Q. How does the UC Merced Library help students?


The library's mission is to serve the academic needs of UC Merced's students, faculty, and staff. These needs generally fall into three categories: services, resources, and space.


  • Meet with a librarian to get help researching your topic for an assignment or class.
  • Use Interlibrary Loan to request books, articles, etc. from other libraries.
  • Get library or research questions answered by a library student assistant wearing the red shirt with the "i".
  • Take the Library Video Tour for an independent virtual tour.
  • Check out books and DVDs at the 2nd floor services desk.
  • Check out a variety of items for use in the library, like ethernet cables, flash drives, and portable whiteboards.
  • Surf the internet wirelessly throughout the library.


  • Most of our books are online, but our 100,000+ print books are shelved on the 2nd through 4th floors.
  • Popular Blockbuster-type DVDs are on the 3rd floor. Documentaries or other academic DVDs are shelved with books on the same subject.
  • Current issues of popular magazines (Scientific American, Sports Illustrated, The Economist, etc.) live in the green-carpeted room KL 355 (not on the shelves with books and DVDs). Older issues can be found online.
  • Access a plethora of information databases. Some are large, multidisciplinary databases; others are more focused e.g. video databases or psychology databases. Use the VPN to access the databases from off campus.
  • Use RefWorks to organize your research and create bibliographies.


  • Reserve a collaborative work room to study with a group or a meeting room to meet with your student club.
  • Study quietly in KL 460 or the McFadden-Willis Reading Room. 4th floor map
  • Socialize with friends in the Lantern (library first floor). When the weather is nice, we open the glass-paneled garage doors to convert the area into an indoor/outdoor space. 1st floor map


  • Last Updated Sep 09, 2015
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  • Answered By Elizabeth McMunn-Tetangco

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Comments (55)

  1. About the online books- can those be downloaded and viewed offline, or are they restricted to online-only?
    by Kian Bradley on May 17, 2012.
  2. I really want to win the $25 gift certificate so please pick me :).
    by Kou Her on May 17, 2012.
  3. Hello everyone, I will be a new student at UC Merced next year for fall 2012. I just have a few questions:
    Are we able to check out laptops or computers at the library? Also for long are we able to borrow the ipod touch and the flash drive? If UC Merced does not have a hard copy of a book, is it true UCM can order that particular book from another campus and we are able to check it out?
    by Vraj Parikh on May 17, 2012.
  4. Can't wait for all the time I can spend in the library. Wondering about the online library account.
    by Napoleon Madrid on May 17, 2012.
  5. give everyone that gift card!!
    by Jorge Perez on May 17, 2012.
  6. Hi, Im a incoming freshmen for fall of 2012. My question is is there a day when the libary will have a tutorial session or a day where the libary can show us how to acces all the resources the libary offers?
    by Yinja Lin on May 17, 2012.
  7. Can you actually check out the books? If so then how?
    by Lea Pacquing on May 17, 2012.
  8. Where specifically do we go to check out things like ethernet cables, flash drives, and portable whiteboards also, how large are the fines if we were to lose these items?
    by Victoria Manh on May 17, 2012.
  9. Does the library tend to be crowded on a daily basis?
    by Eric Chu on May 17, 2012.
  10. The library will become my new best friend. :)
    by Diana Hernandez on May 18, 2012.
  11. How do we borrow course textbooks?
    by Natalia Quiniola on May 18, 2012.
  12. re: course textbooks The UC Merced Library does not collect course textbooks so it is very important for students to buy their texts. However, sometimes a professor will use our Supplemental Course Resources program to make class reading available to you in the course management system or will sometimes use an ebook that we do happen to have. http://askus.ucmercedlibrary.info/a.php?qid=26350
    by Sara Davidson on May 18, 2012.
  13. re: #9 is the library crowded? It depends on the time of year and can depend on time of day. I know that it becomes very busy at exam time. It may also depend on an individual's perception of what is crowded. :-)
    by Sara Davidson on May 18, 2012.
  14. re: #6 library sessions
    Currently we do not have a generic workshop scheduled for the fall. We often give sessions with WRI 1 and WRI 10 classes to introduce students to the library's resources. If you want more information, feel free to contact a librarian when you arrive.
    by Sara Davidson on May 18, 2012.
  15. re: #8
    You can check out items like flash drives at the Services Desk on the 2nd floor of the library. We do not have fines. However, normally for lost items there are replacement costs.
    Map of 2nd floor East Wing http://ucmercedlibrary.info/images/stories/library_maps/Kolligian%20Library%20Second%20Floor.jpg
    by Sara Davidson on May 18, 2012.
  16. re: 7
    You can check out books at the Services Desk at the 2nd floor using your CatCard (when you get it) :-).
    Map of 2nd floor East Wing http://ucmercedlibrary.info/images/stories/library_maps/Kolligian%20Library%20Second%20Floor.jpg
    by Sara Davidson on May 18, 2012.
  17. re: #4 When at UC Merced, you will use your UCMnetID often (initial, last name, and possibly a number). This you can use to access accounts like your Interlibrary Loan Request Account and to log in from off campus location to library resources using the VPN. However, if you are on campus you do not need to do anything special to access the majority of online journals, ebooks etc.
    by Sara Davidson on May 18, 2012.
  18. #1 re: online books
    Your answer is actually "it depends". Some ebooks we have are in pdfs format and can be downloaded and viewed offline. Others may only be limited to online viewing depending on the vendor mode of delivery.
    by Sara Davidson on May 18, 2012.
  19. Hi, the library does not have laptops for checkout. We have some stand-up computers in the library which are first-come, first-served. There are some other computer labs on campus. The iPod Touch with the tour can be borrowed for 2 hours. Flash drives can be checked out for 4 hours. Yes, you can request Interlibrary loan for an item we have as an ebook. ILL will attempt to bring in a print copy for you to check out.
    by Sara Davidson on May 18, 2012.
  20. I love reading Can't wait to check out the library. I'll be there everyday!!! ;)
    by Desi on May 18, 2012.
  21. I will be attending this fall semester and I wanted to know if the library offers tutorial sessions just in case I don't understand a topic in one of my classes? Also, are there any online books that I can purchase?
    by Itzel Asyem Salmeron Portillo on May 18, 2012.
  22. How much is printing in the library?
    by Jennifer Rusas on May 18, 2012.
  23. What time does the library open and close? Is the schedule the same every day or is it different?
    by Eleanor Busito on May 18, 2012.
  24. This library looks very spacious and extremely conducive for studying... I'm excited to attend ucm and get my studyin' on :) woot woot.
    by Adanna Onyekonwu on May 18, 2012.
  25. Can students join study groups in the library? If so how will students know what study groups are meeting?
    by Destyni Murray on May 18, 2012.
  26. re: 21 tutorial sessions & online books The Bright Success Center on the west wing of the Kolligian Library building offers tutoring session for many classes. http://learning.ucmerced.edu/tutorials
    Depending on your class, you may have online book that can be purchased through the campus bookstore. Again, it will depend on what you are taking. :-)
    by Sara Davidson on May 18, 2012.
  27. re: 22 Here is information on printing costs.
    by Sara Davidson on May 18, 2012.
  28. #23 The library schedule is quite regular. However, we do have Exceptions posted too.
    See Hours http://ucmercedlibrary.info/hourscalendar/hours
    by Sara Davidson on May 18, 2012.
  29. re: #25 The Bright Success Center will be offering tutorials in the fall. This is where they have the schedule.
    http://learning.ucmerced.edu/tutorials Tutorials may meet in various places on campus.
    by Sara Davidson on May 18, 2012.
  30. Is the library open 24/7 for students to come in and study whenever they want to?
    by Catherine Witcher on May 18, 2012.
  31. I can't wait to study in the library.
    by Muhammad Choudhery on May 18, 2012.
  32. How would you go about reserving a room to study with others. And how many rooms are available?
    by Jessica Roque on May 18, 2012.
  33. What are the hours? How wide is the selection? And do we need a code if we want to download books onto iPads/iPhones?
    by Andrew Perez on May 18, 2012.
  34. Can anyone else go to the library or is it just for uc merced students?
    by viviana rojas on May 19, 2012.
  35. How do we download the online books?
    by Raquel Alvarez on May 19, 2012.
  36. Comment/Suggestion: 24-hour library study hall and computer access!

    Hello. I am an incoming freshman this Fall 2012. One of the interesting things I have experienced in a couple of universities (close to home) is their 24-hour library study hall and computer access. This is something I would like to see in UC Merced, if not yet in place. Why? For flexibility, especially for those who are involved in multiple organizations (athletics, music and arts, and the like) and the lack of time restraint will prevent an overflow of people during peak hours.
    Thank you.
    by CJ Arroyo on May 19, 2012.
  37. UC Merced's Library is awesome!
    by Justin Omaque on May 20, 2012.
  38. I'm looking forward to spending time at the library.
    by Livy Solis on May 20, 2012.
  39. The library was one of the best things I liked about UC Merced during my visit. It is such a wonderful place. I can’t wait until I get to spend my time there :))
    by Hawi Gemeda on May 20, 2012.
  40. Is there a way for student to be able to obtain notes for the professor's lecture?
    by Mary Pena on May 20, 2012.
  41. hello
    by Denise on May 20, 2012.
  42. Is the library often full? Do I have time to reserve a study group area?
    by Cherrelle Clark-Beasley on May 20, 2012.
  43. I think UC Merced is such a nice place and UCM Library! omg, it just seems amazing! I feel like it offers everything and it helps you to be much more successfull in education!
    Excited to be attending there this fall!
    God bless! :)
    by Stefanie on May 20, 2012.
  44. Most books can be downloaded as a pdf file on to your laptop. All the books in the UC system are shared through this system. Its pretty convenient so access to books is a lot easier.
    by Abraham Gonzalez on May 21, 2012.
  45. 25$ winner?
    by john on May 21, 2012.
  46. Thanks to everyone who has entered the drawing so far! A few answers to your questions:

    During fall and spring semesters, the library is open from 7:30am until midnight. The first floor of the library, the Lantern, is open 24/7 during finals. During the summer, we're open limited hours. To see our current hours, visit http://ucmercedlibrary.info/hourscalendar/hours.

    You can reserve a study room using the campus reservation system (CRS): http://crs.ucmerced.edu/index.php. There are 15 rooms available. For more information on the group study rooms (also called collaborative work rooms), visit http://ucmercedlibrary.info/about-the-library/library-rooms-and-reservations/collaborative-work-rooms.

    The library is open to the general public; they can visit the library, use the wireless internet, and read books and magazines on site. If they pay for a borrower account, they can also check out books and DVDs to take home (free to UC Merced students, faculty, and staff). However, only UC Merced-affiliated people have full access to all the library’s resources and services.

    UC Merced Library provides access to over 700,000 ebooks. Unfortunately, due to current technology and licensing limitations, libraries are unable to share ebooks with other libraries. So, for example, UC Merced students can’t access UCLA ebooks and UCLA students can’t access UC Merced ebooks. Print books, however, are frequently shared between libraries using a service called interlibrary loan.

    To access the library’s ebooks, you will need to be on the campus network (by being on campus OR off campus but logged in via the VPN http://ucmercedlibrary.info/tech-help/connecting-from-off-campus). To view ebooks on on your iPad/iPhone, you may need to download an app like Bluefire Reader.
    by Teal Smith, UC Merced Library on May 21, 2012.
  47. Can electronics be checked out from the library?
    Are a professor's lecture notes available for review?
    by Cailin Antoniuk on May 21, 2012.
  48. I'm excited to experience the library.

    25$ Gift Card?
    by Kimberly Giron on May 22, 2012.
  49. The library looks very promising. And all those books...WOW. I'm excited to attend.
    by Krystal Crater on May 22, 2012.
  50. re #47 (Cailin)
    Perhaps you are wondering about checking out laptops, ipads, etc.? We don’t check these items out in the library, but if you bring your own devices you can use them to connect to the campus network and get access to all of our online resources.
    by UC Merced Library on May 22, 2012.
  51. well this is defenitely better than my high school's library, can't wait to come in august
    by Patrick De Luna on May 22, 2012.
  52. $25 gift card!:)
    by Devin McCormick on May 22, 2012.
  53. Would the library be open all day and night during finals week in order to cram for finals?
    by Roberto Naranjo on May 22, 2012.
  54. help a lot thanks
    by Salvador on May 23, 2012.
  55. Looks like a fantastic resource!
    by Desiree Coles on May 24, 2012.

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