On Monday, June 20th, 2011 the expanded and renovated McHenry Library re-opened to community members, students, faculty and staff.   The entrance, on the north side, is again the door of the original building. 

We all delight in the play of sunlight through tall windows while we learn our way through the five floors and 210,000 square feet of the new McHenry Library.

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The library will be open late (until 3am!) starting Wednesday, Dec. 1st 2011.  Here is the exact schedule:

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Check out the new mobile site for the library at: and give us feedback using the link on the mobile menu.

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March 17 - June 12, 2011

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The UCSC University Library presents:

Shoot the Core An Overview of 2D Space Shooter Games
with Professor Jim Whitehead, Computer Science Dept.

Thursday May 5, 3-4pm
Science & Engineering Library
Current Periodicals Room

From the early popularity of Space Invaders to recent niche titles such as Mushihimesama Futari, the 2D space shooter, or shmup, remains one of the enduring game genres.

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Due to scheduling conflicts, the reception scheduled for April 7 in the Science & Engineering has been cancelled.

The books selected by this year's faculty honorees will be on display at the Science and Engineering Library April 7-May 6.  For more information on the honorees and their book selections please visit the exhibit website.

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In the Science & Engineering Library, an Owl exhibit is attracting attention. The UCSC Natural History Museum created the exhibit titled "The Owls Around Us", which features various owl species that can be found in the vicinity of UCSC, and spotlights some of their more unique anatomical attributes.


QR Code for Burrowing Owl

Selected 2010 Federal and California State tax forms and instruction booklets are now available free of charge on the 2nd Floor of McHenry Library.

Tax Booklet

The UC Santa Cruz University Library was among the winners of the 2011 John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award.  Recipients of the award were announced at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in San Diego. The award, considered the top PR award for libraries, comes with a $5000 cash award for each library.  See more information on the Library Journal site.

We are delighted to report the temporary wooden "cat-walk" behind McHenry Library has been removed!  Library patrons can now use the wooden stairs and wider concrete walkway directly behind the building.

The chain-link fencing has also been removed from the north side of the building, allowing bicycle access around McHenry.

Photo of the south stairs, behind McHenry