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Chicano Studies Research Center Library

Serving the UCLA and Chicano community since 1969

About Us

Chicano History Mural, 1970. Artists: Eduardo Carrillo, Sergio Hernandez, Ramses Noriega, and Saul Solache. © UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center.

Chicano History Mural, 1970. Artists: Eduardo Carrillo, Sergio Hernandez, Ramses Noriega, and Saul Solache. © UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center

     

History 

The CSRC emerged amid social protests against profound disparities in educational access for the Mexican-descent population in the United States. It was originally named the Mexican American Cultural Center (1969–71). The name was changed to the Chicano Studies Center in 1971 and then to the current Chicano Studies Research Center in 1980. The CSRC is one of four ethnic studies centers established at UCLA in 1969 that are now part of the Institute of American Cultures (IAC), which reports to the Office of the Chancellor at UCLA. The other centers include the Asian American Studies Center, the American Indian Studies Center, and the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies.

 

FUN FACTS

The CSRC Library is one of the longest-running and largest repositories of its kind.

It is the last stand-alone research library for Chicana/o Studies out of all the University of California campuses. 

It is one of ten library units on campus, outside of the main UCLA Library--and one of fourteen affiliated groups with an associated library.

Welcome to the Chicano Studies Research Center Library LibGuide! 

This guide is here to help students navigate all the services the Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC) Library has to offer, plus provides information about other Chicano/Latino-related resources to help students with their research on Chicano/Latino-related subject matters.

Things to know before getting started:

  • The library is both library and archive.
  • We hold 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.
  • You can find more information about collections, research topics, and course resources on the left-hand menu.

We are continuously adding more information, but if you have further questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at librarian@chicano.ucla.edu.

Library Services

  • Study spaces
  • Computer stations
  • Printing services
  • Access to books, music, maps, and other secondary sources (reading room only)
  • Research and reference support. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
  • Archival research visits. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY AND AT LEAST TWO (2) WEEKS IN ADVANCE
    • To learn more about our archival collections, please see our "Getting Started" page on the left side menu.
    • To schedule an appointment, please fill out our archival research application.

Questions? Email librarian@chicano.ucla.edu for assistance.

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