The Charles E. Young Research Library 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 from around the world, 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 are archived in UCLA Library Special Collections). The east half of the building opened to the public in 1964, but the library didn't reach its full size until the completion of a second phase expansion in 1970. In 1997 the building was re-named in honor of Charles E. Young, 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.
The Charles E. Young Research Library building also houses the Richard C. Rudolph East Asian Library, UCLA Library Special Collections, and many of the central administrative units of the UCLA Library, including Library Administration, Library Development, and Library Human Resources.