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Chicano Studies Research Center Library

Serving the UCLA and Chicano community since 1969

How to Find a Book at the CSRC

Where 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.​

Library Catalogs (UCLA, UC-wide, and Others)


Other places to find book, audio, video, and other secondary sources:

In Los Angeles:
  • Los Angeles Public Library provides free and easy access to information, ideas, books, and technology that enrich, educate, and empower every individual in our city's diverse communities.
Online companies that provide eBooks, audiobooks, DVDs, and/or CDs for free or through your local library:
  • Hathi Trust is a partnership of academic and research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.
  • Hoopla is the digital service and leading provider of entertainment media products and services: DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, and shelf-ready solutions, to public libraries across North America for over a quarter of a century. 
  • Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.
  • Overdrive is the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide. We are dedicated to creating “a world enlightened by reading” by delivering the industry’s largest catalog of ebooks, audiobooks and other digital media to a growing network of 50,000 libraries and schools in 78 countries.