UC Library Search

 

 

 

On July 27, 2021, the libraries on all 10 University of California campuses will be connected through UC Library Search, a unified discovery and borrowing system. UC Library Search features the following enhancements:

  • Search your home campus library collection as well as the collections of all 10 UC libraries in the same system;
  • Locate the full text of millions of print and online books, journal articles, and other content
  • Borrow and renew materials from any library in the UC system without retyping your library card number

The enhanced features of UC Library Search will replace Melvyl as the UC-wide library catalog search tool. As a single, unified system, UC Library Search offers powerful tools to help the UC Libraries make data-informed decisions around collections development and new services for library users.

Go-Live Date: July 27, 2021

 


 

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April 2021: UC Library Search: One University, One Library, One Discovery Tool

As one of the largest public university systems in the world, the University of California holds a vast collection of resources in its libraries. However, until now, each campus library used its own catalog, making it difficult for patrons to find items held at other campuses without using a separate search tool.

Beginning July 27, 2021, UC Library Search will bring all UC campus libraries together into the same system. UC Library Search will allow you to find resources from any campus quickly and simply, saving you time and effort. Additionally, you will be able to pick up UC Library materials from any campus, giving you the option to check out materials from the UC library closest to you. As an added bonus, UC Library Search will also enable you to find and request materials from outside the UC system using interlibrary loan.

 

For UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz:

UC Library Search expands the capabilities of your local catalog. The main difference is that you will no longer have to go through a separate system (Melvyl) to find and request items from outside your home campus. You will easily be able to see what you have borrowed, request extensions, and manage your account with a single login; you’ll no longer need to log into your local catalog, Melvyl, and Interlibrary Loan (ILL) separately.

 

For UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Merced, UCSF:

UC Library Search will replace your local catalog, and also features up to date tools for customizing your search and filtering your search results, along with improved citation tools. You will easily be able to see what you have borrowed, request extensions, and manage your account with a single login; you’ll no longer need to log into your local catalog, and Melvyl, and Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

Powered by ExLibris Alma/Primo, UC Library Search is the same system currently used by five UC campuses, the SUNY and CSU systems, as well as other consortia that include major research libraries such as Carnegie-Mellon, Northwestern, and the University of Washington. UC Library Search is the next step in the evolution of a unified UC discovery tool, and will enable greater collaboration between campuses in research and collections management.

 

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Last updated: April 5, 2021