Academic Year 2020-2021

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

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).

The library provides online access to thousands of research sources, including article databases, electronic journals, and electronic books. During the COVID-19 pandemic, you also have temporary access to millions of digitized books through the HathiTrust Digital Library.

Article Indexes and Research Databases 

Electronic Journals

HathiTrust Digital Library Emergency Temporary Access Service

Appointment-based Access to Special Research Collections

UCSB Library Special Research Collections (SRC) offers limited research appointments in SRC’s Reading Room for users 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.

Graduate Student Bookable Space in the Library

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

Pickup and Mailing Service

Circulating materials from the Main Library and Music Library can be requested from UC 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.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is again borrowing books from other libraries. 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 users are asked to only request books that are needed for their research. The books will be delivered via the current pickup and mailing service. When placing requests through our online forms, enter your library account number found at the bottom of your Access Card (21205 followed by your perm# and two zeros). For help, email

Subject Librarians

Subject librarians are here to help you with your research and are happy to meet with you by appointment on Zoom. We also encourage you to contact your subject librarian with recommendations for materials for the Library’s collections. 

Course Reserves

Many instructors place material on reserve so that all students in the course have access to it. As of the start of fall 2020, Course Reserves are limited to electronic reserves. The library can either scan from library collections or accept your electronic files for Course Reserves. All requests should be submitted via the online Course Reserves system. For help, email For questions about Music Library Electronic Reserves materials, please email

Library Instruction

To request a library instruction session or to have a librarian create a research guide for your class, contact your subject librarian or use the online request form. If you are a Teaching Assistant, librarians can also show you library resources and searching techniques that you can share with your students. 

Scholarly Communication

Librarians offer consultations and presentations on author rights, open access policies & publishing, data management plans, eScholarship (UC’s open access repository and publishing platform), and more. The library also administers an Open Access Publishing Fund for authors who want to make their research free to readers immediately upon publication. See more about Scholarly Communication at UCSB Library. 

Services for UCSB Library Users with Disabilities

The UCSB Library has specialized services for users with disabilities