UCLA is internationally recognized for its outstanding academic resources and extracurricular facilities. All our students enjoy online access to the statewide University of California Library system, the Online Archive of California, and UCLA’s unique Film & Television Archive. Students may enroll not only in IS courses, but also in classes offered by top-ranked departments across campus, in areas such as computer science, design and media arts, medical informatics, museum studies, and more.

Reserving a room

Students, faculty, staff, and approved affiliates of GSE&IS can reserve rooms in the GSE&IS Building and Moore Hall. Room reservation instructions can be found at the GSEIS Calendars page.

IS Lab

The Information Studies Lab (IS Lab) is a hub of activity supporting the research, instruction, and professional development of students, faculty, and staff in the Department of Information Studies. This academic year marks the beginning of a multi-year strategic development project to enhance the IS Lab’s resources and services. Leveraging state-of-the-art technology and practice, the IS Lab acts as a liaison between academia and industry. It provides a constructive space for conducting cutting-edge research for publication in top academic journals. A key role of the IS Lab is to facilitate the acquisition of practical skills in support of the department’s curriculum to establish career pathways for our graduates and collaborative, grant- and industry-sponsored research opportunities for students, staff, and faculty.   Announcements, policies, and resources are posted on the IS Lab’s webpage ( In certain circumstances IS Lab policies necessarily may be amended. Please note effective dates.  The IS Lab’s four zones accommodate a variety of group sizes and activities. Zone A is suitable for larger group meetings, such as classes and workshops. In Zone B, members of the GSE&IS Community have access to computing resources, small group work spaces, and a reading area beside our library stacks. Zone C is home to our growing audio-visual transfer stations and a communal table for group work. Zone D is the perfect spot for a few people to settle in for a good read at any age; we invite our youngest community members to join us here for readings from our Children’s Book Collection. Be sure to book space in the IS Lab at least 24 hours in advance. To meet with the IS Lab Director, schedule an appointment during Office Hours. For help with course-related research, consult with our IS Lab Staff Monday through Thursday between 9am and 4pm.

MIAS-ScottReedSnowdenBeckerJanaGowanMoving Image Archive Studies MA students and MLIS students in the new Media Archival Studies specialization track work with Program Manager Snowden Becker to inspect and repair home movies during “Film Prep Fridays.” Part of the lead-up to Home Movie Day events at UCLA, Film Prep sessions give students the chance to observe and address preservation challenges for small-gauge film as they occur in actual family collections. Selected reels from the submitted collections will be digitized using the IS Lab’s small-gauge transfer equipment and posted to the Internet Archive, where the historic footage can be freely accessed by family members, researchers, and home movie scholars. Students pictured: Jana Gowan (MLIS/MAS, Class of 2017); Scott Reed (MLIS/MAS, Class of 2017).


IS Lab Hours

Winter 2020 (January 2 – March 20)

Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Holiday: CLOSED