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Chicano Studies Research Center Library

Serving the UCLA and Chicano community since 1969

CSRC Librarian/Archivist

Computers and Printing

Can anyone use the computers? 

Yes! The computers are available to everyone. You simply need a UCLA Logon ID (for students, this is your My UCLA login information) to log in.

Can I print at the library? 

Yes! We offer free printing, up to 50 pages per quarter.

What printer do I use? 

The printers name is KIOSK - CSRC LIBRARY.

How many pages can I print? 

50 pages per quarter.

Can I add money to my account to print more? 

No. We are not on the printer system that the UCLA Library and main campus use. As such, we do provide free printing. See above.

Getting Started

Welcome to the Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC) Library Research Guide!


This guide is here to help students navigate all the services the CSRC Library has to offer. The library is both library and archive. We holds thousands of primary and secondary source materials on and offsite. The library's secondary sources—books—are located in the library stacks, which are open to browse but not check out (they do not circulate). The archives are stored offsite at the Southern Regional Library Facility (SRLF) and require advance notice to bring them onsite for research. Find out more information on how to use the library services under "Frequently Asked Questions." Below are links to relevant databases and online resources to help you get started. You can also find more information about collections, research topics, and course resources in the left-hand menu. We are continuously adding more information, but if you have further questions, please don't hesitate to contact the CSRC Library!

How to Find a Book

How can I find out if the CSRC Library has a book?

All of our holdings are cataloged through the UCLA Library. You can also run a search on Melvyl, which provides information about articles, books, journals, and other materials held by UCLA, other University of California (UC) campuses, and libraries worldwide. (This is important to note when you need to do Interlibrary Loan--see question below.) A search on the UCLA Library Catalog will only look at assets held at UCLA. However, both will give you the exact location of the item.

Can I check out a book?

No. We are a special library and many of our books are rare. As such, our books don't circulate. BUT you are welcome to browse the stacks and pull books out to reading during regular business hours.

What is Interlibrary Loan and how can I use it?

If there is a book you want that isn't available at the UCLA libraries or is but doesn't circulate (like our books) you can check Melvyl to see if the book is available at another library. If the book is available at any other library, you can request the item be sent through interlibrary loan to a UCLA Library. Melvyl will also let you know if an item is available online AND lets you search by zip code to see whether the item you are looking for is near you at any library, period. Pretty cool, huh!? See Interlibrary Loans to learn more.​

How to Use the Archives

How can I find out what collections the library has?

You can search for collections on the UCLA Library Catalog.

You can also search for collections on the Online Archive of California (OAC). The OAC provides "free public access to detailed descriptions of primary resource collections maintained by more than 200 contributing institutions including libraries, special collections, archives, historical societies, and museums throughout California and collections maintained by the 10 University of California (UC) campuses." That means you will not only find information about collections we have but also collections other affiliated institutions might have regarding your research topic.

See a full list of the finding aids available for collections at the Chicano Studies Research Center Library.

What is a finding aid?

Finding aids, also known as finding guides, registers, or inventories, are tools created by the archivist to help you navigate archival and manuscript collections. A finding aid describes and details the organization and contents of a collection. - SDSU Library, the definition from their helpful tutorial

Can I come to the library and see the archives right away?

No. All of our archival collections are stored off-site at the Southern Regional Library Facility. It can take up to two weeks to arrive.

How can I request materials?

Please fill out an Archival Research Application specifying what collections and boxes you would like to request.

Please note it can take 48-72 hours for us to place your request and respond to your application. Once a request is placed, it can take up to two weeks for materials to arrive. This is why we ask you in the application to request an appointment date at least two weeks in advance. If the materials arrive before the two weeks wait period, we will send you a confirmation email when your materials arrive and you can come to view the materials.

Need more help? Have more questions? Contact the CSRC Librarian, Xaviera Flores.