Ask a Librarian (Reference Services)

Need help finding information? Can't figure out how to begin your research? Ask a Librarian! Virtually any question, always expert answers! Schedule an appointment, chat or email us. Feeling adventurous? Try ANTswers, the UCI Libraries' Interactive FAQs application.


  • Chat reference available round-the-clock! Real-time, chat reference service is provided by reference staff from various academic libraries. UC Irvine librarians will follow up with additional information if needed. Access to licensed online material requires the software VPN with the Group set to UCI Full.

  • UC Irvine students, faculty and staff may schedule a 30 minute consultation with a reference librarian to focus on your research needs or visit us during our in-person drop-in hours and ask us how to find materials and conduct research. 


  • Email a librarian! A response is guaranteed within 24 hours Monday through Friday (excluding holidays and the Winter Administrative Recess).  Please check the UCI Libraries hours calendar for holidays and recesses. 
  • For more information see the Service guidelines.


  • Our usual business hours are Monday to Friday 9 am - 4 pm excluding holidays.
  • If we're away from our office, please leave your name, contact phone number, and brief description of your research needs.
  • We will respond within 1 to 2 business days.

Subject Librarians

  • Find your subject librarian.
  • Contact your subject librarian.


  • Your UC Irvine Libraries Virtual Assistant! ANTswers is an experimental chatbot that answers questions about the UC Irvine Libraries and will save you time by quickly and efficiently connecting you to the information or resource you need. Help us refine and grow the ANTswers database.

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