Library News and Events

  • June 22, 2016

    The latest edition of the University Library Newsletter is out!

    Read the full Spring 2016 newsletter.

    Subscribe to the newsletter to have it delivered directly to your email inbox!

  • Photograph of Telescope
    June 9, 2016

    New Special Collections & Archives Exhibit:
    Reading Nature, Observing Science: Examining Material Practices in the Lick Observatory Archives and Kenneth S. Norris Papers

    On View June 8 - October 1, 2016 in McHenry Library, 3rd Floor

    Curated by the 2015-2016 CART fellows: Danielle Crawford, Alex Moore, and Christine Turk.

    The Center for Archival Research and Training (CART) integrates primary source materials more fully into the teaching and research mission of the university by providing hands-on experience for graduate students, while enhancing access to archival collections. CART has been generously supported by the Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor.

    Also see the digital companion to the physical exhibit.

  • We will be closed
    June 7, 2016

    The library will be closed Wednesday June 15, 2016 at 2pm for the Campuswide Electrical Power Shutdown. 


    See the full library hours schedule for more information.

  • Open late
    June 1, 2016

    The library will have extended hours for final exams June 2 - 9, 2016.

    June 2        8am - 3am
    June 3        8am - 12am
    June 4        8am - 12am

    June 5        8am - 3am
    June 6        8am - 3am
    June 7        8am - 3am
    June 8        8am - 3am
    June 9        8am - 8pm

    Please see the library hours page for more information on library hours.

  • Pause for Paws
    May 31, 2016

    Final therapy dog event of the year. Stop by for some puppy love!

    Sunday, June 5th 2016, 5:00-6:00pm, McHenry Library 

    Monday, June 6th 2015, 6:30-7:30pmScience & Engineering Library

    Sponsored by the University Library and Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)

  • Rainbow Tile Image
    May 25, 2016

    Wednesday, September 14, 2016

    Please join the UC Santa Cruz University Library to explore the potential for building digital exhibits and using online tools for digital storytelling. This day long symposium will consider the value of curating digital exhibits, communicating with online audiences, and implementing new digital assignments in the classroom. We will also offer hands on workshops that can help you get started. By reorienting the conversation around digital exhibit building away from specific platforms, we will explore the process of building research projects online from inspiration and incubation to sustainability and preservation.

    Find more information, and register!

  • Sorry we will be closed
    May 21, 2016

    The library will be closed Monday, May 30th for the Memorial Day holiday

    See the full library hours schedule for more information.

  • Citation Workshop
    May 19, 2016

    Wednesday, May 25, 2016 7-8:30pm

    McHenry Library, Room 2359


    Citation: a crucial practice to help you avoid plagiarism

    Citation Styles: MLA primarily, as well as Chicago and APA

    Learn: in-text citations, footnotes, endnotes, and a bibliography

    See: a brief demo of the free citation management tool Zotero

    Snacks provided!


    Sponsored by the Oakes Westside Writing Center in partnership with the UCSC Library Student Advisory Council (LSAC)


  • Reading Nature, Observing Science: Examining Material Practices in the Lick Observatory Archives and Kenneth S. Norris Papers
    May 2, 2016

    Congratulations to Alex Moore, Christine Turk and Danielle Crawford, graduate fellows in the library's Center for Archival Research and Training Program (CART).  The students won the Graduate Dean’s Award at this year's Graduate Research Symposium for their poster "Reading Nature, Observing Science: Examining Material Practices in the Lick Observatory Archives and Kenneth S. Norris Papers."   See the list of all Graduate Research Symposium Awardees.

    More information about the CART program and next year's fellowship opportunities is available on the Special Collections and Archives page.

  • Equity, Growth and Community -- book cover
    May 1, 2016

    UCSC Professor publishes groundbreaking Open Access book through Luminos, the UC Press Open Access Scholarly book publishing platform.  


    Chris Benner, Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies, along with Manuel Pastor of University of Southern California published their book Equity, growth, and community : what the nation can learn from America's metro areas through Luminos, the University of California Press Open Access Publishing Platform. [The] central messages of our book – that equity and opportunity are key for sustainable growth, that cross-sector conversations can bring new common ground, and that data deliberations in knowledge communities can forge productive solutions – are all really reflected in the open-access model Luminos is helping to pioneer. It’s a perfect fit for us and we’re proud to be part of this effort."


    Learn more about Luminos

  • April 27, 2016

    Join us for the 12th Annual Graduate Research Symposium!

    When: Friday, April 29th at 1:00pm

    Where: McHenry Library (Directions)





    For more information, please visit the UCSC Events Calendar.

  • March 28, 2016

    The Global Village Cafe by Amazon Juices is now offering online ordering.

    Check out the menu and place your order!

  • Other Minds Piano
    March 24, 2016

    Other Minds -- the accalimed San Francisco-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of new and experimental music has donated it's archives to the University Library. 

  • Data server
    March 22, 2016

    On Saturday March 26, 2016, ITS systems engineers will be performing critical maintenance to update infrastructure components supporting Library servers.

    The work is scheduled to begin a 10am and last for two hours. 

    During this time, access to the library services below will not be available:

    • Library website
    • Off-Campus Access
    • Digital Exhibits
    • Grateful Dead Archive Online
    • Gail Project 


  • Clock image
    March 22, 2016

    Due to planned electrical system maintenance, the libraries will close early on Monday, March 21st at 2pm.

    Spring Break Hours:

    Thursday, March 17 8am-8pm

    Friday, March 18 8am-5pm

    Saturday, March 19 Closed

    Sunday, March 20 Closed

    Monday, March 21 8am-2pm

    Tuesday, March 22 8am-5pm

    Wednesday, March 23 8am-5pm

    Thursday, March 24 8am-5pm

    Friday, March 25 Closed

    Saturday, March 26 Closed

    Saturday, March 27 Closed

    More information can be found on the library hours page.

  • March 15, 2016

    The Library will be open for extended hours March 10-16.  

    Extended Hours for Finals

    March 10th     8am - 3am
    March 11th     8am - 12am
    March 12th     8am - 12am
    March 13th     8am - 3am
    March 14th     8am - 3am
    March 15th     8am - 3am
    March 16th     8am - 3am
    March 17th     8am - 8pm

    March 21st     8am-2pm - Closing early for scheduled electrical maintenance

    Break Hours
    March 18 - 27

    Mon. - Friday     8am - 5pm
    Saturday and Sunday  Closed

  • PIEnstein image
    March 10, 2016

    Monday, March 14th


    Special Collections and Archives

    3rd Floor, McHenry Library

    Come join us for a celebration of Albert Einstein’s birthday, Pi Day (3/14), and pie! We will have several items from Special Collections and Archives on display, including a handwritten letter by Einstein, photographs of astronomical work on solar eclipses supporting his theory of relativity, artists’ books, and more! Cookies will be served, to be enjoyed outside of the reading room. See you there!

  • Pause for Paws
    March 7, 2016

    Final exams got you down? Stop by for some puppy love!


    Sunday, March 13th 2016, 4:00-5:00pm, McHenry Library 

    Monday, March 14th 2015, 6:30-7:30pmScience & Engineering Library

    Sponsored by the University Library and Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)

  • Steelcase Brody installation
    February 25, 2016

    The library is hosting an installation of the Steelcase Brody individual workspace from February 22nd to March 4th on the main floor of the Science & Engineering Library.

    We are soliciting feedback from members of the UCSC community who have tried it on for size. Please take this brief two minute survey and let us know what you think.

  • Screenshot of Universal News Program
    February 16, 2016

    Supplement your research or enhance your course list with an online video! Take advantage of the online videos available to you as a UCSC faculty, student or staff member.

    • Alexander Street Press History Collection: Streaming site includes key documentaries, commercial and governmental newsreels, public affairs and archival footage. Areas of focus include Trade and Exploration, The American Revolutionary Era, The American Civil War, Imperialism and Colonialism, World War I, The Jazz Age, The Post-World War II Era, The Sixties, Women’s History, Black History, and International Newsreels.
    • Kanopy is a streaming video service featuring many educational, documentary, and feature films from the silent era to the present day, as well as television series. Clip making and playlist tools are included for creating excerpts for course materials. 



  • Amazon Juices logo
    February 16, 2016

    The Global Village Cafe at McHenry has reopend and is under the management of Amazon Juices. 


    The new menu includes coffee, smoothies, juices, acai bowls, sandwiches, salads, and rice bowls.


    See the menu for details

  • February 11, 2016

    The library will be closed Monday, February 15 for the President's Day holiday

    See the full library hours schedule for more information.

  • What is a Book?
    January 5, 2016

    New library exhibit from Special Collections, What is a Book?, features over 100 artists' books.

    See the exhibit on the 3rd Floor of McHenry Library. The exhibit will run from December 3, 2015 through May 1, 2016.

    Artists’ books are one of the great strengths of UCSC’s Special Collection. Our newest exhibit features a large selection of formats and themes and explores the question “what is a book?” There is no one definition for the term “artists’ books”, but Stephen Bury says it well: “books or book-like objects over the final appearance of which an artist has had a high degree of control; where the book is intended as a work of art in itself."

    UCSC’s stunning collection of artists’ books has grown steadily over the past 50 years thanks to the dedication of Special Collections staff and thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Library and individual donors. These treasures deserve a chance to come out of the closed stacks and bask in the limelight and in the delight of the public.

  • Library Tours
    January 4, 2016

    Please join our Roving Information Program students (easy to spot in their Banana Slug yellow vests) and take a walking tour of the University Library.

    During the academic year, our crew of Roving Information students provide point-of-need, peer-to-peer assistance to users throughout the Library as a part of the Library’s Undergraduate Experience Team. Tour points of interest include the new Global Village Café run by Cafe Brasil, the Information Commons, group study rooms, Special Collections, and much more! We are also offering tours of the Science & Engineering Library.

    You will also learn about the library’s services, Course Reserves for your classes, borrowing Chromebooks, research help, and the Interlibrary Loan service that can bring the world's library resources to you!
    New students: While you're here, take a minute to activate your library card (it's the same as your UCSC student ID)! Tours run approximately 20 minutes. Join us and get to know your University Library.

    Tour Schedule:

    Monday, January 4th

    • McHenry Library: 11am
    • McHenry Library: 3pm
    • Science & Engineering Library: 1pm


    Tuesday, January 5th

    • McHenry Library: 11am    
    • McHenry Library: 3pm  
    • Science & Engineering Library: 1pm


    Wednesday, January 6th

    • McHenry Library: 11am
    • McHenry Library: 3pm
    • Science & Engineering Library: 1pm


    Thursday, January 7th

    • McHenry Library: 11am
    • McHenry Library: 3pm
    • Science & Engineering Library: 1pm


    Friday, January 8th

    • McHenry Library: 11am
    • McHenry Library: 3pm
    • Science & Engineering Library: 1pm