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September 30, 2022

The UCR Library provides a broad array of resources and services to support UCR faculty and teaching assistants.

We don’t just view you as a patron but as our partner in advancing research and learning across UCR. Use this page as a guide on how to use the UCR Library to support your research and teaching. 

Place materials on course reserve for your class

  • You can place your print books, textbooks, ebooks, streaming media and other course materials on a reserves list accessible through UC Library Search so your students have an alternative to purchasing those items. Read Put Materials on Course Reserves for more details and instructions.  

Instructional support 

  • Our Teaching and Learning Department can help your class by teaching them information literacy skills designed with your specific course in mind. They can also design course research guides and are available for consultations that can help determine the appropriate library instruction or workshop for your course needs. Learn more on our Instructional Support webpage 

Request a purchase 

  • If you would like to request a single book to add to our collection, you can fill out our Suggest a Book form. For other library material requests – including two or more books, journals, or databases, you can email 

Contact us 

  • UCR Library staff are available to answer your questions via text, email, or you can request a one-on-one consultation with a librarian and get your research, collection, or teaching questions answered. You can also use the Chat with Us feature on our website. Visit our Ask Us webpage for more details.  

Special Collections & University Archives (SCUA) resources and support 

  • SCUA offers many services to help you access and interact with SCUA materials. You can request a hands-on SCUA collection-based learning experience for your course, request reproductions of materials, schedule a research consultation with a librarian or archivist, view materials in the SCUA reading room, and more. Visit for more information.  

Open access & publishing tools 

  • Between UC and UCR local arrangements, we have several open access discounts and agreements with publishers. If you do not know if we have an agreement with a journal you would like to submit your research to, ask us. Find out more information on our Open Access Fees, Discounts, and Agreements libguide

Data services

  • We can help you plan what happens to your research data before, during, and after your research project. We also provide workshops and instructional materials on working with data and can identify and provide access to major data sets. Find out more on how we can help you better manage your data at our Manage Your Data webpage 

Digital scholarship 

  • Our Digital Scholarship Team, in collaboration with our Teaching and Learning librarians, can partner with you on integrating digital tools into your courses. They also provide training on tools for research, teaching, and publishing through UCR Library workshops and by request. More information can be found on our Support for Digital Scholarship webpage 

GIS/geospatial mapping support 

  • The UCR Library supports UCR faculty, and their students, interested in geospatial mapping. Our Geospatial Information Librarian holds GIS/Geospatial Meetups and workshops each quarter and is available for one-on-one consultations. You can also find computers with GIS software in the Orbach Science Library along with reference books for GIS, maps, and atlases. Learn more on our Geospatial Mapping webpage 

Creat’R Lab 

  • As a member of the UCR community, you have access the Creat’R Lab. The Creat’R Lab is an inclusive, state-of-the-art makerspace open to the UCR community. The Creat’R Lab offers 3D printing, sewing machines, virtual reality, media equipment, and more! See all that the Creat’R Lab has to offer on our Creat’R Lab Makerspace webpage. 

These are just some of the ways we support faculty at the UCR Library. Please contact us if you have any questions on the ways we can support you.