Archive for the ‘Night Powell’ Category

Einstein’s Dreams

Friday, May 10th, 2013

UCLA Library’s Teaching and Learning Services and Powell Library are delighted to announce the opening of:

Einstein’s Dreams, an exhibit designed and curated by Design|Media Arts department chair, Willem Henri Lucas, featuring the best work created by students in his Winter 2013 DESMA 25: Typography class.

The project was based on the book “Einstein’s Dreams” written in 1992 by Alan Lightman. The book is a fictional collage of stories dreamed by the young Albert Einstein as he’s creating his theory of relativity, a new concept of time. The student project was to design the back, spine and front cover (with eight different limitations) of the book, and the typography for one chapter, using the Times New Roman font.The work of this class, presented on nine large 44 x 64” posters is a design process in eight steps, and shows there is an enormous complexity to design and typography, especially when it is combined with geometric shapes and forms, and the use of color and imagery.

Listen to a 2-minute interview with Prof. Lucas on designing the exhibit:

The exhibit can be viewed in the Night Powell Reading Room on the first floor of Powell Library. Catch a sneak peek of the exhibit in the photos below.

This is the second exhibit in a new “Visible Learning” initiative launched by Teaching and Learning Services to showcase undergraduate achievement.  Special thanks to Catherine Brown for her outreach efforts, Michael Elliott for installing the posters, Janine Henri for facilitating interaction with DMA, and Brenda Williams for keeping us on track.

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Take a guided tour of the College Library in the historic Powell Library Building

Learn about the best places to study, see where you can get help with assignments, papers and projects, and find out about other services and resources.

Tour Dates:

  • Friday, September 21: 11:00-11:30am; 2:00-2:30pm
  • Monday, September 24: 10:30-11:00am; 3:00-3:30pm
  • Wednesday, September 26: 10:00-10:30am; 2:00-2:30pm
  • Friday, September 28: 12:00-12:30pm

Sign up at True2 Bruin Welcome Week.

Space is limited to 20 participants per tour

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.

Happy New Year!

Monday, January 9th, 2012

The College Library staff welcomes you back to Campus!

We look forward to helping you this year!




College Library Makes the List

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

The 25 Most Beautiful College Libraries in the World

The college library, whether ornate or modern, digital or dusty, is in many ways the epicenter of the college experience — at least for some students. It is at once a shining emblem of vast, acquirable knowledge, a place for deep discussions and meetings of the mind, and of course, a big building full of books, which, as far as we’re concerned, is exciting enough. Colleges and universities are understandably quite proud of their libraries, which can be a selling point for prospective students and donating alumni alike, and they often become the most well-designed and beautifully adorned buildings on campus. To that end, and perhaps to inspire your studies a bit, we’ve collected a few of the most beautiful college and university libraries in the world, from Portugal to France to Boston. Did your alma mater’s library make the list? Or did we miss one of your favorites? Let us know in the comments.

Housed in the historic Powell Library building, the Powell (College) Library has been an inspiration for students since 1929, when the original 137,000-square-foot structure was built in 1929. One of the first two buildings on UCLA’s Westwood campus, Powell Library was constructed in an adaptation of the Lombardian type of Italian Romanesque architecture. Moorish touches were added to the design to reflect the extensive Spanish influence in the history of Southern California. Throughout the building many symbols of truth, wisdom, and knowledge can be found: the griffin, the caduceus, the serpent, the owl of wisdom, Alladin’s lamp, and the pine cone. Below the first landing on the main staircase is a mosaic which shows two men holding a book bearing the legend, from Cicero’s Pro Archia, “Haec studia adulescentiam alunt, senectutem oblectant…” (“These studies stimulate the young, divert the old.”)

Powell Library is named after Lawrence Clark Powell, who was UCLA’s University Librarian from 1944-1961.

Library Hours for Veterans Day Holiday

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Library hours for holidays are always important, especially with papers due just around the corner.

The libraries at UCLA will be open. Please, look at the exceptions column of our hour pages, to see the appropriate time we open and close.

Click here to see the UCLA libraries hour pages.

Click here to go to the College Library hours page.

Click here to see Night Powell hours.

UCLA History – Towell

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Towell standing in for Powell during the seismic upgrade back in 1992 thus being called (Towell) Temporary Powell Staging Facility.

From 1992 to 1996 Towell was Powell to many students. A canvas and aluminum tent structure painted yellow and white with exposed fasteners to keep it up.

The structure was at the bottom of Janns steps between the Students Activities Center and the dance building.


Photo courtesy of UC Regents


Photo courtesy of UC Regents



Click here to read about this piece of UCLA history.

Ackerman Open Longer Starting Fall 2011

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Extended hours are expected at Carl’s Jr., Bruin Buzz, Curbside and Game on starting fall quarter. The hours will be till 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, though the store on the ground floor will close at 11 p.m.

If not occupied by student groups, the second and third floors will also be open for students wishing to study late into the evening.

This is being entirely funded by Ackerman profits, which amounts to $12,000, not by an increase of student fees.

Click here to read the article by Basheer Alas,  courtesy of the Daily Bruin.

Encyclopedia of Religion, 7th ed.

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Encyclopedia of ReligionThe Encyclopedia of Religion is the newest edition of the Dartmouth Medal-winning resource by Macmillian.  It is considered the standard work in the field and was chosen as one of Library Journal’s most important reference works of the last millennium. 

The 15-volume set includes over 3,300 articles by more than 2,000 experts around the world.  Highly recommended by the Anthropology, Philosophy & Religious Studies and Sociology groups. 

Encyclopedia of Religion, 7th ed. (Gale/Cengage) and seven other reference books in the area of religious studies such as Contemporary American Religion and Encyclopedia of Buddhism.

SEL/Chemistry Frequently Asked Questions

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Why did the SEL/Chemistry Collection close?
Please see the University Librarian’s Blog.

Where do I find the SEL/Chemistry Collection materials now that the collection is closed?
Materials will remain in SEL/Chemistry Collection while relocation decisions are being made. Search the UCLA Library Catalog for specific title information. If the title has not yet been relocated, please request the item(s) in person at SEL/4697 Geology.

SEL/Chemistry OPAC records display the location as:   “Request in person at SEL/4697 Geology – (shelving loc. in Chemistry)

 We will be paging SEL/Chemistry material to SEL/Geology on an hourly basis, Monday – Friday 9:00 am- 4:15 pm.

Where do I return my SEL/Chemistry Collection material after June 30, 2010?
Return materials preferably to another SEL Collection, or to another UCLA Library unit.

How do I renew my SEL/Chemistry Collection material?

On the UCLA Library Catalog, use My Account to renew library materials.

Where do I find my chemistry and physics class reserve materials?
SEL/Engineering and Mathematical Sciences Collection (8270 Boelter Hall) or search Course Reserves.

Where can I find a place to study?
The newly renovated SEL/Research Commons (8251 Boelter Hall), SEL/EMS Collection (8270 Boelter Hall), and SEL/Geology-Geophysics Collection (4697 Geology).

Whom do I contact about an SEL/Chemistry overdue, recall, or bill?Anthony Ragan
SEL/Geology-Geophysics Collection
4697 Geology Bldg.

Where do I submit my chemistry or physics class reserve lists?Submit class reserve lists to:
Cathy Wilson

SEL/Engineering and Mathematical Sciences Collection
8270 Boelter Hall

How do I contact the SEL/Chemistry & Physics Librarian?
Elaine Adams