Academic Year 2020-2021

There are many ways the Library can provide you with expert help and services during this time of remote instruction.

Accessing Materials

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).

Pickup and Mailing Service

Circulating materials from the Main Library and Music Library can be requested from UCSB Library Search as part of our Pickup and Mailing Service. If you are in need of a non-circulating item that is held by the UCSB Library, please fill out this form. Library staff will evaluate the item to determine whether it can be made available for pickup, mailing, or to view by appointment in Special Research Collections.


The Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) provides lawful access to digitized items in HathiTrust that correspond to physical books held by UC libraries when that book is not currently available due to the temporary disruption in service. The service will be maintained as long as Library stacks are closed and circulation is mediated.

“Temporary Access” books can be read -only online, and not downloaded or printed. Those restrictions are in place based on the Terms of the Service and HathiTrust’s (and the University of Michigan’s) understanding of copyright law.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) will begin borrowing books from other libraries again on Monday, October 19. Starting October 12, requests for physical loans submitted by faculty and graduate students will be processed by ILL staff. The Library is operating with limited on-site staff, so faculty and graduate students are asked to only request books that are needed for their research. The books will be delivered via the current pickup and mailing service.

Recalling Books

Library staff can initiate recalls of books that are currently checked out. To request a recall, patrons can contact

Temporary Access to Academic Resources

This guide provides links to collections of books, films, and other academic library resources that have been made available online for purposes of teaching and research for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis. These are temporary online resources; once we are past the COVID-19 crisis, and the UCSB Library is again open, we can expect to lose online access to most of these materials.

Recommend a Purchase

Have something you'd like to see the library buy and add to our collections? Submit a purchase request or contact your subject librarian. When the book is received, the requestor will receive a notification.

As a faculty member at UCSB, you have access to nearly all materials in the vast University of California library system, plus all the services offered by the UCSB Library.

Research Support

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. 

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.

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. 

Teaching & Course Support

Course Reserves

We are currently accepting electronic course reserves only for fall quarter. 

Faculty can:

  • Upload your own electronic files to the Library’s Course Reserves system
  • Request that the Library scan and upload materials from our collections
  • Request that the Library purchase ebooks for Reserves (if not available, the Library can purchase print books for scanning) 
  • Drop off your own text(s) for scanning on Tuesdays between 1-4 p.m. or Fridays between 9 a.m.-noon 

All requests should be submitted via the online Course Reserves system. For help, email

Although online textbooks for purchase by libraries are limited by publishers, your subject librarian may be able to help you locate a title you're looking for. 

Kanopy streaming licenses for individual films are available for all courses at this time. Faculty/instructors should submit requests via the Library's Course Reserves System. Follow these instructions. There is a limit of 9 films per instructor per quarter.

For questions about Music Library Electronic Reserves materials, please email


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: 

Streaming Audio & Video for Courses

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

Films in the Library's collection can be made available for course viewing in GauchoSpace. Faculty should contact Instructional Development to place requests:

For films that the Library does not own, Kanopy streaming licenses are available for all courses at this time. Faculty/instructors should submit requests via the Library's Course Reserves System. Follow these instructions. There is a limit of 9 films per instructor per quarter.

Accessing the Library Building

Appointment-based Access to Special Research Collections

Starting October 6, UCSB Library Special Research Collections (SRC) will offer limited research appointments in SRC’s Reading Room for UCSB faculty and graduate students to access on-site SRC materials that are not available online and non-circulating materials from the Main Library and Music Library that are not available via the pickup and mailing service. UCSB Library remains closed for general walk-in use. For instructions on how to request an appointment, please see this page.

TA Instructional Space in the Library

The Library has a limited number of individual rooms available to Teaching Assistants, in order to facilitate their online instruction. Rooms can be booked at this link.

Student Study Space in the Library

The Library does not have a date when we will be able to open for general student study. Once approved, we will offer reserved seating in a limited section of the Library, in compliance with all county and campus health guidelines.

Scholarly Communication & Research

Apply for Open Access Publishing Funds

The UCSB Open Access (OA) Publishing Fund supports authors who want to make their research open to readers immediately upon publication. After applying and being approved, eligible authors will be reimbursed for article processing charges (APCs) for articles published in eligible journals. 


UCSB is a member of the Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) U.S. Community. The membership is supported by the Library.

ORCID iDs are persistent identifiers that distinguish you from other researchers. ORCID iDs link your research outputs and activities and is integrated into many systems used by publishers, funders, institutions, and other research-related services. ORCID iDs are FREE. View our guide on ORCID.

Library Happenings

Workshops & Events  

The Library hosts virtual events, workshops, and exhibitions. View the calendar of upcoming events.

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