Research Assistance Guidelines

Main Office: A255 Murphy Hall (310) 825-1501 voice, (310) 825-9656 fax
Proctoring Center: A242 Murphy Hall (310) 825-2651
Research Assistance Services (310) 825-1501

UCLA’s Center for Accessible Education (CAE) is mandated by Federal and State law and University policy to provide academic support services to regularly enrolled students with documented permanent and temporary disabilities.

The UCLA Library is committed to providing access to library materials, programs and services for individuals with disabilities. Please refer to “Services to Library Users with Disabilities.” This document describes the library’s efforts to accommodate students with disabilities and recent physical access features included in many library locations. It is the intent of the library and the CAE to have your library research needs met by utilizing the library as independently as possible.

Qualifying for Research Assistance

The CAE can assist regularly enrolled students by providing a more comprehensive and individualized approach to research assistance based on the students disability. In order to initiate service, students must register with the CAE and provide documentation of their disability. To register with the CAE, make an appointment with the appropriate CAE Disability Specialist mentioned below:

  1. Students with a learning disability, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, psychological disability or an acquired brain injury must meet with a CAE Learning Disabilities Specialist.
  1. Students with Physical, Visual or Health-related disabilities must meet with a CAE Advisor.

Your meeting will consist of the Disability Specialist assisting you with completing the CAE Information Sheet, reviewing your documentation, discussing your eligibility for services, and determining which service meets your disability-based needs. Should you qualify for the CAE’s Research Assistance, you will be asked to fill out a request sheet and make an appointment to meet with the Auxiliary Services Coordinator or Assistant Director, Relations and Services. You must meet with your Disability Specialist every term to initiate this service.

How the Service Works

A Research Assistant can help you with acquiring research materials throughout UCLA’s libraries.

  • In working with the Research Assistant it is always best to provide a written list of those items that need to be obtained from the Library. The Research Assistant can photocopy (all copying is done at your cost) and check out materials to assist you. The library will provide your Research Assistant with an application for a proxy card. This card enables your Research Assistant to check out books from the library on your behalf.
  • Library and other research materials may be rendered into alternative formats.
  • It is the responsibility of the CAE student to review and sign the Research Assistant’s timesheets. All CAE service providers are paid hourly. Timesheets should be signed in a timely manner so that they can be submitted to the CAE by the due dates.


Confidentially is extended to all students receiving services from the CAE. CAE staff and service providers are required to keep all student-related and assignment-related information strictly confidential.


The key to a successful term is for all people to take responsibility for their part in the service. If there are any problems or concerns contact the Auxiliary Services Coordinator or Assistant Director, Relations and Services immediately. Remember, communication is the key to success!

If you would like this information in an alternative format, contact the Center for Accessible Education at (310) 825-1501 or (310) 825-9656 (fax).