Established in 1969, The Chicano Studies Research Center Library was the first library in the United States to focus on the Mexican-descent population. Today, the Chicano Studies Research Center Library is considered to hold among the most important national and international research collections in existence on the Chicano and Chicana experience. It continues to serve the needs of students and faculty at UCLA and around the world. In 2012, the Chicano Studies Research Center's "significant achievements in activism, education, publication, and service on pressing issues facing the Chicano and Latino communities" garnered it the first-ever Diversity Award from the Society of American Archivists.
The library's holdings include:
- 141 processed archival collections
- 122 rare book and special collections
- Over 4,700 linear feet of primary source materials
- Over 17,000 books and monographs
- Over 120,000 digital objects
- Over 1,500 periodical titles
- Over 2,500 these and dissertations on microfilm
- Over 1,300 audiovisual recordings and films
- Over 1,000 posters, including original prints by Chicano/a artists
- Over 1,500 vertical subject files and more!
The library's services include:
- Study space perfect for group activities or quiet reading (Large tables and sofa chairs!)
- Open stacks—however, materials do not circulate e.g. they can't be checked out
- Five public computers and two scanning stations
- Microfilm reader
- DVD/VHS viewing equipment
- Up to 50 sheets of free printing (So 50 pages one-sided, or 100 pages double-sided)
- One-on-one library and/or archival instruction by appointment or walk-ins welcome
The library also provides class instructions and tours by appointment.