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Reserves, Periodicals and Microform

Reserves, Periodicals and Microform is located on the Fourth Floor, East Wing of the Library. 
Phone:  (818) 677-3282

Service Desk Hours

Course Reserves

Course Reserves are instructor-selected materials put on reserve for a specific course. Course Reserve materials include electronic files, library-owned materials, including textbooks, and instructor-supplied materials (copies of articles, books, sample tests, etc.). You may search by instructor or course number to locate Course Reserves for a particular class. Videos and music course reserves are located in the Music & Media department on the second floor.

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Periodicals and Newspapers

Current and Electronic Periodicals & Newspapers

The library subscribes to over 45,000 electronic journals, magazines and newspapers, and nearly 1,600 print journals. Recent issues of magazines and journals are shelved in call number order. Back issues of newspapers are retained for several months; retention length differs with each title. Back issues of some newspapers are available on microform.

You can find magazines, journals, serials and newspapers the Library subscribes to by Browsing Journals in OneSearch. If you have difficulty finding or obtaining a particular issue or volume, ask for assistance at the Reserves, Periodicals & Microform service desk, or the Reference desk.

Searchable online indexes and full-text access to electronic periodicals are available through resources listed on Databases A-Z. Print indexes to periodical articles, newspaper articles, reviews and other newsprint items are located in the Reference Room and in the ASRS.

Bound Periodicals

Older issues of magazines and journals are bound into volumes and are stored in the ASRS. Sign In to OneSearch to request stored volumes or ask at the Reserves, Periodicals & Microform service desk for assistance; stored periodicals will be delivered to Guest Services on the first floor.


Almost all microform titles are stored in the ASRS, please ask for assistance at the Reserves, Periodicals & Microform service desk. The microfilm of the Los Angeles Daily News and its predecessors are located within the department.

To determine if the Library has particular material on microform (microfilm, microcard or microfiche), perform either a subject, title, periodical title or author search in OneSearch. If you need assistance finding materials, please visit the Reserves, Periodicals & Microform service desk. Published guides to microform materials are available in Reserves, Periodicals & Microform.

The Reserves, Periodicals and Microform department has two ST Viewscan machines for viewing and scanning microforms. Scans can be converted to PDF and image files such as TIFF or JPEG. Scanning is free. We also have one Minolta machine for viewing.