Special Archives and Collections
In addition to the extensive collections of the UCLA Library, a rich array of other information resources is independently managed by individual UCLA departments and centers.
Cultural Center Collections
The Bunche Center for African American Studies Library and Media Center contains materials reflecting the African American experience in the social sciences, arts, and humanities. The American Indian Studies Center Library houses a collection on American Indian life, culture, and state of affairs in historical and contemporary perspectives. The Asian American Studies Center Library/Reading Room features Asian American and Pacific Islander resources. Materials related to Chicano and Latino cultures are housed in the Chicano Studies Research Center Library. The William Andrews Clark Memorial Library contains rare books, manuscripts, and other noncirculating materials on English culture (1641 to 1800). The English Reading Room features a noncirculating collection of British and American literature, literary history, and criticism.
Instructional Media Collections and Services, located in Powell Library, is the central UCLA resource for collection and maintenance of educational and instructional media. Materials from the collection are loaned to regularly scheduled UCLA classes and may be rented by organizations and individuals from the campus community and beyond. Staff members monitor compliance with UCLA and UC guidelines and federal copyright law governing the use of video recordings. Reference books from educational and feature-film distributors are available. Staff members assist in researching media on any subject and obtaining materials from outside sources.
The Instructional Media Laboratory offers access to course- or textbook-related audio, interactive, and video programs. Students, assigned by faculty members to study specific supplementary materials, may learn at their own pace and time.
The Ethnomusicology Archive houses over 100,000 sound and audiovisual recordings of folk, ethnic, and non-Western classical music. The Social Science Data Archive contains a collection of statistical databases for the social sciences. The UCLA Lab School Gonda Family Library features contemporary materials for children from kindergarten through junior high school and adult works on children’s literature.