Library News and Events

  • October 24, 2016

    Thank you all who joined the library's Open Access panel on October 6th. Join other virtual and online events this week and in November. Stay up to date at Open Access @ UCSC

    Oct 26 - Open Con Community Call (virtual)
    We'll kick off the call with a talk and Q&A with experts on research evaluation (How we evaluate research, and reward researchers has become the largest issue holding back mainstream adoption of Open Access & Open Data). But, afterwards together we'll take a simple action on the call to accelerate the rate at which researchers are rewarded for openness. 

    Oct 24-30 - Events across the globe 

    Nov 12-14 - Open Con Conference, Live (attend remotely)
    OpenCon is more than a conference. It’s a platform for the next generation to learn about Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data, develop critical skills, and catalyze action toward a more open system for sharing the world’s information—from scholarly and scientific research, to educational materials, to digital research data. OpenCon 2016 will be held in Washington, DC on November 12-14, with satellite events hosted around the world.


  • eduroam logo
    October 24, 2016

    Accessing online Library Resources on the Wireless? Use eduroam!

    Beginning in August, access the Library's online resources (ebooks, journals, databases) through the eduroam wireless network. The cruznet wireless will no longer support access to online library resources.

    Not on eduroam yet? Get set-up instructions

  • Chuck Davis and Hayden Davis
    October 24, 2016

    Curious about plans for the renovation of the the Science and Engineering Library?  See the recent article UC Santa Cruz Magazine with architect Chuck Davis.

  • Founders Day Celebration Dinner image
    October 4, 2016

    The Science & Engineering Library will be closed on Saturday 10/22/16 in preparation for the 2016 Founders Celebration Dinner

    In preparation for the event, the Upper Level of the building will also be closed Wednesday-Sunday10/19/16 --10/23/16.


  • October 3, 2016

    Ruth-Marion Baruch, Mother and Child

    In December 1968 the de Young museum in San Francisco opened a controversial photo exhibit on the Black Panthers. The essay was a collaboration of two fairly unknown photographers: Ruth-Marion Baruch and her husband Pirkle Jones. Their photos, however, depicted one of the most defining moments in twentieth-century American cultural history: the Black Liberation Movement embodied by the Black Panthers. The show ended up drawing close to 100,000 visitors.

    Ruth-Marion Baruch and Pirkle Jones

    Ruth-Marion Baruch and Pirkle Jones, 1951.
    Photograph by Rose Mandel. ©Rose Mandel Archive/Susan Ehrens

    Two years later, in 1970, the exhibit was on display at Cowell College. Pirkle and Ruth-Marion, who by now had become internationally renowned photographers, formed a special bond with the University of California, Santa Cruz and the UC Santa Cruz Library in particular. Pirkle taught on campus with Ansel Adams and worked with students on the Images and Words project. Over the course of many years, the relationship between the photographers and the campus grew. The couple donated a selection of their prints to the UC Santa Cruz Library in 2003. When the UC Santa Cruz Library most recently was invited, along with three other institutions, to submit a proposal and compete for the acquisition of the entire Pirkle Jones and Ruth-Marion Baruch collection, we did not hesitate.

    The library’s proposal was successful, and today I am proud and honored to announce that UC Santa Cruz now owns the entire Pirkle Jones and Ruth-Marion Baruch Photography Collection. Assessed by one of the nation’s most respected photography appraisers, the collection is valued at $32 million. It comprises more than 12,000 photographic prints, 25,000 negatives, and thousands of transparencies created by photographer Pirkle Jones, as well as many more by Ruth-Marion Baruch. Our ownership also includes all intellectual rights.

    Farm Work Family by Pirkle Jones


    Farm Worker Family, Bakersfield, 1957.
    Courtesy Special Collections, University Library, UC Santa Cruz
    (Photo by Pirkle Jones)

    Click here for more photos from the collection

    The enormous value of this gift to our campus is unprecedented. The UC Santa Cruz Library is now the steward of an incredibly rich historic portfolio that documents many aspects of life in California—from the work Pirkle did with Dorothea Lange on the building of the Monticello Dam to Ruth-Marion’s focus on capturing the Summer of Love in San Francisco. The stories Pirkle and Ruth-Marion captured from the 1940s through the 1970s are just as relevant today as when they were created. Our society is grappling with the same social, political, racial, and environmental issues. Our student population has always been eager to engage with these exact issues. This collection will allow students to approach their interest and passion not only through words and text, but also through incredibly beautiful photographs as well as through the example of the lives led by both Pirkle and Ruth-Marion.

    The collection has already moved from its storage in San Francisco to McHenry Library. Three 24-foot trucks with more than 900 crates of materials as well as hundreds of framed items have come to UC Santa Cruz. It will take time to process the entire collection, but our goal is to provide access as quickly as possible. We already have plans for exhibits at McHenry devoted to the Black Panthers (2016) and the Summer of Love (2017), and are planning traveling exhibits for 2018 as well as secure digital access. I would like to thank everyone who was involved in ensuring a safe home for the collection.

    Elizabeth Cowell
    Richard L. Press University Librarian, Presidential Chair

    A selection of framed photos from the Pirkle Jones and Ruth-Marion Baruch Photography Collection will be on display at the Founders Celebration on October 22. Purchase tickets now at

  • Open Access logo
    October 3, 2016
    Communicating your Scholarship in an Open Access World 
    October 6, 2016, 3:30 - 5:00
    McHenry Room 4286

    A panel discussion featuring Katie Fortney (CDL), Ivy Anderson (CDL), Chris Brenner (UCSC, Environmental Studies), Roberto Manduchi (UCSC, Computer Engineering). Moderated by Elizabeth Cowell (UCSC University Librarian) and Kerry Scott (UCSC Associate University Librarian, Collections and Services).


    The UC Academic Senate Open Access (OA) policy is now in its third year.  And, with the newly launched Presidential Policy extending open access to lecturers, staff and graduate students, at UCSC, OA is in the spotlight more than ever. If you have explored options for publishing in an OA journal, negotiated with a publisher about rights for reuse of your publications, or just want to know more about what OA means for you, please join us for a lively conversation between and among UC Open Access pioneers and experts.


    This panel of UCSC faculty and representatives from the California Digital Library (CDL) will place the conversation about Open Access squarely within the context of the UCSC community. Roberto Manduchi, Computer Engineering, and Chris Benner, Environmental Studies, will each address their experiences with the UC OA policy and OA publishing. Katie Fortney, Copyright Policy & Education Officer, California Digital Library, will address legal concerns you may have as authors, including those related to publisher agreements, and copyright. And, Ivy Anderson, Director, Collection Development and Management Program, California Digital Library, will discuss current research about Open Access funding models, including the Mellon supported UC Pay it Forward Project, which tests financial models for Gold Open Access publishing.

  • Library Tours
    September 14, 2016

    University Library Tours:
    All tours meet just inside that library building's entrance for the tour.
    Tours are provided by the Library's Undergraduate Experience Team, and featured are the Global Village Café, the Information
    Commons for online research and study, the Digital Scholarship Commons, Special Collections & Archives, group study rooms,
    library exhibits, and much more! You will also learn about the library’s services and collections, such as borrowing course
    textbooks and Chromebooks, and the video game room (at the Science & Engineering Library). Tours run
    approximately 20 minutes.

    Friday, 9/16
    11am McHenry Library
    1pm McHenry Library
    1pm Science & Engineering Library
    3pm McHenry Library

    Monday, 9/19
    11am McHenry Library
    1pm McHenry Library
    1pm Science & Engineering Library
    3pm McHenry Library

    Tuesday, 9/20 (Also come find us at the OPERS Fall Festival 3–6pm, East Field)
    11am McHenry Library
    1pm McHenry Library
    1pm Science & Engineering Library
    3pm McHenry Library

    Wednesday, 9/21
    11am McHenry Library
    1pm McHenry Library
    1pm Science & Engineering Library
    3pm McHenry Library

    Thursday, 9/22
    11am McHenry Library
    1pm McHenry Library
    1pm Science & Engineering Library
    3pm McHenry Library

    Friday 9/23
    11am McHenry Library
    1pm McHenry Library
    1pm Science & Engineering Library
    3pm McHenry Library

  • photo of microfiche
    August 1, 2016

    The microform collection has been relocated to make room for more study space.  These items can be requested from the circulation desk.  Microform readers have been moved to the seating area near the reference stacks.

  • Science & Engineering Library exterior photo
    June 23, 2016

    The Science & Engineering Library collection stacks (Upper Level and Lower Level) areas will be inaccessible during Summer 2016. Only the Main Level will be open during this time.

    Read more about our Science Renovation Project.

  • Clock
    June 23, 2016

    Break Hours June 10 - June 19

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

    Summer Session Hours, June 20-August 26, 2016
    Monday - Thursday 8am-8pm
    Friday 8am-5pm
    Saturday and Sunday (McHenry Library Only) 12pm-5pm

    See the hours page for more details. 

  • 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
  • Sorry we will be closed
    December 15, 2015

    The library will be closed for the Winter Campus Closure, December 24, 2015 through January 3, 2016.

    We will reopen to normal quarter hours on Monday, January 4, 2016.

    See the full library hours schedule for more information.

  • Analog clock
    December 10, 2015

    The library will be open limited hours during the intersession period beginning Friday, December 11 through Wednesday, December 23, 2015.

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

    The library will be closed for the Winter Campus Closure, December 24, 2015 through January 3, 2016.

    We will reopen to normal quarter hours on Monday, January 4, 2016.

    See the full library hours schedule for more information.

  • Open late
    December 8, 2015

    Extended library hours for finals: December 3 - 10, 2015.

    DEC 3rd        8AM – 3AM
    DEC 4th        8AM – 12AM
    DEC 5th        8AM – 12AM
    DEC 6th        8AM – 3AM
    DEC 7th        8AM – 3AM
    DEC 8th        8AM – 3AM
    DEC 9th        8AM – 3AM
    DEC 10th      8AM – 8PM

    Winter break hours will begin December 11. See the full schedule on the Library Hours page.

  • December 1, 2015

    Stressed about finals? Come get some puppy love!

    Sunday, December 6th 2015, 3:00-4:00pm, McHenry Library -- Outside Lawn (Inside McHenry if it's wet outside)

    Monday, December 7th 2015, 6:30-7:30pm, Science & Engineering Library

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

  • Sorry we will be closed
    November 23, 2015

    The library will be closed Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27, 2015 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

    We will reopen on Saturday, November 28. Please see the library hours page for our complete schedule.

  • Watch Your Local Newspaper
    November 16, 2015

    The latest edition of the University Library Newsletter is out!

    Read the full Fall 2015 newsletter.

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

  • coffee cup
    November 16, 2015

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

    (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.

  • Sorry we will be closed
    November 11, 2015

    The library will be closed Wednesday, November 11 for the Veterans Day holiday.

    Please see the Library Hours page for our complete schedule.

  • UC Open Access Policy image
    November 1, 2015

    October 15, 2015

    In support of the UC Academic Senate Open Access Policy and in response to the UC faculty request for an automated method for depositing policy-eligible publications, the University Library and the California Digital Library are pleased to announce the launch of the University of California Publication Management System.  

    The UC Open Access Policy passed by the UC Academic Senate in July 2013 has been in effect for Senate faculty at UCLA, UCSF, and UCI for more than one year now and expanded to the other seven campuses as of last fall.

    Until now, the deposit process has been manual. However, as of October 12, 2015, a UC publications management system began closely monitoring selected publication data sources to identify new journal articles by UCSC faculty authors. When it locates new articles authored or co-authored by UCSC faculty, the system sends the faculty member an email notification containing a link, by which they can access the system to confirm authorship and submit manuscripts to eScholarship.

    The following information will help UCSC faculty when they receive an email notification:

    • Use the CruzID Gold login and password to log in via the link provided by the publications management system.
    • Article manuscripts are not deposited in eScholarship automatically. After logging in to the publications management system via the email link, faculty can confirm authorship of their articles; the system then interfaces with eScholarship to enable uploading of manuscripts.
    • Faculty can delegate management of their publications to someone else. Link directly to the form here or refer to the library’s Open Access Guide for help with this process.
    • If the software confused the faculty member with another person with a similar name or the faculty member is no longer at UCSC, reply to the message with that information. It will be sent to the system’s administrators, who will correct their records.

    UCSC librarians and staff are available to answer questions and provide assistance with the UC faculty open access policy as well as with larger issues of how to broadly disseminate and preserve research published by UCSC faculty. If you have questions, please email us at:

    More information about Open Access and the UC policy is available at the UC Office of Scholarly Communication website.

  • Global Village Cafe photograph
    October 31, 2015

    The Global Village Cafe in the McHenry Library will be closed for approximately four weeks beginning Saturday, October 17, 2016 while the space is prepared to reopen under new management.

    The library sincerely apologizes for the inconvenience to library patrons and campus customers during this closure. More information about the new menu and reopening date will be shared soon.

    The library would like to thank the Hoffman's team for helping to establish the GVC as a place for visitors to enjoy high-quality food and excellent service.

  • UCSC Library Student Advisory Council. Represent the student voice - help shape your University Library
    October 22, 2015

    Do you want to help shape your University Library? We are now accepting applications for the UCSC Library Student Advisory Council.

    The Library Student Advisory Council meets twice per quarter -- free pizza included!

    The application period is now closed. Thank you for your interest in the Library Student Advisory Council.

  • Photograph: Students in Halloween costumes
    October 14, 2015

    Join us for a pop-up Halloween exhibit entitled Blood and Bones II on October 29 and 30, 2015 in Special Collections, McHenry LIbrary, 3rd Floor.

    Please visit any time between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm to admire some of our weird and creepy holdings. If you visited last year you'll recognize some of your old friends and meet a few new ones. You are in for a few surprises!

  • Girl with paper article and tablet
    September 30, 2015

    Update: Thank you for your interest but participation in the study is now closed.


    Calling Arts, History, Literature, and Education Graduate Students - the library wants to better understand the ways in which you interact with print and electronic books.


  • New
    September 28, 2015

    As part of the University Library's strategic mission to provide useful study space, we are doing a Pilot Program for Fall Quarter 2015. Teaching Assistants can now book Room 2359 through the entire quarter to use for office hours or tutoring sessions. This is not classroom space, and should not be used to hold class sessions.

    Teaching assistants can fill out this form and we will schedule the room for them. Note that this room will be open and can be booked by other patrons on a weekly basis. Please allow 24 hours for confirmation on the booking.

  • Photo of bridge construction near McHenry Library
    September 25, 2015

    An Uncommon Place: A Digital Companion follows the structure of the original Uncommon Place exhibit in the Porter College Sesnon Gallery and the Cowell College Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery.


    Created in celebration of UCSC's 50th anniversary, the exhibit traces decisive moments in the formation of UC Santa Cruz, from the 1950s until the late 1970s, marking the early history of UCSC through images and multi-media material.


    An Uncommon Place: A Digital Companion features many of the same photographs from the University Library's Special Collections and Archives, but also includes new online extras, such as archival footage of the Cowell Ranch Before UCSC, a 1998 Campus promotional video, and an interactive map exploring Early Campus Milestones.


    Online Exhibit
    An Uncommon Place: A Digital Companion


    Current Exhibit - September 18-October 25, 2015
    Sesnon Gallery Traveling Exhibition: An Uncommon Place: Shaping the UC Santa Cruz Campus
    Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery, Cowell College


    Original Exhibit
    An Uncommon Place
    Sesnon Art Gallery, April 8-May 9, 2015

  • Photo of J. Herman Blake
    September 16, 2015

    Please join us for a special 50th Anniversary lecture by pioneer faculty member, visionary, and author Dr. J. Herman Blake: My Unique Journey: Learning Never Ends

    Saturday, September 26, 2015
    11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    UC Santa Cruz McHenry Library
    Outdoors on the Great Lawn—don’t forget your hat and sunscreen!
    Chair seating limited.

    Admission is free, but we request that you please register to attend.

    Complimentary parking at the Performance Art Lot #126 provided by the UC Santa Cruz Alumni Association. Carpooling is recommended.

    Questions? Contact Linda Hunt at or (831) 502-7552.