Library News and Events

  • June 12, 2015
    See the hours page for more details. 

    Break Hours June 12 - June 21, 2015

    Monday - Friday 8am-5pm
    Saturday and Sunday Closed


    Summer Session Hours, June 22-August 28, 2015
    Monday - Thursday 8am-8pm
    Friday 8am-5pm
    Saturday and Sunday (McHenry Library Only) 12pm-5pm



  • June 11, 2015
    Library Newsletter
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    The latest edition of the University Library Newsletter is out!

    Read the full Spring 2015 newsletter

  • June 3, 2015
    Open Late
    See the Library Hours Page for more information on library hours.

    Extended library hours begin Thursday, June 4, 2015.

    June 4....8am - 3am
    June 5....8am - 12am
    June 6....8am - 12am
    June 7....8am - 3am
    June 8....8am - 3am
    June 9....8am - 3am
    June 10...8am - 3am
    June 11...8am - 8pm

  • June 3, 2015
    Pause for Paws

    Stressed about finals? Come get some puppy love!


    Sunday, June 7th 2015, 5:00-6:00pm, McHenry Library -- Outside Lawn

    MondayJune 8th 20156:30-7:30pm, Science & Engineering Library

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


    Find out More About Pause for Paws

  • June 1, 2015
    Chancellor Blumenthal and University Librarian Cowell
    The Richard L. Press University Librarian Presidential Chair was established with a $500,000 gift from the Helen and Will Webster Foundation and matching funds from the UC Regents. Please...

    UC Santa Cruz University Librarian Elizabeth Cowell was honored as the inaugural appointee to the Richard L. Press University Librarian Presidential Chair.

  • May 27, 2015
    What do you think?
    This library survey, conducted in partnership with the national research organization Ithaka S+R, is your way to tell us directly how you use the library's resources, services, and spaces...

    UCSC undergrads, your input is important and will help shape the future of your University Library.  Take a 15-minute online survey and enter to win a Global Village Café or Bookstore gift card. 

    This survey has closed.

  • May 27, 2015
    Chancellor Dean McHenry

    New library exhibit: Chancellor Dean McHenry, the Political Mastermind behind UC Santa Cruz.

    Physical exhibit: on display outside of Special Collections, 3rd Floor of McHenry Library

    Please see the digital exhibit as well.

  • May 21, 2015
    Sorry we will be closed
    Please see the Library Hours page for our complete schedule.

    The library will be closed Monday, May 25 for the Memorial Day holiday.

  • May 11, 2015
    Off-Campus Access

    In response to an increase in unauthorized use of campus library barcodes and the need to protect library licensed resources from systematic downloads by unaffiliated users, we will be adding an additional layer of security to the off campus access login page.


    Starting Wednesday May 13, 2015, patrons and affiliates will be required to enter their last name in addition to their barcode for access.


    Off-Campus Access FAQ

    Off-Campus Access Login


  • May 5, 2015
    Latent Data: How, Where, And Why (Digital) Humanists Discover Data Hidden In Pla
    Join us for this talk by Dr. Patrick Murray-John, Research Assistant Professor and Omeka Developer Manager at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University...

    Patrick Murray-John: "Latent Data: How, Where, And Why (Digital) Humanists Discover Data Hidden In Plain Sight"

    When: May 6, 5:00pm - 6:00pm

    Where: Humanities 1, Room 210

  • April 26, 2015
    This exhibit features many photographs from the University Library's Special Collections and Archives that were scanned and processed by the University Library's Digital Initiatives...

    New exhibit:  An Uncommon Place: Shaping the UC Santa Cruz Campus.

    Where: Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery

    When: April 8, 2015 – May 9, 2015

    Admission is free

  • April 24, 2015
    For more information, please visit the UCSC Events Calendar.

    Join us for the 11th Annual Graduate Research Symposium!

    When: Friday, April 24th at 1:00pm

    Where: McHenry Library

  • April 20, 2015
    Elliott Shore
      Elliott Shore was appointed executive director of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) effective January 1, 2013. At ARL he provides leadership for all operations and programs...

    The University Library Presents a lecture by ARL Director Elliott Shore


    Nineteenth Century Origins Collide with the 21st Century:  The Research Library Conundrum

    Friday, April 24, 2015

    11am - noon

    McHenry Library 4286

  • April 2, 2015
    coffee cup
    (But if you spill, please tell a staff member right away! Together we can prevent coffee stains.) Learn more about the library's food and drink policy.

    Yes! You can bring your coffee into most parts of the library as long as it has a lid on it.

  • April 1, 2015
  • March 18, 2015

    Quarter break hours: March 21-March 29, 2015

    Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm


    The library will be back to regular quarter hours starting March 30, 2015.


    For more details, see the hours page.

  • March 10, 2015
    Pause for Paws
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    Come pet the dogs!


    Sunday, March 15th 2015, 4:00-5:00pm, McHenry Library -- Outside Lawn

    MondayMarch 16th 20156:30-7:30pm, Science & Engineering Library

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


    Find out More About Pause for Paws

  • February 20, 2015
    Marie Severin Comic Book Artist
    Special Collections and Archives is delighted to exhibit over 40 comic books selected from the recent and very generous donations of UCSC alumni James Gunderson and Peter Coha that form the...


    Marie Severin: Comic Book Artist

    Open 23 February – 15 May 2015

    Special Collections and Archives
    McHenry Library UCSC (3rd floor)


  • February 18, 2015
    A Unified Approach to Preserving Cultural Software Objects

    We are happy to announce the publication of a white paper, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities's Office of Digital Humanities, that proposes the first archival methodology for computer games in a research setting. It is a collaboration between UCSC Center for Games & Playable Media, the UC Santa Cruz Library, and Stanford University Libraries.


    Read the paper: A Unified Approach to Preserving Cultural Software Objects and Their Development Histories

  • February 17, 2015
    Sorry we will be closed
      Library Hours  

    Due to campuswide power interruptions, the library will be closed on Saturday, February 21st, 2015.


    Campus Power Outage Announcement

  • February 10, 2015
    Sorry we will be closed
      Library Hours  

    The library will be closed Monday February 16th, 2015 in observance of Presidents' Day.

    Due to server maintenance, the Interlibrary Loan borrowing service (ILL) will not be available on February 16th. 

    Regular ILL services will resume on February 17th. 


    Due to campuswide power interruptions, the library will be closed on Saturday, February 21st, 2015

  • January 30, 2015
    Photo of the Bower bird piece in Special Collections




    In this new video from the UC Office of the President, Elisabeth Remak-Honnef, Head of Special Collections, talks about one of her favorite pieces in the collection, Bower Bird, by Daniel Essig.



  • January 29, 2015
    Roving student program
    Wed.  2/18   10:00am - 12:30pm  Quarry Plaza Fri.    2/20    9:30am - 11:30am    Quarry Plaza Mon.  2/23   11:00am - 1:00pm...

    Visit the library's tables in Quarry Plaza and at McHenry all Winter Quarter to: 

    • Meet the library's friendly yellow-vested Roving Students—ask them your library questions! 

    • Learn about library resources guaranteed to help with your assignments! 

    • Enter for a chance to win a $25 gift card to McHenry's Global Village Cafe!


    Where and when:

  • January 16, 2015
    Kanopy -- video streaming database

    1,000's of titles available to you now on campus and off while we test-run the Kanopy streaming database from 1/15/15 to 2/12/15.


    Check it out and tell us what you think!


  • January 15, 2015
    Library Newsletter
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    The latest edition of the University Library Newsletter is out!

    Read the full Winter 2015 newsletter

  • January 4, 2015
    eScholarship University of California
    Learn more about the library's article upload service

    The library can help you comply with the UC Academic Senate Open Access Policy and get your valuable research into the academic community quickly.

  • January 4, 2015
    UC Open Access Policy Learn more Deposit Waiver FAQ
    Learn more about the UC Open Access policy

    The Academic Senate of the University of California adopted an Open Access Policy on July 24, 2013, ensuring that future research articles authored by faculty at all 10 campuses of UC will be made available to the public at no charge.

  • January 1, 2015

    The library is back to our regular quarter hours:

    Monday - Thursday  8am - 12am
    Friday                       8am - 8pm
    Saturday                  11am - 7pm
    Sunday                    10am - 12am

    For more details, see the hours page.

  • December 22, 2014
    My ILL Requests Out of Order

    The ILL Request system will be unavailable due to a technology upgrade on January 3, 2015 from approximately midnight to 3 pm. Interlibrary Loan requests cannot be placed during this time and My ILL Requests cannot be accessed. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • December 9, 2014
    Open late
    For more information on library hours, visit our library hours page.

    Extended library hours begin Thursday, December 11, 2014.

    DEC 11th .…… 8AM – 3AM
    DEC 12th  …... 8AM – 12AM
    DEC 13th  .......8AM – 12AM
    DEC 14th  .…...8AM – 3AM
    DEC 15th  …....8AM – 3AM
    DEC 16th  ..…..8AM – 3AM
    DEC 17th  …....8AM – 3AM
    DEC 18th  …….8AM – 8PM


  • December 8, 2014
    Pause for Paws
     Like Us On Facebook!  

    Spend some time petting furry friends to de-stress during finals week. 


    Sunday, December 14th 2014, 2:00-3:00pm, McHenry Library (2nd floor -- Info Commons South)

    MondayDecember 15th 20146:30-7:30pm, Science & Engineering Library

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


    Find out More About Pause for Paws

  • November 26, 2014
    Sorry we will be closed
    For more information and future library hours, see our UCSC Library Hours page.

    The library will be closed Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28, 2014 for Thanksgiving.

    The library will be closing at 5:00pm on Wednesday, November 26.

  • November 13, 2014
    The UC Santa Cruz Sustainability Office has chosen McHenry Library to pilot the first Zero Waste collection model for the university. Collection containers will be provided throughout...
  • November 13, 2014
    Peter Everwine and Chuck Hanzlicek
    Featuring Peter Everwine and Chuck Hanzlicek. Admission is free. For more information, visit the Morton Marcus website.

    Please join us for the Fifth Annual Morton Marcus Memorial Poetry Reading.

    When: November 13, 2014 at 6:00pm

    Where: Cabrillo College, Room 450

  • November 5, 2014
    photograph of Michael Ashley
    Join us for this interactive lecture hosted by the Digital Humanities Research Cluster and the University Library! This is the second lecture in the "Digital Humanities & Cultural...

    Michael Ashley: “Mukurtu CMS: Differential Access for the Ethical Stewardship of Cultural and Digital Heritage”

    November 12 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    McHenry Library, Room 4286

  • November 5, 2014
    Sorry we will be closed
    Please see the library hours page for more information on library hours and holidays.

    The library will be closed on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 for Veterans Day.

  • October 30, 2014
    decorative image
    Come admire some of our weird and creepy holdings in this spine tingling exhibit! This exhibit has been extended! Today will be the final day to see the exhibit.

    Join us for our Blood and Bones exhibit in Special Collections (3rd Floor of McHenry Library).

    Exhibit open: Monday, November 3, 2014: 10am - 12pm and 1pm - 4pm

  • October 20, 2014
    Manifest Destiny and Beyond exhibit flyer
    To commemorate Filipino American History Month, McHenry Library will host the exhibit, "Manifest Destiny & Beyond." The exhibit runs from October 20-31. This exhibit—a collection of...

    Exhibit: Manifest Destiny & Beyond: The United States' Race for Empire in 19th Century Political Cartoons

    When: October 20-31, 2014
    Where: McHenry Library, Michael and Sally Graydon Room (2nd floor)
    Who: Opens to the campus and the wider Santa Cruz community

  • October 15, 2014
    Making Memories/Motifs flyer
    Join us for this interactive lecture hosted by the Digital Humanities Research Cluster and the University Library! This lecture is the first in the upcoming lecture series "Digital...

    Rachel Deblinger: Making Memories/Motifs: Holocaust Memory & the Unexpected Inspiration of Digital Humanities

    October 22, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    McHenry Library, Room 4286

  • October 14, 2014
    UCSC Students we need your input! Take our survey and receive a $5 gift card

    The Library is looking for volunteers to test a brief, confidential survey on library services and spaces followed by a brief interview with a librarian -- about 30 minutes of your time.

    The survey testing runs Nov 10‒Nov 26. and you can choose a time that works best for you.

    As a Thank You, participants will receive a $5 Global Village Cafe gift card.


  • October 7, 2014
    Rachel Deblinger
    This CLIR (Council on Library and Information Resources) position is a Postdoctoral Fellowship jointly awarded by the University Library and the Humanities Division. Learn more about Rachel...

    The library is very pleased to welcome our new CLIR Digital Humanities Specialist, Rachel Deblinger!

  • September 25, 2014
    Watch Your Local Newspaper
    Subscribe to the newsletter to get future editions delivered directly to your inbox.

    The latest edition of the University Library Newsletter is out!

    Read the full Fall 2014 newsletter

  • September 22, 2014
    Library Tours
    Fall 2014 Library Tour Schedule: Friday, September 26th McHenry Library: 11am McHenry Library: 1pm McHenry Library: 3pm Science & Engineering Library (meet inside library...

    Welcome to UCSC! Meet our Roving Information Program students (easy to spot in their Slug yellow vests) at the Welcome Kiosk just inside the library entrance and take a tour of McHenry Library. Points of interest include the Global Village Café, the Information Commons, group study rooms, and much more! We are also offering tours of the Science & Engineering Library. Please see the schedule below for specifics.

    You will also learn about the library’s services and collections, such as borrowing course textbooks, the Media Center, and the video game room. While you're there, remember to activate your library card (it's your UCSC student ID)! Tours run approximately 20–30 minutes. 

  • September 9, 2014
    Outlaw Publishers poster

    A new exhibition titled “Outlaw Publishers: Selected San Francisco Literary Presses, 1945–1968” recently opened in Special Collections and Archives at McHenry Library. This exhibit traces the genesis of San Francisco’s alternative print culture from its roots in a World War II Civilian Public Service Camp in Waldport, Oregon, to its convergence with the San Francisco literary renaissance of the 1950s and 1960s. Printed works from Untide Press, White Rabbit Press, Centaur Press, The Auerhahn Press, and Wallace Berman’s Semina demonstrate cutting-edge developments in the fields of book arts, typographic design, illustration, and literature. 

    These works will be on display at Special Collections and Archives through the end of November.

  • September 4, 2014
    Mickey Hart Planet Drum

    A new Grateful Dead Archive exhibit 
    "All the Pages Are Our Days: The Books of the Grateful Dead"

    will open August 2 at McHenry Library
    in the Brittingham Family Foundation's Dead Central Gallery.

    More information here

  • September 3, 2014
    Aeon logo
    With this system you'll be able to: Submit requests for books, journals/newspapers, manuscript and archives materials from: Our online catalog Cruzcat Our finding aids...

    Starting September 5,  UCSC Special Collections and Archives will begin using a new electronic registration and request system "Aeon".*

    This system replaces paper registration and request forms used in our reading room. 

  • September 2, 2014
    Special Collections Sorry we will be closed
    The rest of the Library will still be open for normal Intersession hours during this time. Please see our website for more information about Library Special Collections and Archives.

    Special Collections and Archives will be closed September 3 - 4, 2014 for staff training. We will reopen at 1:00pm on September 5.

  • August 24, 2014
    We will be closed
    Library Hours

    The library will be closed Monday, September 1st, 2014 for Labor Day.

  • August 4, 2014
    Scientific American cover
    If you are off-campus, don't forget to log into OCA (Off-Campus Access) before accessing the content of these journals. These journals are licensed for off-campus use only by...

    The California Digital Library has successfully negotiated favorable pricing for several new online subscriptions, including Scientific American and all six Nature Reviews journals. 


    Scientific American is the world’s premier magazine of scientific discovery and technological innovation for the general public. Readers turn to it for a deep understanding of how science and technology can influence human affairs and illuminate the natural world. In every issue, leading scientists, inventors and engineers from diverse fields describe their ideas and achievements in clear and accessible prose; the work of select journalists rounds out the offerings. The graphics are rich in content and visual style.


    Nature Reviews titles have a reputation for publishing superbly illustrated, high-impact reviews written by leading international researchers. UC campuses now have access to these six titles: Nature Reviews Clinical OncologyNature Reviews EndocrinologyNature Reviews Gastroenterology & HepatologyNature Reviews NephrologyNature Reviews NeurologyNature Reviews Urology



  • July 9, 2014
    Elizabeth Cowell
    To learn more about University Librarian Cowell, please see the full announcement from the UCSC News Center.

    We are excited to share the announcement that M. Elizabeth Cowell has been selected by UC Santa Cruz as the campus’s new University Librarian, effective July 15.