The UCLA Library, a campuswide network of libraries serving programs of study and research in many fields, is among the top 10 academic research libraries in North America. The total collections number more than 12 million volumes, 100,000 current serial titles, and 700 subscription databases.
Reference librarians are available in all library units to answer questions about using online systems and to provide assistance with reference and research topics.
Students locate and identify materials through web-based library information systems. The UCLA Library catalog contains records for all its holdings and other campus collections, including the Archive Research and Study Center of the Film and Television Archive, Chicano Studies Research Center Library, Ethnomusicology Archive, Social Science Data Archive, Instructional Media Collections and Services, and William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. It also includes library item location and circulation status.
Other available catalogs include the UC Libraries Catalog (Melvyl), WorldCat, Center for Research Libraries, Online Archive of California, numerous abstracting and indexing databases, and gateways to other systems. The Melvyl Catalog contains information on library holdings at all 10 UC campuses.
While continuing to develop and manage collections of traditional printed materials, the UCLA Library also makes a number of digital resources available for campus use through the library site. These include electronic reserves and electronic journals, texts, reference resources, periodical indexes, and abstracts.
Housed in 1400 Public Affairs Building, the Arts Library has more than 300,000 books on architecture, architectural history, art, art history, design, fashion and costume, film, television, photography as fine art, studio art, theater, urban design, and allied disciplines. It also contains the Elmer Belt Library of Vinciana, a special collection of rare books and incunabula about Leonardo da Vinci and related materials in Renaissance studies. Performing Arts Special Collections, housed in the Young Research Library, contain noncirculating materials including the Artists’ File; archival records of major Southern California motion picture studios and television production companies; scripts from film, television, and radio; animation art; personal papers of writers, directors, and producers; photographs and production stills; and posters, lobby cards, press kits, and West Coast theater playbills.
Charles E. Young Research Library
The Young Research Library (YRL) primarily serves graduate research in the humanities, social sciences, education, public affairs, government information, and maps. Most of its collections are arranged in open stacks. The building also houses reference, circulation, graduate reserve, and periodicals services and the Microform and Media Service, with microcopies of newspapers, periodicals, and other materials. UCLA Library Special Collections contains rare books and pamphlets, primarily in the humanities, social sciences, and visual arts, from the fifteenth to twentieth century; University Archives; early maps and atlases; early California newspapers; manuscript collections; transcripts of oral history; ephemera; microfilm; tape recordings; prints; paintings; and drawings, including original architectural drawings.
Eugene and Maxine Rosenfeld Management Library
Located in the Anderson Graduate School of Management complex, the Rosenfeld Management Library houses materials on accounting information systems, arts management, business history, corporate history, entrepreneurship, finance, general management and management theory, industrial relations, international and comparative management, management information systems, management strategy and policy, marketing, operations, research, production and operations management, public/not-for-profit management, and real estate.
Hugh and Hazel Darling Law Library
The Darling Law Library collects published case decisions, statutes, and codes of the federal and state governments of the U.S. and other common law jurisdictions, legal treatises and periodicals in Anglo-American and international law, and appropriate international and comparative law holdings. The Law Library reports to the dean of the School of Law and contains over 600,000 print volumes and over 30,000 electronic titles.
Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library
The Darling Biomedical Library, located in the Center for Health Sciences, serves all the UCLA health and sciences departments and schools and the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Its collections focus on materials related to medicine, nursing, dentistry, public health, physiological sciences, biology, molecular biology, chemistry, biochemistry, zoology, plant sciences, psychology, and life sciences, as well as rare works in the history of health and life sciences, botanical illustration, and Arabic and Persian medical manuscripts. It contains over 683,778 print volumes and thousands of journal subscriptions.
The collections of the Music Library in the Schoenberg Music Building include books, music scores, sheet music, video and sound recordings, microforms, and interactive media on Western music history and criticism; world music styles, cultures, and traditions; and music theory, aesthetics, philosophy, and organology. Performing Arts Special Collections, housed in the Young Research Library, include rare printed and manuscript books, scores, and opera librettos; personal papers of prominent Southern California composers, performers, and writers on music; and archives of film, television, and radio music.
Powell Library features collections and services in support of the undergraduate curriculum in the College of Letters and Science (humanities and social, life, and physical sciences). Course reserve materials — including books, articles, audiotapes, homework solutions, lecture notes, and Academic Publishing Service Readers — are available for loan. The Campus Library Instructional Computing Commons (CLICC), located on the first floor of Powell Library, gives students access to computers and multimedia equipment; and Night Powell offers study space in a late-night reading room. There are Inquiry Laboratories with research assistance and Undergraduate Writing Center services.
Richard C. Rudolph East Asian Library
Located in the Young Research Library, the Rudolph East Asian Library collects Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language materials in the humanities and social sciences. The collection is particularly strong in Japanese Buddhism, religion, Chinese and Japanese fine arts, Chinese archaeology, premodern history and classical literature on both China and Japan, and Korean literature and religion.
Science and Engineering Library
The Science and Engineering Library (SEL) collections on engineering, mathematics, and the physical sciences are housed in two separate locations. SEL/Boelter in Boelter Hall houses materials on aeronautics, astronomy, and atmospheric sciences; bioengineering; chemical, civil, electrical, environmental, manufacturing, mechanical, and nuclear engineering; computer science and electronics; energy technology; mathematics; metals and materials; pollution; and statistics. SEL/Geology in the Geology Building houses materials on geology, geophysics, geochemistry, space physics, planetary science, regional geology, paleobiology, micropaleontology, invertebrate paleontology, ore deposits, geomorphology, hydrology, chemical oceanography, and all U.S. Geological Survey publications of western U.S. state geological surveys.