biographical dictionaries, directories, bibliographies, census and government documents and literary and newspaper indexes. Explore the library's many reference materials via the Reference Sources research guide(opens in a new tab).

The Charles E. Young Research Library building also houses the Richard C. Rudolph East Asian Library, UCLA Library Special Collections, the UCLA Library Data Science Center, the Henry J. Bruman Map Collection and many of the central administrative units of the UCLA Library, including Library Administration, Library Development and Library Human Resources.

The UCLA Library is an official depository for documents produced by the US federal government, the California state government, municipalities in California, the United Nations and the European Union. Depository libraries receive copies of government documents for free in exchange for providing public access.