Remote Resources & Services for UCSB Library Users

The Library is closed in accordance with the Governor's statewide shelter-in-place order. No faculty card access is being provided as had been previously communicated before the Governor's order was issued.

There are many ways the Library can provide you with expert help and services if you are studying or working remotely.

Ask a Librarian

Use the “Ask a Librarian” chat window to submit questions at any time for 24/7 immediate assistance. This is a cooperative service, so you may be chatting with a librarian from another academic library. You can also submit your questions via our email reference service and UCSB librarians will respond to you within one business day. 

Book Returns & Fines

Book return drops are closed. Patrons should hold on to Library materials and we are working on extending all due dates to June 15. There will be no overdue fines during this time. 

Course Reserves

Faculty should contact educational publishers to find out about any free content currently on offer to support online instruction. Faculty can upload materials to the Library’s Electronic Reserves system for students to access. When available, the Library will purchase ebooks (but not textbooks) to put on Reserve. For help, email cres [at] library [dot] ucsb [dot] edu.

For questions about Music Library Electronic Reserves materials, please email music [at] library [dot] ucsb [dot] edu.

Kanopy streaming licenses are available for individual films for Course Reserves (out of classroom viewing) in all courses at this time. Requests must be submitted by Faculty/Instructors via the Online Course Reserves System (ARES). Follow these instructions.


Datasets and other resources that usually require in-person visits to the Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory will be uploaded to Box when possible. Email library-collaboratory [at] ucsb [dot] edu

Digital Collections

Access digitized primary source materials from UCSB Library’s Special Research Collections.

Electronic Books & Full-Text Articles

You can find electronic books and articles through UCSB Library Search. After you perform a search, use the “Show Only” facet in the left-hand menu to limit to “Online Resources.” You can also browse specific electronic book collections. When using Article Indexes or Research Databases, look for options to limit to full text or click on the UC-eLinks button to check for full text online.


Librarians can provide faculty with online instructional assistance with Library resources and services, such as:

  • Synchronous Zoom presentations
  • Recorded lectures using GauchoCast
  • Monitored discussion forums in GauchoSpace / Nectir
  • Research guides for your course
  • Online office hours 
  • Information literacy activities and resources

To request online instructional support from a librarian, please use the Instruction Request Form a minimum of two weeks before your desired date of integration. A librarian will promptly contact you to review what can be made available to your class. 

Existing online instructional resources from UCSB Library: 

Interlibrary Loan

Articles and book chapters from other libraries can be requested and delivered electronically through Interlibrary Loan. ILL service may be delayed or disrupted, however, due to the majority of other research libraries also being closed. For help, email library-ill [at] ucsb [dot] edu.

Online Library Resources for Teaching During the COVID-19 Crisis

Librarians have compiled this guide with links to library resources that are available for teaching and research during the COVID-19 crisis. Some of these are temporary, but should be available to you through the end of Spring Quarter, and perhaps longer. 

Remote Access to Library Databases 

You can access our many subscription research databases from off campus using either the proxy server or the Virtual Private Network (VPN).

Streaming Audio & Video

UCSB Library provides access to audio streaming databases as well as several streaming video collections

Kanopy streaming licenses are available for individual films for Course Reserves (out of classroom viewing) in all courses at this time. Requests must be submitted by Faculty/Instructors via the Online Course Reserves System (ARES). Follow these instructions.

Subject Guides 

View our collection of subject guides - they’re a great place to get started with research. Our librarians have developed guides that focus on a specific subject area and include links for databases, websites, recommended books, and other resources relevant to that subject area. 

Technical Support

The Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory staff are available to troubleshoot standard campus technologies remotely. Email library-collaboratory [at] ucsb [dot] edu for assistance. 

Virtual Research Consultations

UCSB students, faculty, and staff may schedule a virtual research consultation with a subject librarian for assistance with their research needs. A librarian will contact you by email to set up a session using Zoom. 

Questions & Contact 

Additional questions? Email ask [at] library [dot] ucsb [dot] edu.

Do you have other needs or ideas for how the Library can help you remotely? Send us your suggestions.