UC Library Search is a tool that you can use to find books, articles, media, and more. This page tells you how to do simple and advanced searches, sign into your library account, and request items from other libraries if we do not have them readily available. If you have any questions Ask a Librarian for help!
With UC Library Search you can find and borrow materials from UC Libraries quickly and easily. As of July 27, 2021, the libraries on all 10 University of California campuses were connected through UC Library Search, a unified discovery and borrowing system.
With UC Library Search, you are able to:
Search UCSB’s local library collection and all 10 UC libraries’ collections in the same system;
Locate millions of print and online books, journal articles, and other content;
Borrow and renew materials from any library in the UC system using only your UCSB NetID and password.
NOTE: There is currently an issue with logging into My Library Account if you are using the proxy server. If you plan to log into your account, do not log into the proxy server before coming into UC Library Search.
My Library Account provides access to current Loans, Requests, Fines & Fees, and Blocks and Messages.
To access My Library Account, select “Sign in” in UC Library Search at the top of the screen.
UCSB Students, Faculty and Staff: Sign in with your UCSB NetID and password.
Community Users: Sign in with the barcode number from your UCSB Library borrower's card and your password.
NOTE: On first use, you will need to contact the Services Desk to have them set a password for your account.
After signing in, select your name to display the “My Library Card” link
|Loans||Requests||Fines + Fees||Blocks + Messages||Personal Details|
The "Loans" box shows all the books and other materials that you have checked out from the Library.
You can use the "Renew All" option to renew your books, or you can renew just specific items.
NOTE: To renew Interlibrary Loan materials you need to use the My ILL system.
The "Requests" box will show the status of any items that you have requested through UC Library Search.
NOTE: To check the status of Interlibrary Loan requests, you need to use the My ILL system.
The "Fines + Fees" box will show if you have any outstanding fines or fees due to the Library.
NOTE: A list of common charges and how to pay any bills related to library loans can be found on the Fines and Fees page.
|The "Blocks + Messages" will show any blocks on your account or messages that need your attention.||
Use the "Personal Details" link to edit your personal information in your library account.
We highly recommend that you:
1. Keep your contact information up to date.
2. Opt in to receiving all the reports from the system.
Be sure to always log out of your session. This is especially important if you are using a shared computer such as one of the public computers in the library.
Logging out is a 2-step process:
1. Click on the Log Out icon
2. Close the browser
NOTE: If you do not close the browser after logging out, the next person may be able to log into your account. Protect your privacy -- always close the browser after logging out!
The search box on the UCSB Library website directs you to the Simple Search for UC Library Search by typing a title or one or more words into this search box will return results that contain all or part of your specified terms.
Once you have been directed to your results from the UCSB Library website, you will find this Simple Search box remains at the top of your screen.
When typing into the Simple Search box from the top of your screen, you will be given a drop down menu where you can choose from a variety of scoping options.
Articles, Books, and More: Everything provided by all UC Campuses plus other libraries
UCSB Library Catalog: Resources only from UC Santa Barbara
UCSB Course Reserves: Resources reserved for courses offered at UC Santa Barbara
UCSB Special Research Collections: Resources only from UC Santa Barbara Special Collections
UCS Discovery Network: Resources from all University of California Libraries.
UC Library Search also offers an Advanced Search option. Use this search to build more advanced search statements and limit your results to specified parameters.
You can find the link for UC Library Advanced Search under the search box on the UCSB Library website.
Use the facets on the left side of the results screen to narrow your search.
If you have identified an item that is checked out, or not available at UCSB, you will first need to sign in.
Next, select the link for Interlibrary Loan.
Enter your library card/account number, which is the number listed on the bottom of your UCSB Access card below the barcode.
After you submit the form and the item has been sent from elsewhere, it will be available for you at the Services Desk. The library will notify you when it is available for pick up.