If you need a book or journal article that the UCLA Library does not own or is lost or missing, you can make an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request and we will try to get it for you. Use the form linked on this page. There is no cost for making an ILL request, but you should allow one or two weeks for the item to arrive. Journal articles will most often be sent to you as a link to a pdf scan in your email.
When searching for books in the UC Library Search catalog, here are a few strategies to start with:
Powell Library Floor Maps. Books with call numbers A-QA are on the first floor Book Stacks. Books with call numbers QC-Z and oversize books (with an * preceding the call number) are on the ground floor of Powell Library.
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. You can request materials from anywhere in the world using the Interlibrary Loan service—you don't even have to specify where it's coming from—but it may take weeks or months to get here, and extremely rare materials may not be available for loan.
The UCLA Library provides access to the full-text of many dissertations through our subscription to ProQuest Dissertations & Theses. The link to full-text does not always appear in the UCLA Library Catalog or on the page. If you find a reference to a dissertation (often in an article database), the best strategy is to go to the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses website and search for the Document title. If the full-text is available, there will be a link to click on.
Master's theses are usually only available at the institution where they were written. They may be requested on interlibrary loan.