We Are Open to the Public Monday Thru Friday, 1-5pm

Anyone, regardless of affiliation, can come to the SRLF to view or photocopy circulating or “building use only” SRLF material. A valid UCLA library card is needed to check out circulating material, but all you need is a valid picture ID to view most items in our reading room. If you are a UCLA student, faculty member, or staff member, your BruinCard is your library card.

Our Facility

The SRLF reading room is open Monday thru Friday, 1pm-5pm year-round. As our stacks are closed to the public, all material is retrieved for users by SRLF staff. Our library services are limited; reserves, extensive reference services, and morning and after-dark reading room hours are not available.
Services and equipment available at the SRLF include the following:

  • A Reading Room that accommodates eight people.
  • Two public terminals for UCLA Library Catalog and Melvyl catalog access.
  • One debit card-operated photocopy machine.
  • One debit card-operated microfilm/microfiche reader/printer.
  • A debit card dispenser (cash only).
  • There is no reference librarian on site, however staff members are available to assist in searching the UCLA Library Catalog for items stored in the SRLF.

Please Note: Material designated “non-circulating” in the UCLA Catalog cannot be viewed at the SRLF. It must be requested and viewed at the owning library. Follow instructions on the catalog record.

Tips for a Successful Visit

  • Know what you are looking for: consult with your institution’s reference staff to make sure that the item you are interested in is at the SRLF, is not restricted (i.e. non-circulating), and is available to view. If possible, obtain reference numbers such as OCLC numbers, SRLF barcodes, or UCLA Library record id’s before your visit.
  • Obtain borrowing privileges prior to your visit: the SRLF cannot issue or activate library cards, so if you think you might want to borrow the item(s) you are viewing it is best to obtain a card before coming to the SRLF. For more information on obtaining a library card go to UCLA Library - Library Cards.
  • Parking is a challenge: no parking is available directly at the SRLF for on-site users, so plan for a small walk from the nearest parking lot. Please see our Parking Information section to find out more.
  • If you plan to make photocopies: all reprographic equipment at the SRLF is operated with a debit card that can be obtained on-site. The card dispenser only accepts cash and does not give change, so bring smaller-denomination bills if you plan to make only a few copies.


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