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Photography in Library Special Collections

Access to Print Resources (as of 3/20/20)


As part of UCLA's transition to remote instruction, and the Library's necessary decision to close all Library locations, access to print resources and special collections is not available. Please take advantage of electronic resources such as ebooks and article databases. The UCLA community can connect to these online resources off-campus via the VPN or proxy server. Interlibrary loan is still available for electronic journal articles; however, ebooks cannot be borrowed on interlibrary loan. You can also temporarily access digitized print books via HathiTrust, although you cannot download or print these books--only do screenshots.

The library is also extending access to our print collection beyond what's available in HathiTrust through the Pilot Emergency Temporary Digititzation on Request Service (PETDOR). Please review the PETDOR FAQ for guidance on using this service. 

For help with any of our resources, please schedule an appointment with a librarian (audio/video Zoom appointments available), contact your subject librarian directly, or use our 24/7 chat service.    



UCLA Library Special Collections’s photographic collections are wide-ranging and include the works of many of the most celebrated practitioners, excellent examples of a variety of 19th century historical photographic processes, and extensive documentation of the greater Los Angeles area.

It should be noted that some of the photographic collections are not searchable online. This guide describes strategies for finding photographs in collections through the Online Archive of California (OAC) and UCLA Library Catalog, as well as using the card catalog and paper finding aids in the Ahmanson-Murphy reading room in the Charles E. Young Research Library.

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