NOTICE:  In response to COVID-19, we will not be offering face-to-face instruction sessions at this time. Librarians are available to provide online instructional support, in synchronous and asynchronous formats. To request online instruction from a librarian, please complete the form below a minimum of two weeks before your desired date of integration.     


UCSB Library – Instruction Policy

UCSB Librarians offer a variety of options for integrating library research skills into your course. Please review the list below, and select accordingly.

General Library Orientation: Due to overwhelming demands for library instruction, all library instruction sessions must be linked to a research assignment (see Assignment-based Instruction). For general library orientation and assistance in using library resources, please refer students to:

  • UCSB Library Subject and Course Guides provide overviews of the major library tools and resources for specific majors and subject areas

Meet Your Librarian: If you would like to invite a librarian to come to your classroom for a brief introduction, please contact your Subject Librarian directly. 

Assignment-based Instruction Session: If you are interested in a 50 min or 75 min instruction led by a Subject Librarian in a library classroom or computer lab, please review the Library Instruction Best Practices for Faculty & Instructors.

Please observe the following additional requirements:

  • Requests for instruction sessions made less than 2 weeks in advance will not be filled
  • Faculty/Instructors must be present during the sessions
  • Library instruction sessions will not be scheduled during the first week of a quarter
  • Instruction sessions must correspond to a specific research assignment or project; students must have topics chosen or narrowed to the point that they are ready to do hands-on research

To request an Assignment-based Instruction Session, please use the form below.

Request Form: Assignment-based Instruction Sessions

Requests are filled on a first-come basis; in the event that library classrooms are already booked, you may be asked to reserve a computer lab elsewhere on campus. Instructions will be provided to you at that time.

If our librarians are unavailable, you may wish to direct students to a relevant Subject Guide.

For questions regarding a class you have already requested, please send an email to

Library lecture dates and times are not reserved until confirmed by a librarian instructor.

All required fields are marked with one red asterisk (*).

(i.e.: WRIT 2)
Library Session Details
Type "Library" if you want to meet in the Library.