Here, you'll learn about:
- Introduction: The History of Powell + the Cluster Program
- Getting Started with the Library: Physical Technology, Software, and Applications
- Finding Support: Getting to Know Your Peer Research & Writing Specialists
- Accessing Resources: Research & Writing Support
- More Resources
The History of Powell Library
The first two buildings constructed at UCLA were Powell Library and Royce Hall. Each building was inspired by LA’s picturesque landscape and similarity to northern Italy, and George W. Kelman and David Allison modeled the buildings based on several Italian churches and basilicas. After the 1994 earthquake, careful and meticulous restoration ensured that Powell continues to be a multifunctional centerpiece of UCLA.
The Cluster Program
The UCLA Cluster Program is an innovative initiative designed to help freshmen successfully transition to UCLA. They are year-long, collaboratively taught, interdisciplinary and open to entering freshmen only. They offer 4 GE Credits, 18 units towards your degree, 3 quarters of honors credit, and a Learning Community, where you can build relationships with your fellow students, your TAs and your faculty.
2. Getting Started with the Library
CLICC (Campus Library Instructional Computing Commons) provides one week laptop lending. While supplies last, students can check out a laptop for a week (Mac or PC).
Short-term laptop circulation is also available. In Young Research Library, the laptop lending is located in the first floor Research Commons. In Powell Library, laptop lending is located on the first floor Night Powell.
If you are on campus, you'll automatically have access to UCLA Library resources when you use a campus internet connection. If you are off campus, you can still access millions of resources paid for by UCLA Library! You just need to set up the UCLA VPN.
Once you configure your computer for off-campus access to UCLA Library resources using a VPN or Proxy, you'll be able to access e-books, articles, music, videos, and more! Please visit our Remote Access guide for getting VPN configured with VPN or Proxy. We have instructional videos on setting up VPN for Mac and Windows.
Zoom is the video conferencing platform for almost all synchronous, virtual classes at UCLA. It's a really useful application and through your UCLA login you automatically have a licensed account!
As a Cluster student, your first stop for all things research and writing-related are the Cluster Research Guide. Each page is customized for your Cluster by your Peer Research & Writing Specialist and liaison librarian. Search for your Cluster’s guide by name or browse guides by subject.
Peer Research & Writing Specialist
Not sure where to start with an upcoming Cluster assignment? Or maybe you’re looking for feedback on a finished draft? The Peer Research & Writing Specialist are here to help students clarify their ideas, get started with research, and develop their voices.
We work through individual appointments to help students clarify their ideas, sharpen their use of language, and develop their voices in college-level writing.
We also host weekly drop-in office hours, no appointment necessary. We love answering quick questions about current and upcoming assignments, our own experiences with the Cluster program, our favorite study skills, and navigating university life as a first-year student.
Office hours and appointments will be announced via Bruin Learn—check with your Peer Research & Writing Specialist for more information!
If your course has required readings, see if they’re on reserve!
To access materials on course reserves, please click the link below to be taken to the course reserves search. You can then use the search filters to search for materials using the course’s name, instructor, code, or department.
You can also find Course Reserves in Canvas under the "Library Resources" menu.
Once you're done with research, you still might need help writing about what you've found; here are the Library and Cluster writing resources!