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Not what research libraries are…what they will be.
A research library for the 21st century, the University of California, Merced Library is not only a center for study, collaboration, and research on campus, but also a digital information portal providing researchers with online and physical access to one of the largest library collections in the world.
The UC Merced Library, home to 102,000 physical books, is a multi-purpose building allowing for both quiet study and group work. Collaborative workrooms are located throughout the building and can be reserved online. The peaceful McFadden-Willis reading room is open for study and quiet reflection. Wireless and hard-wired computer network access is available in all Library spaces.
The Library’s two dedicated rooms for instruction regularly host classes in addition to workshops and seminars. UC Merced librarians take an active role in student learning and frequently collaborate with faculty to improve student information literacy. Students may also request one-on-one meetings with librarians for research help.
The UC Merced Library website connects students, faculty, and staff with a highly dynamic collection of information resources, including online journals, books, and tools to help facilitate and streamline all areas of academic inquiry. Our diverse blend of physical and digital resources provides point-of-need information for researchers both on and off campus. Connection to the campus virtual private network (VPN) ensures easy access to library holdings, both in the physical building and from off-campus.
Using the UC MELVYL catalog, members of UC Merced’s vibrant research community can request rapid delivery (often within 24 hours) of books and articles from any UC system library or from other libraries worldwide as part of our comprehensive inter-library loan service. The UC Library system houses over 37 million volumes. The UC Merced Library is also actively involved in creating digital access to materials of cultural significance and works with faculty to digitize, manage, and preserve resources used for teaching and research.
As an information nexus, the Library works with California Digital Library to provide instant, around-the-clock access to an unequaled collection of more than:
- 94,402 online scholarly journals
- 582 reference databases
- 852,622 online books
- 160,000 U.S. government documents
- 1.75 million+ digital images representing works in architecture and the visual arts