Presented by the CSRC in collaboration with the UCLA Music Library, this exhibition highlights the Strachwitz Frontera Collection, the world’s largest repository of commercially produced Mexican and Mexican American musical recordings.
La Raza, a documentary produced for the series Artbound on KCET, a public broadcasting network, is currently streaming online. The film extensively utilizes images from two special collections at the CSRC: La Raza Photograph Collection and La Raza Newspaper and Magazine Records.
For Hispanic Heritage Month in 2017, the CSRC Library announced two online exhibitions produced in partnership with Google Arts & Culture: Gronk: Speaking in Many Artistic Tones and Joteria: Documenting Queer Latinx in L.A.  (Image: Gronk on the set of “Ainadamar,” 2005, UCLA CSRC)
Rotating exhibitions drawn from CSRC collections are on display inside the library and in the vitrine at the entrance. Exhibitions are free to the public.
The Chicano Studies Research Center's achievements in activism, education, outreach, publication, and service on pressing issues facing the Chicano and Latino communities are called "truly exemplary."


Established in 1969, the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Library was the first library in the United States to focus on the Mexican-descent population. Today, the CSRC Library is considered to hold among the most important national and international research collections in existence on the Chicana and Chicano experience. It continues to serve the needs of students and faculty at UCLA and around the world. In 2012, the CSRC's "significant achievements in activism, education, outreach, publication, and service on pressing issues facing the Chicano and Latino communities" garnered it the first-ever Diversity Award from the Society of American Archivists.

The Library's holdings consist of monographs, periodicals, subject files, dissertations and theses, as well as original prints by Chicana/o artists, films, videotapes, audio recordings, slides, and over 160 archival and manuscript collections. Of special note are holdings of monolingual and bilingual English and Spanish newspapers and journals published throughout the southwestern U.S. from the nineteenth century onward. The UCLA Library Research Guide for the CSRC provides more information.

If you wish to access one of our special collections, please submit an Archival Research Application before you visit so that we may retrieve your materials in advance. If you are interested in reproducing library materials for publication or broadcast, please visit the Services page for instructions and forms.  Please note: CSRC Library materials may not be checked out. They may be used in the Library, and most may be photocopied.


Monday - Wednesday, Friday*
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and by appointment
Closed Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday
*For an appointment contact librarian@chicano.ucla.edu.
144 Haines Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1544



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The CSRC Library is committed to housing materials that highlight the rich and diverse past and contemporary cultures of people of Mexican descent. If you are interested in donating a collection or making a financial gift, please contact us. Find out more.