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Library Closure December 21 – January 1

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

UCLA Library facilities will be closed from Saturday, December 21, 2013, through Wednesday, January 1, 2014, as part of the campuswide Winter Holiday Closure.


The online hours webpage is being updated to reflect hours for all campus libraries before the holiday closure.

The libraries will reopen and a full schedule of operations will resume on Thursday, January 2.

Returning Items

Due dates have been changed so that no items will be due during the closure period. However, if you would like to return items between December 21 and January 1, universal return locations are accessible from the exteriors of the following libraries:

Reference Assistance

Reference assistance by email or by telephone will be unavailable between December 21 and January 1. UCLA students, faculty, and staff who send email inquiries or leave telephone messages during the closure period will receive replies starting on January 2; queries will be answered in the order in which they were received.

Other Online Resources

The following online resources will be available for remote access. Note: users must access resources restricted to UCLA or UC students, faculty, and staff through the campus network, Bruin OnLine (BOL), or the BOL proxy server.

  • Melvyl: This UC-wide catalog will be accessible throughout the closure; however, requests for items from other campuses may not be processed between December 21 and January 1.
  • Databases
  • E-journals

Edible Book Festival

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Enter your edible creations in this fun contest!

Powell Library East Rotunda
Thursday, April 5
Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Now in its fourth year, this festival celebrates the consumption of books in all ways and honors the late Judith Hoffberg, donor of much of the Arts Library’s artists’ books collection.

Individuals, departments, and groups from across campus are invited to create an entry for the festival.  Entries will be judged in a variety of categories including Best Student Entry, Most Creative, People’s Choice, and Best Tasting.

Find contest details, photos from previous years, and more on Facebook.

Sponsored by the UCLA Library and the Library Staff Association

Click here for the entry form.



Hello! You got Google!

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Yes, Google Gmail and UCLA are hooking up and the guinea pigs are incoming freshman and transfer students with most current undergrads coming on board as of fall of 2012. Graduate students will have to wait till this transition takes place.

Seems this is a worthwhile match since most students are having trouble or don’t even use their current UCLA email. Also, UCLA doesn’t have to pay for it since they a contract with Google that is UC wide.

Having Google as their primary email for use enables the students to access the many apps that go along with this great service engine. The two that come to my mind would be the google docs and google calendar.

Click here to read this fantastic article by Tisha Nangia courtesy of the Daily Bruin.

Library Prize for Undergraduate Research

Friday, February 24th, 2012

The Library Prize for Undergraduate Research recognizes and honors excellence in undergraduate research at UCLA. If you are a current UCLA undergraduate student and can answer “yes” to the questions below, your project may be just what the selection committee is looking for!

  • Did you use the UCLA Library collections for a research project or paper you completed for a course?
  • Were there library resources that you came to know well and to appreciate because of your research?
  • Did your skills as a researcher grow because of your use of library collections?
  • Did pursuing your research using library collections and services help you to increase the scope, depth, and significance of what you learned?

Application Deadline

The application deadline for the 2012 prize is Wednesday, March 28.

Prize Categories and Amounts

The following four cash prizes will be awarded:

  • Best in the Lower Division – $650
  • Best in the Upper Division – $650
  • Best Research using Library Special Collections – $350
  • Best Research using Library resources related to Los Angeles – $350
Click here for the application procedure.
Click here for the FAQ’s.

Give me my Ebook!

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Just read in the daily bruin that text books are going to be available electronically. Well, about time!

As the cost of publishing keeps rising, tuition going up, and student fees on top of all that,
buying a book from Amazon or Ackerman is sometimes a decision
to eat or read to a student.

I guess we all were waiting to see what Apple would do, and now that they are on board,
others are ready to join.

The California textbook company Chegg said they are ready to put books online to be bought or rented.
Chegg has already digitized nearly 40, 000 books that students can highlight, comment, and take notes of what they read.
Electronic textbooks are the future for two reasons: price and convenience. Prices of print books is sky high and lugging
around two or three textbooks for your classes is a heavy burden compared to throwing your iPad or smart phone into your back pack.

Save me the future back pain.

If you don’t believe me, click here, to read the article by Jake Greenberg, courtesy of the Daily Bruin.

College Library Reference Exhibit – The Global Environment

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012


Students enrolled in course GE 1ABC – The Global Environment can find research topic ideas in the College Library Reference resource exhibit
on the second floor of the Powell Library Building near the reference desk.

Stop by and take look and/or ask for assistance from the reference desk staff.

We look forward to seeing you!


Cuff, David J. The Oxford Companion to Global Change. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. Print.

Encyclopedia of Environment and Society. Thousand Oaks, Calif: Sage Publications, 2007. Print.

Encyclopedia of Geography. Thousand Oaks, Calif: Sage Publications, 2010. Print.

Encyclopedia of Global Change: Environmental Change and Human Society. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print.

Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change. Los Angeles, Calif: SAGE, 2008. Print.

Europa Publications Limited. The Environment Encyclopedia and Directory. London: Europa Publications, 1994. Print.

Grzimek, Bernhard, American Zoo and Aquarium Association, and Gale Group. Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia. Detroit: Gale. Print.

Grzimek, Bernhard, and American Zoo and Aquarium Association. Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia. 2nd ed. Detroit: Gale, 2003. Print.

Sage Publications, inc. Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change. Thousand Oaks, Calif: SAGE Publications, 2008. Print.

Schreurs, Miranda A. Historical Dictionary of the Green Movement. 2nd ed. Lanham, Md: The Scarecrow Press, 2007. Print. Historical dictionaries of religions, philosophies, and movements no. 80.

The Encyclopedia of Weather and Climate Change: A Complete Visual Guide. Berkeley; Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2010. Print.

The Oxford Companion to Global Change. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. Print.

Library Closure December 22 – January 2

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

UCLA Library facilities will be closed from Thursday, December 22, 2011, through Monday, January 2, 2012, as part of the campuswide Winter Holiday Closure.


The online hours Web site has been updated to reflect hours for all campus libraries before the holiday closure. The telephone recording at          310.825.8301       also provides information on current hours.

The libraries will reopen and a full schedule of operations will resume on Tuesday, January 3.

All About Women!

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Writing a paper on feminism or women in society?  Need information on issues affecting women nationally and/or internationally? 

If so, the current reference resources display in the Main Reading Room of the College Library may be of help.  Women in literature and politics, gender and society are a few of the subjects covered in these titles.

Come to the second floor of the Powell Library Building for a look.  The display is directly west of the reference desk.