Library News and Events

Apply Now!
April 11, 2022

Applications for the 2022-2023 CART Fellowship Program are now open! Apply by Friday, June 10th.

This year in the Center for Archival Research and Training (CART), we are focusing on archival collections on agriculture, labor, and community in Santa Cruz County, as well as a collection of photographs and papers from artist Ingeborg Gerdes.

In the Center for Archival Research and Training, graduate students can:

  • Get hands-on, paid experience in archival processing in an academic library
  • Enhance your research skills in archives and primary sources
  • Help make archival collections more discoverable and accessible to researchers
  • Learn about different library and archives career options
  • Get experience curating a public exhibit
  • Learn about innovative digital tools that you can use in your research and teaching
  • Make connections with graduate students from different disciplines and interests

Want to learn more? Register for the CART Information session on April 20th from 12-1pm via Zoom. This session will be recorded and posted on the CART website.

More information about the Center for Archival Research and Training is available on our website. Contact CART Archivist Alix Norton at with any questions and to submit your application. The application deadline is Friday, June 10th.

Wiley logo
March 17, 2022

UCSC is one of five campuses selected for a one-year pilot open access publishing agreement with Wiley. This pilot enables all UCSC authors to publish open access articles with support from the UCSC Library. The agreement starts March 15 and dates retroactively back to January 1, 2022, through December 31, 2022.

The UCSC Library will automatically pay the first $1,000 of the open access fee for UCSC authors. After that, there are two options for the remainder:

  • We will cover the remainder of the open access fee if no research/grant funds are available from the author, and we welcome and expect authors without funds to use the full coverage option. 
  • If authors have research/grant funds available, we ask the authors to pay the remainder of the fee so that the Library can continue subsidizing more open access articles in the future. If your funds are already earmarked for something else, the Library will still cover the full cost.

This pilot includes five UC campuses – Irvine, Merced, Riverside, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz. The limited scope of this one-year pilot agreement allows UC and Wiley to develop and test the multi-payer payment workflow for open access, before exploring the potential for a broader transformative agreement with Wiley in the future, including all 10 campuses.

For more details about the agreement, please see the overview of the Wiley open access agreement.

This Wiley pilot is the 12th open access publishing agreement that the university has negotiated for our authors. The UC’s have 11 other agreements across the disciplines: ACM, Biochemical Society/Portland Press, Cambridge University Press, Canadian Science Publishing, Company of Biologists, Elsevier, JMIR Publications, National Academy of Sciences, PLoS, Royal Society, and Springer Nature. We also have open access publishing discounts with a number of publishers.

Please contact the UCSC Library at with questions. 

History in Focus Podcast Presented by American Historical Review
February 28, 2022

We're excited to announce the official launch of the American Historical Review's new podcast History in Focus, produced and hosted by Digital Scholarship Librarian Daniel Story with help from a terrific team here at UCSC Libraries, the AHR, and the American Historical Association.

Episodes will include interviews, storytelling, and behind-the-scenes looks at the many  contexts in which history is done in the twenty-first century. The first episode, "Follow Your Nose," is streaming now.

Learn more about the podcast

Portland Press and Biochemical Society logos
February 16, 2022

We are happy to announce UC’s new open access agreement with the Biochemical Society / Portland Press.

This agreement includes open access publishing in the Biochemical Society / Portland Press’s five hybrid (subscription-based) journals and two open access journals for UCSC authors.

Under a multipayer model, authors who choose to publish open access with this publisher will automatically have the first $1,000 of the Article Processing Charge (APC) covered by the University of California libraries. Authors have two options for covering the remainder:

  • If authors have grant funds, they will be asked to contribute for the remainder of the APC to contribute to help make open access sustainable for the university.
  • When authors do not have grant funds, the UC libraries will cover the remainder of the APC, which we welcome authors to take us up on.

Those choices must be selected in the Biochemical Society / Portland Press’s payment processing system, CCC RightsLink. Alternatively, authors may opt out and publish traditionally.

Authors must be affiliated with UCSC, be the corresponding author, and publish open access to use this agreement. Please see the FAQ for more details.

UC has shifted its investment from paying to read Biochemical Society / Portland Press journals to paying based on UC authors publishing in Biochemical Society / Portland Press journals, with reading still included. Cost controls have been put in place so that the total owed by UC in any year of the agreement is capped, and APC rates will remain the same throughout the term of the agreement.

Please reach out to with any questions. 

photograph of student activists
January 13, 2022

CART Fellow Jazmin Benton (PhD student in Visual Studies) created a digital exhibition titled "See you when I see you...": Black Student Life at UCSC 1965-present, which showcases the many experiences of Black students at UC Santa Cruz from its establishment in 1965 through the present day. Benton spent dozens of hours leafing through archival collections including the J. Herman Blake papers, Merrill College records, and unprocessed university archives and ephemera, finding flyers, reports, photographs, and firsthand accounts of how Black students have experienced the campus and how the campus has responded (or not responded) to their needs.


In Benton's own words:

As this exhibition shows, official reports and initiatives from UCSC crop up repeatedly. Recruitment and retention efforts cycle through, failing to address the daily realities of Black life on UCSC’s campus. Black students throughout the years have faced similar barriers since the first handful of us were admitted. The narratives and documents listed here will show how students were subjected to conditions such as being the only Black student in their classes, not having the resources available to center their work around Blackness, and no recourse available when faced with racist behavior.


There will also be a display of physical items from this exhibit in the Third Floor Gallery of McHenry Library, opening in February 2022. Visit our website for more details.


ProQuest Ebook Central
January 6, 2022

ProQuest databases, Alexander Street Press videos, Ebook Central, and the ProQuest Electronic Theses and Dissertation submission site will be unavailable beginning Saturday, January 15 at 7:00pm through Sunday, January 16 at 3:00am.

You can check if a particular title will be impacted by searching for the title in UC Library Search. Affected eBooks will include a service note in the record, such as the example shown below. 

Note in ProQuest ebook record stating "Please note this service will be temporarily unavailable on Saturday June 26 from 7am - 3pm

If you anticipate needing access to a Proquest ebook during this outage, download the chapters in advance

November 29, 2021

Special Collections & Archives has published a new online guide that introduces students and emerging scholars to archives and primary source research. Visitors to Archives & Archival Research: An Introduction for Students and Emerging Researchers at UC Santa Cruz can read about a range of topics that include becoming aware of silences and biases in archives, preparing for a visit to an archival repository, identifying archival collections of interest, and what to expect from your archival research process.

We built this site based on the needs of our students as well as requests by faculty and graduate teaching assistants. We designed it so that instructors can assign all or parts of it when teaching, and included are adaptable assignments and suggested discussion prompts. Questions about incorporating archival sources into a class, or finding them for an assignment? Reach out to Special Collections & Archives at

Visit Archives & Archival Research: An Introduction for Students and Emerging Researchers at UC Santa Cruz

Google Scholar and Get it at UC
October 28, 2021

Get it at UC has replaced UC-eLinks as the linking service to full-text electronic materials. Get it at UC is a seamless way to move from an article or book citation to the actual publication and allows users to easily request an item through the Interlibrary Loan system using their CruzID Gold login and password.

Google Scholar users will need to add Get it at UC as a Library Link in Google Scholar settings in order to access the full text of materials found in Google Scholar. You can do so by following these steps: 

  1. Access the “Settings” from the expanded menu from the top left corner of the Google Scholar landing page 
  2. Click “Library Links” in the left hand menu
  3. Search for “University of California, Santa Cruz” in the search box
  4. Add “University of California, Santa Cruz – Get it at UC” to your Library Links 
  5. Remove (uncheck) “University of California, Santa Cruz- UC-eLinks” if applicable

Click the blue “Save” button in the bottom right 


Or check out this 25 second demo:

Association of Research Libraries
October 18, 2021

The University Library at UC Santa Cruz has accepted an invitation to join the Association of Research Libraries, effective January 1, 2022. The ARL is a nonprofit membership organization of more than 120 libraries and archives at major public and private universities, federal government agencies, and large public institutions in the United States and Canada. It serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas and is a catalyst for collective action to create, share, and sustain global knowledge.

Read the full article

Juan Johnny Alminiana in Aptos with Rene and Eva
September 23, 2021

Two new digital exhibits have been published from the summer fellows in the Center for Archival Research and Training (CART). Christina Ayson Plank and Katie Ligmond are both Visual Studies PhD students who created digital projects highlighting and contextualizing some of the collections stewarded by Special Collections & Archives. Learn more about and visit these dynamic exhibits below!






More than their Labor: Sites of Manong Labor and Leisure in the Pajaro Valley

Christina Ayson Plank is part of the project team for Watsonville is in the Heart, a public history initiative led by Dioscoro Recio, Jr. from The Tobera Project and UCSC faculty and students, including professors Kathleen Cruz Gutierrez and Steve McKay. Christina's exhibit highlights audio recordings and photographs documenting the plight, struggles, vitality, and resilience of the manong (roughly translated to older brother) generation of Filipino migrants who first settled in the Pajaro Valley in the early twentieth century. More than their Labor offers a glimpse into the full lives of these families and identifies geographical spots they often frequented around the Pajaro Valley.

The collection of Watsonville is in the Heart oral history interviews are described in the collection guide available via the Online Archive of California. Contact Special Collections & Archives for more information on how to access the full recordings. 



Viva los Libros: Latinx Artist Books in UCSC Special Collections

Book of Sand exhibit


Katie Ligmond created this digital exhibit to showcase, analyze, and compare a selection of artists' books within UCSC's Special Collections & Archives that are created by Latinx artists, authors, publishers, and communities.

The five books featured are The Book of Sand/El Libro de Arena, Everything I Kept/Todo lo que Guardé, Codex Espangliensis: from Columbus to the Border Patrol, Incantations by Mayan Women, and El Alfabeto Animado/The Lively Alphabet/Uywakunawan Qelqasqa. 

Be sure to visit the Special Collections & Archives reading room to explore these works in person!


Makerspace at S&E Library
September 21, 2021

During fall and winter quarter, faculty and students may request items from the Science & Engineering Library collection using UC Library Search. The Library will fill item requests via interlibrary loan or purchase.

Physical collections located in the Science & Engineering Library stacks will not be accessible during the first floor renovation project beginning Wednesday, September 22, 2021. Normal access to Science & Engineering Library physical collections should be restored by the end of spring quarter 2022.



What are you doing with the physical collection during the renovation?
We will be removing the collection from its old shelves, securely storing it, and placing it in a new compact shelving system on the same floor, similar to the one in McHenry Library.

Are you shrinking the Science & Engineering Library collection?
No. Every volume that is coming off the old shelves will go into the new compact shelving system.

Why are you doing this?
Space for collections and space for library users. Compact shelving is much more space efficient. The new system will have a smaller footprint, but also add about 33% more capacity. That will help us better manage the collections we already have and give us room for their future growth. Moving the collection from its old location in the center of the floor to its new location in the southeast corner also allows us to improve and expand the Digital Scholarship Innovation Studio, and to add four new group study rooms.

Why can't we access the collections during the renovation project?
Safety. The collection is being temporarily housed in high-capacity industrial book carts. They are very heavy and very densely packed. We determined that accessing the collection during the renovation would pose an unacceptable safety risk to library staff.


UC Library Search
August 27, 2021

It’s finally here -- UC Library Search is now live! UC Library users now have access to a more robust discovery tool that allows you to conduct system-wide searches for materials across all UC campus library locations. UC Library Search has replaced Melvyl and is now the discovery tool to find and borrow materials from across all UC locations, as well as from UC Santa Cruz. 


Take a moment to check it out and let us know if you have any questions or issues. It’s important to note that today’s launch is just the beginning; UC Library Search will continue to evolve, refine and integrate additional functionality.


See our FAQ and UC Library Search guide for tips.

More information about UC Library Search, including previous announcements, can be found at:


Hathitrust Logo
August 12, 2021

September 1 is the end date for our campus access to the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS). As a member of HathiTrust, the UC Libraries were able to provide our campus access to ETAS while our physical collections remained inaccessible due to pandemic closures. With the fall reopening of our campus, the UC Libraries, and libraries nationally, the exception that permitted the service is coming to an end.

After 9/1, How Does the end of ETAS Impact You:

  • If you were an ETAS user, books you accessed online will still be discoverable through UC Library Search and are eligible for check out or borrowing through Interlibrary Loan.
  • If you are not back in Santa Cruz and are closer to a different UC campus, UC Library Search will allow you to request Interlibrary loan books and have them delivered to the UC campus closest to you for pick up there.
  • If you do not find books and films you need for your research and teaching, use the Request a Purchase form

The service supported our campus well through the full closure of our buildings. ETAS made 6.3 million in-copyright print titles held by UC libraries available in digital form to UCSC faculty, staff, and students. If pandemic conditions shift dramatically and health and safety concerns necessitate libraries closing again, we will work with our library partners and HathiTrust to reinstate the service. 


College 8 students, 1986
July 8, 2021

The University Library is excited to announce the establishment of a new Community Archiving Program. The Program will build on the foundation of the decades-old Regional History Project (RHP). Longtime Director of the RHP, Irene Reti has announced her plans to retire at the end of June and the Library has re-envisioned the Project to broaden its scope. The Library will soon be launching a national search for the newly created position of Community Archivist. The Community Archivist will continue to promote the method of oral history to capture the rich diversity of stories of the campus and region with a particular focus on reaching out to traditionally under-represented communities. The Community Archivist will partner with campus and community stakeholders to develop and facilitate oral history projects, serving as a resource to those interested in using the methodology in their own research or in documenting the history of their own communities. Additionally, the Community Archivist will seek out partnerships with community organizations and leaders to support the preservation of community history through other means, including, but not limited to the establishment of formal archival collections and public history projects.

Founded in 1963, the RHP has been instrumental in documenting the history of both the campus and the community and has served as a training ground for students and faculty in the field of oral history. Projects have included student-led oral histories documenting the aftermath of the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake and the impact of Covid-19 on the UCSC Community. The program has actively engaged with the local community since its inception, publishing oral histories on topics such as the history of agriculture on the Central Coast and working closely with other local history groups to provide guidance in developing their own oral history projects.

Reti has been part of the RHP since 1989 when she was hired as an editor. In 2004 she took over directorship of the project. Under her direction, the RHP produced over sixty oral histories, documenting the history of both the campus and Santa Cruz County. An accomplished oral historian, Reti herself conducted oral histories with such notable local and campus figures as Sam Farr, Donna Haraway and George Blumenthal. She also edited the compendium oral history volumes, Cultivating A Movement: An Oral History of Organic Farming and Sustainable Agriculture on California’s Central Coast and Out in the Redwoods: Documenting Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender History at the University of California, Santa Cruz 1965-2003. In 2020, Reti, with co-authors Sarah Rabkin and Cameron Vanderscoff, published the first comprehensive history of UCSC, Seeds of Something Different: An Oral History of the University of California, Santa Cruz.

We thank Irene for her dedication and stalwart leadership of RHP over the past 17 years and are eager to see how the work of RHP continues to grow in this new chapter.

Sammy Slug in the library
July 8, 2021

The McHenry Library and Science & Engineering Library buildings will reopen for print collections access and on-site services beginning July 1, 2021 as part of the campus reopening.

Library patrons planning to visit the buildings on July 1 are recommended to check the University Library website in advance for the most current information regarding hours of operation, service updates and campus/building safety protocols. Certain library services and spaces will look and feel different on July 1 as the campus and library work through various operational resumption phases. Since not all librarians and library staff will transition back to in-building work on July 1, faculty, students and graduate students needing resources or assistance are encouraged to continue using Remote Library Services as the first point to access library collections and services.

July 7, 2021

On July 27, 2021, the libraries on all 10 University of California campuses will be connected through UC Library Search, a unified discovery and borrowing system. 

In preparation for the migration, My Account features will be unavailable between July 9 and July 26.  

  • Beginning July 9, you will not be able login to My Account to view your checked out items or My Favorites.  The items will be transferred to UC Library Search and will be available again after launch on July 27.

The name Melvyl is retiring and there is no guarantee that saved lists in Melvyl will be moved to UC Library Search. Before July 27, please take the following steps to save your lists elsewhere:

  • Melvyl: Log in to Melvyl by clicking “Sign In” in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Click on your account name, and select “My Personal Lists” from the drop-down menu. From there you can access your saved lists. You can email your lists to yourself, or you can click on the “Cite” button and export them into citation management software.


For more information about UC Library Search, see our FAQ or contact the library.


Fireworks over the White House
June 15, 2021

The Library will be closed on Monday, July 5th in observance of Independence Day.

ProQuest Ebook Central
June 10, 2021

Proquest Ebook Central will be temporarily unavailable on Saturday, June 26 from 7AM - 3PM; this vendor outage will impact some of our ebooks. For more details about the outage, visit the Ebook Central website.

You can check if a particular title will be impacted by searching for the title in Library Search. Affected ebooks will include a note in the record as shown in the screenshot below. 

Note in ProQuest ebook record stating "Please note this service will be temporarily unavailable on Saturday June 26 from 7am - 3pm

If you anticipate needing access to a Proquest ebook during this outage, download the chapters in advance

McHenry Library
May 12, 2021

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UC Library Search
April 15, 2021

As one of the largest public university systems in the world, the University of California holds a vast collection of resources in its libraries. However, until now, each campus library used its own catalog, making it difficult for patrons to find items held at other campuses without using a separate search tool.

Beginning July 27, 2021, UC Library Search will bring all UC campus libraries together into the same system, just as a public library system uses one catalog for its many branches. UC Library Search will allow you to find resources from any UC campus,  including UCSC, quickly and simply, saving you time and effort. Additionally, you will be able to pick up UC Library materials from any campus, giving you the option to check out materials from the UC library closest to you. As an added bonus, UC Library Search will also enable you to find and request materials from outside the UC system, using interlibrary loan. 

UC Library Search expands what UCSC Library Search has already been doing for the past 2 years. The main difference is that you will no longer have to go through a separate system (Melvyl or Worldcat) to find and request items from outside UCSC. You will easily be able to see what you have borrowed, request extensions, and manage your account with a single login; you’ll no longer need to log into your local catalog, Melvyl, and Interlibrary Loan (ILL) separately.

Powered by ExLibris Alma/Primo, UC Library Search is the same system currently used by five UC campuses (including UCSC), the SUNY and CSU systems, as well as other consortia that include major research libraries such as Carnegie-Mellon, Northwestern, and the University of Washington. UC Library Search is the next step in the evolution of a unified UC discovery tool, and will enable greater collaboration between campuses in research and collections management. 

For more information, including an updated FAQ, please see our UC Library Search website, or contact  



Apply Now
April 7, 2021

Applications for the CART Fellowship Program in Summer and Fall 2021 are now open! The deadline to apply is Monday, May 10th.

Come to an online information session to learn more about this year’s project options at 12pm on Wednesday April 14th. Register here!

In the Center for Archival Research and Training, you can:

  • Get paid experience working remotely with archival materials
  • Create your own digital project aligned with your research and creative interests
  • Enhance your research skills using archives and primary sources
  • Help make archival collections more discoverable to researchers
  • Learn about different library and archives career options
  • Explore innovative digital tools that you can use in your research and teaching
  • Make connections with graduate students from different disciplines and interests

More information about this year's CART fellowship.

Contact CART Archivist Alix Norton at with any questions you have about the application and the program.

Photo by Shmuel Thaler
April 2, 2021

The University Library’s Regional History Project at Special Collections & Archives announces the publication of The Empty Year: An Oral History of the Pandemic(s) of 2020 at UC Santa Cruz, a book of twenty-two transcribed and edited oral histories gathered in late 2020 by a team of five UCSC student oral historians (undergraduate and graduate students). The team of students gained valuable and versatile professional skills and personalized knowledge in the areas of interviewing, project design and execution, communication, recording, team-building and collaboration, storytelling, and oral history research. The project was funded by a Radical Resilience small grant from the Division of Student Affairs and Success and funding from The Humanities Institute and the University Library.

2020 was a year of, not just the COVID-19 pandemic, but pandemics, plural. Some narrators in the book speak primarily of racism and racial justice; for others, COVID-19 is in the extreme foreground; others raise questions of economic justice in America and more locally for graduate students at UCSC; still others address climate change, since the CZU Lightning Complex fires exploded across Santa Cruz County and nearly consumed the campus itself. COVID-19’s pandemic tide scattered the UCSC community, swept us away from not only our routines, but from one another and from our interdependent sense of normalcy and self. While the pandemic can be mapped and tracked and tallied with numbers, for it to be understood and felt for many, if not most people, we need stories. The Empty Year calls for the deep listening of another to bind and cohere into something more whole, something more sustainable and resilient. The book is an impressionistic illustration of an unstable present and documents that present as part of the historical record, for an unknown future.

The 540-page book is published in both hardbound and electronic format and illustrated with full-color images by Shmuel Thaler and several other local photographers. The electronic PDF can be downloaded for free from eScholarship. Copies of the hardback book will be archived in the UCSC Library and are available for purchase from For more information contact Irene Reti, Director of the Regional History Project at

Photo by Shmuel Thaler.

March 16, 2021

After more than two years of negotiations, this morning the University of California announced a transformative open access agreement with Elsevier, the world’s largest academic publisher. This successful outcome is the result of UC’s faculty, librarians, and university leadership coming together to stand firm on our goals of making UC research freely available to all and transforming scholarly communication for the better.

The new four-year agreement will go into effect on April 1, 2021, restoring UC’s direct online access to Elsevier journals while accomplishing the university’s two goals for all publisher agreements:

  1. Enabling universal open access to all UC research; and 
  2. Containing the excessively high costs associated with licensing journals.

These goals directly support UC’s responsibility as a steward of public funds and its mission as a public university to make its research freely available. The agreement with Elsevier will double the number of articles covered by UC’s open access agreements.


What the agreement means for the UC community

  • Reading access: By April 1, 2021, UC will have regained access to all articles published in Elsevier journals the libraries subscribed to before, plus additional journals to which UC previously did not subscribe. Access to those journals in ScienceDirect will start to be restored now and will continue to be added until they are all available on April 1. If you cannot access a particular journal yet, you can access articles in other ways in the interim. 
  • Open access publishing in Elsevier journals: The agreement also provides for open access publishing of UC research in nearly 2,300 Elsevier journals from day one. The Cell Press and Lancet families of journals will be integrated midway through the four-year agreement; UC’s agreement is the first in the world to provide for open access publishing in the entire suite of these prestigious journals.
  • Library support for open access publishing: All articles with a UC corresponding author will be open access by default, with the library automatically paying the first $1,000 of the open access fee (also known as an article publishing charge or APC). Authors will be asked to pay the remainder of the APC if they have research funds available to do so.
  • Discounts on publishing: To lower those costs even further for authors, UC has negotiated a 15 percent discount on the APCs for most Elsevier journals; the discount is  10 percent for the Cell Press and Lancet families of journals.
  • Full funding support for those who need it: To ensure that all authors have the opportunity to publish their work open access, the library will cover the full amount of the APC for those who do not have sufficient research funds for the author share. Authors may also opt out of open access publishing if they wish.

If you have any questions, please contact the library at


Journal images courtesy of Elsevier

UC Library Search
March 16, 2021

UC Library Search will replace Melvyl on July 27, 2021.  Additionally, all of the sources currently available in UCSC’s Library Search will also be available from this one tool.


What is UC Library Search? What does it do?

We believe UC Library Search will vastly improve the research experiences of faculty, students, and other members of campus. This tool will enable searching of the UCSC local and UC-wide collections as one, while preserving the benefits and features of the local system, such as access to Course Reserves. Search results will benefit from inclusion of the combined UC campus collections, including items found in separate databases like HathiTrust. Most importantly, as discovery of materials improves, borrowing across campuses will become easier with a simplified interlibrary loan user interface.


Why is Melvyl retiring?

Behind the scenes, Melvyl relied on a complex patchwork system that connected multiple catalogs and databases in order to coordinate interlibrary loan and full-text access. As several of these systems approached the end of their life spans, the UC Libraries recognized the technical unsustainability and inherent risks associated with keeping the Melvyl system.


Celebrating Melvyl!

Melvyl debuted in 1981, revolutionizing the UC Library system by enabling researchers to find books at other UC campuses through computer terminals on their own campuses. Over the years, Melvyl has undergone various iterations. The most recent of these was upgrading to a discovery layer. 

As the sun sets on Melvyl, we celebrate the 40 years of innovative thinking and dedicated work that went into this vital tool. We also enthusiastically welcome UC Library Search, which will move us forward on this constantly evolving front and continue the UC Libraries tradition of working cooperatively and collaboratively.

Science and Engineering Library front entrance
March 12, 2021

The two state-of-the-art spaces in the Science & Engineering Library have been named in the honor of these distinguished science pioneers: the Sandra M. Faber Floor (third floor) and the Kathryn D. Sullivan Floor (first floor), thanks to naming gifts from donors Claudia and Alec Webster.  See the full article in the UC Santa Cruz Newscenter.

Person in lab coat holding tablet
March 10, 2021

Three new transformative agreements for UC authors to publish open access are launching this week. The agreements are with the following publishers:

We are excited to partner with these not-for-profit publishers.  

Each of these agreements is for three years. Articles accepted for publication from January 1, 2021 or after are eligible. 

Similar to the other transformative deals the UC has reached, these three also aim to expand the reach of UC-authored research, reduce financial barriers to author participation, and maintain journal affordability. Read more on the UC Office of Scholarly Communication site.

UC libraries will automatically pay the first $1,000 of the open access fee, or article processing charge (APC), for authors at the participating campuses. Authors are asked to pay the remainder if they have research funds available to do so. Authors who do not have research funds available can request full funding of the APC from the libraries, ensuring that lack of research funds does not present a barrier for UC authors who wish to publish open access.

HathiTrust logo
March 5, 2021

You can now find all books available online through the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service digitized from any UC collection directly from Library Search! This equals over 2.4 million titles owned by the University of California Libraries.

Just enter your search terms in the Library Search box on the homepage.

Items from HathiTrust ETAS will be shown as “Available Online” in your search results. Click the “Available via HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service” link to access the item.

Note that you will be asked to authenticate using your CruzID gold username and password to view the item in HathiTrust.

Computer catalog
February 12, 2021

On July 27, 2021, UC Library Search will go live, unifying the 10 University of California campus libraries under one integrated library system. UC Library Search will offer an integrated discovery and borrowing experience and will feature the following enhancements:

  • Ensures access to local materials without sacrificing discoverability from the wider collections of the UC and WorldCat (Libraries Worldwide) 
  • Eliminates the need to toggle between two systems (UCSC Search and Melvyl)
  • Simplifies the process of borrowing and renewing from another UC library
  • Greater discovery and access of full-text digital content throughout the library’s online collections

With this system/platform change, the long-used name Melvyl will be retired. Rest assured that the UC collections remain intact and the new system continues our tradition of making accessible a broad array of materials through innovative practices and technologies. 

The Library will communicate UC Library Search updates and progress. In the meantime, read more about this project on the University of California Libraries website


movie clapper
January 22, 2021

Curious about what movies you can watch for free?
The library has a new feature to browse or search films.

Find documentaries, foreign films, and more!

You will need to sign in with your CruzID for access.

"movie-clapper-icon_500x500" by Shmector is licensed under CC BY 2.0


Diversity and Equity
January 21, 2021

The University Library is pleased to share the recently released Statement on Equity in Special Collections, Archives, and Distinctive Collections in the University of California Libraries. The Heads of Special Collections of the UC System worked collaboratively to develop this statement. The group of leaders of Special Collections at each UC campus recognized their role and agency in addressing historic wrongs and worked to conceive an actionable statement about how they intend to effect change within the institution by "develop[ing] practices that counteract a paradigm of racist, sexist, and white-centered collecting, description, instruction, and access." The statement is a first small step meant to signal the beginning of a true reflection on and reassessment of this work. The work and all activities of Special Collections & Archives at UCSC are guided by the Statement.


Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

January 20, 2021

ProQuest, one of our eBook and database providers, will be down for maintenance beginning Saturday, January 30 at 7:00 PM PST through Sunday, January 31 at 5:00 AM PST.  This means that some ebooks, databases, and streaming video content will be temporarily unavailable.

If you encounter difficulties with access after this timeframe, check to make sure you are logged into the campus VPN first and if the resource is still not working for you, contact the library.


Undergraduate Research Fellowship $500 Award
January 12, 2021

We are very excited to offer a fantastic opportunity now open to UCSC undergraduates interested in doing a digital research project.

Up to 6 Undergraduate Digital Research Fellows will be selected to participate in a two-quarter training and mentorship program meant to launch digitally-focused independent research projects.

The Fellowship includes:

  • Methodological training which combines critical theory, critical making, and creativity
  • Digital skill-building around text analysis, visualization, 3D Animation, mapping, etc. as needed in order to enable fellows to build a research project of their unique design
  • Ongoing mentorship to support project development by a Digital Scholarship Librarian
  • A $500 award to support the development or public presentation of their work
  • Presentation experience at the Digital Research Symposium in spring 2021

Applications are due by Thursday, January 21, 2021!

For more details about how to apply and Fellowship requirements, please visit our application page.

student with laptop
January 12, 2021

Thank you for your interest, but the sessions are now filled.

Stay tuned for future opportunities.

Springer Nature Publisher Logo
January 4, 2021

As of January 4, 2021, Phase I of the University of California and Springer Nature’s Transformative Agreement is live. Phase I of the agreement supports UC authors whose articles are accepted by journals in the Springer portion of the Springer Nature portfolio, including Springer, Adis, and Palgrave Macmillan titles, as well as academic journals on  

Learn more about the agreement and how it provides funding for UC authors to publish open access with Springer.  

Check out some of the journals included in this agreement!  
(Images courtesy of Springer Nature)

Gregory Bateson, photo by Carol Foote
December 18, 2020

Check out the campus history collections recently published on the library's Digital Collections site.

The collections include photographs, maps, and scrapbooks covering the founding of UCSC through the present.

Hihn Building Photo by Alexander Lowry
December 14, 2020

Stories from the Epicenter is a ten-part documentary podcast that explores the experience and memory of the Loma Prieta Earthquake through oral history records and interviews with current residents of Santa Cruz and Watsonville. It was produced by the University Library at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in partnership with the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, and Santa Cruz Public Libraries.

See the full list of episodes and visual companion to the podcast on the Digital Scholarship page.

Library Newsletter Fall 2020
October 29, 2020

Read the Fall 2020 Library Newsletter.

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

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October 28, 2020

The Library is pleased to announce the completion of a music preservation project, Digitizing the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music: Putting Experimental Music in Conversation with Classical Tradition. Founded in 1963, the Cabrillo Festival is distinctive in its focus on contemporary symphonic music by living composers. This project preserves and makes available over 670 recordings of live Festival performances from 1964-1990, and features works by experimental artists such as Annea Lockwood, John Cage, Lou Harrison, and many others.

These recordings document the "critical role the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music played in shaping local culture and national practices surrounding classical and contemporary music,” notes Madison Heying, Ph.D. (Cultural Musicology, UC Santa Cruz), who co-wrote the grant with the Library. Recordings were drawn from two collections held by UCSC Special Collections: the Cabrillo Festival records and the Other Minds records.

The recordings are now discoverable on the UC Santa Cruz University Library Digital Collections site.* Due to copyright restrictions, immediate streaming access is limited to UCSC affiliates. All other interested users, including researchers and the general public, may search and browse performance descriptions and request access from Special Collections. (Note: Recordings from Festival seasons 1991-2003 were also digitized with the support of this grant, and are available upon request.)

This project was supported by a Recordings at Risk grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The grant program is made possible by funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

*UC Santa Cruz University Library Digital Collections Site is currently in beta. Feedback is welcome.

free the textbook
October 7, 2020

Your students are under stress—high textbook costs are leading many to delay or not even purchase required texts at all. Result: poorer grades, dropped classes, and lower retention educational inequity rises. What can instructors do about it? Adopting or adapting Open Educational Resources offers all-inclusive, openly licensed, always-accessible course materials at no cost to students! AND using, modifying, or even contributing to OER materials helps build a more open, equitable, and sustainable future for higher education.

Join the University Library for a one-hour workshop on OER where we'll go over: Issues, concepts, and fundamentals of OER How to find and assess OER materials Identifying OER in your discipline—a hands-on exercise Learn how you can incorporate OER into your curriculum and improve student success!

Tuesday, October 13th, 5–6pm via Zoom


Nomad and Unpaywall Logos
August 4, 2020

Don’t let a paywalled journal article stop you from pursuing the full-text. There are two free browser extensions that can help.


Nomad is a Chrome extension that will link either to our Library’s subscription, or to an interlibrary loan request link. Download LibKey Nomad at the Chrome Store, and when prompted for your institution, search Santa Cruz and choose University of California Santa Cruz. 

On a journal page, you will start seeing the Nomad access button in the lower left corner.

At select sites, such as Wikipedia or PubMed, you will start seeing small Nomad access buttons next to citations with library subscriptions.



Available on both Chrome and Firefox, Unpaywall detects when you’re looking at a journal article and adds a small color-coded tab to the right side of the page.

   A green unlocked tab links to a legal, free, open access version. The tab can also be gold or bronze.


   A grey locked tab means that Unpaywall can’t connect you to an open access copy.


Both Nomad and Unpaywall browser extensions have clear privacy and security statements that they won’t share your data with third parties.

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July 22, 2020

A note for UCSC students, staff and faculty using the campus VPN to access library licensed databases, journals, books and other resources

From Campus ITS:

Beginning Saturday July 25th, at 10 am, signing into Campus VPN will work differently.

You will be prompted to enter your password as usual but will also be required to enter a passcode or keyword tied to the Campus Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) solution. This is the same method for logging into UCPath, MyUCSC, Canvas, and CruzPay.
Please review the quick start guide to learn what to enter into the MFA field. Valid options include push (recommended), SMS, phone, or passcode. 

VPN Multifactor Authentication screenshot


If you have questions about MFA, please contact the ITS Support Center

photograph of all guest speakers
July 9, 2020

Did you miss any part of the Summer 2020 series?

Each event in this six-part series, featuring the editors of SEEDS alongside prominent UCSC faculty and staff commentators, was recorded and can now be viewed online.

View the recordings

Springer Nature Publisher Logo
June 16, 2020

The University of California has reached a transformative open access agreement with Springer Nature, the world’s second-largest academic publisher. See the press release here

UC authors: link here for more details about how the deal will impact you.

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May 10, 2020

HathiTrust has taken an important step to open up copyrighted material in their digital library to member institutions with copies of those items in their physical collections. As their libraries are approved for the service, UC faculty, students, and staff will have access to digitized books in HathiTrust that represent UC’s physical holdings. This emergency, temporary service expands access significantly beyond the millions of digitized public domain volumes currently available via HathiTrust.

To take advantage of this temporary expanded access:

  1. Visit and click the yellow “LOG IN” button.
  2. Select “University of California Santa Cruz” and log in using your CruzID Gold credentials.
  3. Search the HathiTrust digital library to locate the item you wish to view.
  4. Click on the Temporary Access link at the bottom of the record to Check Out the item through the Emergency Temporary Access Service.

You will have 60 minutes of access to an in-copyright book during the session. If you remain active in the book during the session, access time will be extended. You are not able to download the book in any way; you may only read it online in an active session while using HathiTrust. This access model is intended to address the unique access needs of this moment while still protecting the author’s rights.

It is important to note that this is a temporary service. Emergency access will end when regular access to UC library’s physical collection is restored. 


HathiTrust’s Top Three Tips for Users:

  1. Log-in, Log-in, Log-in! Temporary Access books available from your library’s collection are available only when you log-in to HathiTrust using your normal CruzID Gold log-in and password. 
  2. Check out an item only when you plan to use it. Each Temporary Access book has an initial check-out period of 60 minutes. If you remain active in the book during any session, access time will be extended. If you do not remain active, it will be released for use by other users on your campus.
  3. Use step-by-step instructions for computer/mobile access. Start here:

If you have questions or concerns, please submit them to


Available Online link in Primo
May 8, 2020

Quickly and easily find online library materials!

What changed?
Searching from the library homepage search box now defaults to our new "Available Online" scope. This will retrieve online library resources such as ebooks, articles, streaming audio or video, and more.

This change supports remote learning and instruction by increasing the efficiency of discovering online materials.

Want to see physical library materials in your search results?
Select the "Everything" option from the dropdown menu on the library homepage to retrieve results for both physical and online items.

April 24, 2020

Though the main UC Santa Cruz campus has been evacuated, the library's online resources and services remain available.  We want to express our deep appreciation to Cal Fire and the myriad of agencies working to fight the fire and keep the campus safe. 

Here are just a few resources library staff are watching to keep ourselves informed about the status of the fire and the campus, evacuations, and air quality.  We hope you'll find them useful:


CZU Lightning Complex Updates and news:

UC Santa Cruz Fire Updates

Cal Fire San Mateo / Santa Cruz Twitter feed

Cal Fire's CZU Lightning Complex Update Page

Santa Cruz County Twitter feed


CZU Lightning Complex Maps:

Air Now Fire and Smoke Map

CZU Lightning Complex Evacuation Map

Interactive Map from CalTopo


SCU Lightning Complex Updates:

Cal Fire's SCU Lighting Complex Update Page

SCU Lightning Complex Evacuation Viewer

(The SCU Fire is located in Santa Clara and Alameda counties)

Library Closure
April 23, 2020

Both the McHenry Library and the Science and Engineering Library will be closed until further notice. Services that involve accessing or exchanging physical items will not be offered. All patron-facing services will focus solely on online or remote options. More information about resources and contacts are available at the Library Remote Access webpage.  

See more campus information on the impact of the COVID-19 virus.

student with laptop
April 22, 2020

Thank you for your interest! This activity has now concluded.

We will announce future opportunities through the library website and social media.

electronic book
April 22, 2020

In keeping with the campus announcement to extend remote instruction and its related activities through the end of spring quarter, and in support of the health and well-being of the campus community and the library staff, the University Library expects that library buildings will remain closed through spring quarter.  There will be no access to the physical collection while the building is closed. The University Library is committed to supporting the success of remote instruction and is making as much of its collection and services accessible online as it can.

Remote Access to Course Content

  • Much of the Library’s collection is accessible in eBook format now. Request additional titles needed for your teaching using our request a purchase form. If an eBook can be licensed for academic use, the library will license it. For ebooks already in our collection, can confirm if the title has a multi-user license suitable for your course needs.
  • The University Library has expanded its support for licensing streaming media required for teaching through June. Faculty may request films required for teaching your courses using our purchase form. If a required film can be licensed for academic use, the library will license it. 
  • The University Library has and will continue to take advantage of publisher offers to expand access to content not currently licensed by the University Library through June - see Library Trials to see what is available now.
  • The University Library’s Interlibrary Loan service will continue to fill requests that can be readily completed and delivered electronically such as book chapters, tables of contents and articles. See the Interlibrary Loan page for more information and details on how to submit a request.


Library Support for Remote Instruction

The University Library has adapted its teaching support services for remote instruction and we are ready to work with you and your students. Instructors may reach out to with questions. Visit the Digital Scholarship web page for up to date information about library services to support remote instruction. 



Librarians are available by email, chat, and virtual appointments to assist.

University Library Spring Newsletter
April 21, 2020


Read the full Spring 2020 Library Newsletter.

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

Picture of book cover
April 21, 2020

UC Santa Cruz's Regional History Project is proud to announce the publication of Seeds of Something Different: An Oral History of the University of California, Santa Cruz, a masterful two-volume history weaving together first-person accounts of the campus's evolution, from the origins of an audacious dream through the sea changes of five decades. More than two hundred narrators and a trove of archival images from Special Collections & Archives contribute to this dynamic, nuanced account.

Accompanying the publication of Seeds of Something Different is a companion website featuring additional selections from the University Archives. Learn more about the book, the companion website, and how to purchase your copy of Seeds.

Free the textbook
April 19, 2020

Date: Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Register Now!

Students are under stress—high textbook costs are leading many to delay or not even purchase required texts at all. Result: poorer grades, dropped classes, and lower retention educational inequity rises.

What can instructors do about it? Adopting or adapting Open Educational Resources offers all-inclusive, openly licensed, always-accessible course materials at no cost to students!

Join the University Library for a one-hour workshop on OER where we'll go over:

  • Issues, concepts, and fundamentals of OER
  • How to find and assess OER materials
  • Identifying OER in your discipline—a hands-on exercise!

Learn how you can incorporate OER materials into your curriculum and improve student success

Digital Scholarship Research Symposium
April 14, 2020

When:  May 29th, 1:30–3:30pm

What: Lightning talks highlighting student research

Where: This will be a Zoom event. Register here.

At UC Santa Cruz, students are engaged in creative, critical research using digital tools and platforms.  The Digital Scholarship Research Symposium provides students an opportunity to present their digital projects in a professional setting and to allow them a venue to show their project in its functioning form, allowing them to engage in a scholarly setting with their colleagues, faculty, and other academic professionals and receive meaningful feedback about their projects.  This iteration of the Digital Scholarship Symposium would continue to provide an opportunity to share finished projects through a platform on the DSC website and focus on lightning talks with a Q&A session and a digital showcase of their projects.

Join us to explore public-facing, media-rich, critically engaged, and creative student research. 


Schedule will include:

Opening remarks by Elizabeth Cowell, Richard L. Press University Librarian Presidential Chair
3–7 minute lightning talks by UCSC students
Special lecture and round table events hosted by the DSC.


Register to Attend


Apply to Present

Are you a student at UCSC?  Have you created a digital project?  Join us as a presenter! 

We invite all undergraduate and graduate students engaged in creative, critical research using digital tools and platforms to submit proposals for a digital lightning round presentation.  Presentations will be 3–7 minutes depending on the number of participants.

The Digital Lightning Rounds will be supplemented with an online exhibit that allows students to highlight the interactivity of their work by sharing live digital projects.  We encourage you to submit live projects or project prototypes when possible. Classroom work is welcome: you can submit a proposal for individual or group work as long as all authors are represented on the project.

Each presentation will include:

  • A 3–7 minute lightning talk (depending on the number of students)
  • An opportunity for your lightning talk to be recorded and hosted on the DSC website (by presenter's permission only)
  • A spot on our digital showcase that includes a project abstract, your name, an image, and a link to your project (if applicable)

Apply to Present

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until 5/22 or until full.

archive folder
April 14, 2020

Applications for the 2020-2021 CART Fellowship Program are now open!

In the Center for Archival Research and Training, graduate students can:

  • Get hands-on, paid experience in archival processing in an academic library
  • Enhance your research skills in archives and primary sources
  • Help make archival collections more discoverable and accessible to researchers
  • Learn about different library and archives career options
  • Get experience curating a public exhibit
  • Learn about innovative digital tools that you can use in your research and teaching
  • Make connections with graduate students from different disciplines and interests

Learn more about the Center for Archival Research and Training. Contact CART Archivist Alix Norton at with any questions and to submit your application. Apply by Monday, May 18th for first consideration.

student with laptop
March 27, 2020

Thank you for your interest. All usability sessions are now full.

Please check back for future opportunities.

Remote Access
March 17, 2020

While in-person services are suspended, get tips for using library services remotely with our new guide.

Photo of microphone
March 4, 2020

Interested in how you might use podcasting in your teaching, research, or other creative activity—especially in this challenging moment of remote learning and communication?

Join Digital Scholarship Librarian Daniel Story for this Zoom workshop for a brief overview of the landscape of podcasting and a longer practical introduction to the software GarageBand and Audacity.

Registration is required.

Date: Friday, April 10, 2020
Time: 1:30-3:00pm
Location: Zoom 

March 3, 2020

Interested in how you might use podcasting in your teaching, research, or other creative activity—especially in this challenging moment of remote learning and communication?

Join Digital Scholarship Librarian Daniel Story via Zoom for a brief overview of the landscape of podcasting and a practical introduction to the tools and workflows that will help you get started. No experience required; questions welcomed.

Registration is required.

This Zoom session will be recorded and may be made public at a later date. You can communicate your questions via chat if you do not wish to be part of the recording, and there will be a brief Q&A period at the end that will not be recorded.

You will be asked to do a short registration when you login to the call. This information helps us better tailor future events. All but the name field is not required.


Date: Friday, April 3rd 
Time: 1:30-2:30pm
Location: Zoom

archival photographs
March 1, 2020

Interested in applying to be a CART Fellow for 2020-2021? Come to this information session to ask questions about the CART program, talk with former CART Fellows, and get to know the archival collections that next year's cohort will arrange, describe, and preserve.

This will be a remote session, available via Zoom. Call-in details will be provided to registrants closer to the date.

CART Commons programs are hosted by Special Collections & Archives, University Library, in collaboration with the Elisabeth Remak-Honnef Center for Archival Research and Training (CART).

CART Commons fosters a sense of community for UC Santa Cruz graduate students involved in archival research. Gatherings include hands-on archival explorations and informal presentations alongside opportunities to consider questions related to primary source research practices. Please visit the CART Commons website to learn more and join the CART Commons Mailing List.   

Date: Friday, April 10th
Time: 2:40pm - 3:45pm
Location: Zoom


Jerry Garcia Image
February 14, 2020

This newest exhibit featuring unique materials from the Grateful Dead Archive will explore how the members of the band and the global Dead Head community took inspiration from one another in creating an image-rich, worldwide art practice that, like the band’s music, scrambled perceived standards and norms. 

The creative works presented in When We Paint Our Masterpiece reveal a world full of variety when it comes to design practices, international traditions, visual icons, and art forms. There has been space for all of these patterns and visions in the community of fans and fellow artists that blossomed around the band, and that community of creators continues to thrive today. This exhibit explores  the mutual appreciation among fans as well as between fans and the band. 

On view starting February 6th through 2020.

This free exhibit is open to the public during McHenry Library hours.

Open Access Logo
February 4, 2020

UC and Elsevier 
After formal negotiations stalled in February 2019, UC and Elsevier have remained in informal conversations and are looking forward to continuing that dialogue. UC and Elsevier plan to hold a meeting to explore reopening negotiations within the first quarter of 2020. 

Over the past year, Elsevier has signed other transformative agreements, and we are hopeful that this suggests that the publisher is ready to discuss deals that align with UC’s goals.

In the meantime, learn more about how the Library can help you find the Elsevier articles you need.

Share your views: Members of UC’s academic community are encouraged to participate in a short 3-minute poll to gauge the impact of the loss of immediate access to current Elsevier content via ScienceDirect.

Wiley and Springer Nature
UC is in negotiations with Wiley and Springer Nature to renew contracts that expired on Dec. 31. In each case, UC and the publisher have a shared desire to reach a transformative agreement that combines UC’s subscription with open access publishing of UC research. Both publishers have extended UC’s access to their journals, under the terms of their previous contracts, while negotiations are underway. 

New agreements: Association for Computing Machinery and Journal of Medical Internet Research

UC has announced two new publisher agreements, each with a different model to provide financial support for UC researchers who choose to publish their work open access. 

  • UC was one of four major research institutions to enter into an open access publishing agreement with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Under the three-year agreement with this society publisher, the UC libraries will pay to retain access to ACM’s journals and other publications, and to ensure that UC researchers’ articles will be made openly available at the time of publication at no cost to the authors.
  • As part of a new two-year pilot with JMIR Publications — a native open access publisher of more than 30 digital health-related journals including its flagship Journal of Medical Internet Research — the UC Libraries will pay the first $1,000 of the open access publishing fee for all UC authors who choose to publish in a JMIR journal. Authors who do not have research funds available can request financial assistance from the libraries for the remainder of the costs, ensuring that lack of research funds does not present a barrier for UC authors who wish to publish in JMIR journals. 

Each agreement expands UC’s portfolio of options for its authors who wish to make their research open access. As UC’s first such agreements with a native open access and a society publisher, respectively, the two new pilots exemplify the university’s commitment to finding ways to work with publishers of all types and sizes to advance open access to UC research. 

Cambridge University Press: Agreement now fully implemented
After an initial kickoff phase in 2019, UC’s first transformative open access agreement, with Cambridge University Press, is now fully in effect. Starting this month, when UC corresponding authors submit their accepted manuscript for publication with Cambridge, they will be prompted to consider making their article open access. The open access fee will be discounted by 30%, and the UC Libraries’ $1,000 subsidy will be applied automatically. Authors who have research funding available will be asked to use those funds to pay any remaining amount, under a cost-sharing model designed to enable the UC Libraries to stretch their available funds and help as many authors as possible. As with UC’s agreement with JMIR, if an author does not have research funds available to pay the remainder of the open access publishing fee, they can request that the libraries pay their portion, as well. Learn more about the agreement and what it means for you if you publish with Cambridge.

More to Come
Conversations with other publishers are also in the pipeline, and we will keep you apprised when there are major developments or new agreements to share.

If you have questions about any of these open access publishing agreements or negotiations, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at

UCSC Science and Engineering Library
February 3, 2020

The six-month renovation project on the third floor of the Science & Engineering Library is now wrapping up. We've created a new space we hope you'll really like. There is all new furniture, abundant AC and USB power, and four new group study rooms. Come see for yourself.

If you have comments or suggestions, please direct them to Greg Careaga,

workshop attendees
February 3, 2020

Join your UCSC librarians for this quarter's series of workshops—at a variety of locations and times—with the research needs of graduate and undergraduate students in mind!
Learn more and register!


Get Organized! Ease Your Research Workflow with Zotero

  • 1:30–2:30pm, Thursday, 9 January, Graduate Student Commons
  • 7–8pm, Wednesday, 15 January, online via Zoom 
  • 1:15–2:15pm, Thursday, 16 January, Room 2353, McHenry Library
  • 5:20–6:20pm, Tuesday, 11 February, Active Learning Classroom, Science & Engineering Library


Digital Scholarship Workshops—in the Digital Scholarship Commons Lab(ground floor, McHenry Library)except where noted:

  • Manage Your Research Data with DMPTool & Dryad
    1:30–2:45pm, Tuesday, 14 January
  • 3D Printing Terrain
    1:30–3:30pm, Friday, 17 January
  • Getting Started with Network Analysis
    1:30–2:30pm, Tuesday, 21 January, DSC VizWall
  • Tools & Strategies for Your First Group Work Project
    2–3pm, Tuesday, 28 January
  • Workshop: Intro to Network Analysis with Net.Create
    1:30–3pm, Tuesday, 4 February
  • Talk: "A Deeper History of Data-Driven Advertising"
    12–1pm, Tuesday, 18 February, DSC VizWall


Center for Archival Research & Training (CART) Commons Workshops:

  • Guest Speaker: Professor Ben Breen (History)
    2:40–3:45pm, Friday, 21 February, Special Collections & Archives Reading Room (3rd floor, McHenry Library)
  • Digital Scholarship and Primary Sources
    2:40–3:45pm, Friday, 13 March, Digital Scholarship Commons (ground floor, McHenry Library)


Workshops co-sponsored with the Literature Department:

  • Developing and Refining Your Syllabi for Research Projects
    3–4pm, Tuesday, 21 January, Room 620, Humanities I
  • Publishing Your Work
    2:30–4pm, Thursday, 5 March, Room 202, Humanities I


Questions? Contact

Image of Open Hours SIgn
February 2, 2020

The Digital Scholarship Commons, on the ground floor of McHenry Library, houses the Media Collection, DSC Lab space, VizLab, Viewing and Listening rooms, and space for collaborative work and study. 


During the Winter and Spring 2020 academic quarters, the DSC will pilot new, longer open hours:

Sunday 10:15am-11:45pm
Monday-Thursday 8:15am-11:45pm
Friday 8:15am-7:45pm
Saturday 11:15-6:45pm


The new hours start on Monday, January 6, 2020! 


Sorry we will be closed
February 1, 2020

The Science & Engineering will be closed from Saturday, February 15th through Monday, February 17th to facilitate upgrades to power and safety for the library's new air handling units.

McHenry Library will be open normal hours on Saturday and Sunday but both libraries will be closed for the President's Day holiday on Monday, Feb. 17.  See the hours page for full details.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Stephanie Foo
January 22, 2020

The Human Book is a Library speaker series for every UCSC student. We know that life after college can seem intimidating. As a response, we are bringing one alum to campus every quarter for our Human Book event. The event will give current students a chance to listen to someone who used to face similar challenges when they were a student at UC Santa Cruz years ago. The alum will talk about how they surmounted these obstacles and ultimately built a successful career. There will also be ample time to ask questions. Bring your questions and join the conversation!

Our featured speaker, Stevenson alumna Stephanie Foo (‘08 modern literature) is a 2019-2020 Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow
Awards: Nominated for Best Writing, Special Class, and Best Short Format, Special Class, for This American Life: Videos 4 U
Outstanding Directing, Special Class for This American Life: Videos 4 U


Tuesday, February 11, 2020
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Digital Scholarship Commons, McHenry Library



DSI Logo
January 7, 2020

Friday, January 10, 2020 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Digital Scholarship Innovation Studio Science & Engineering Library

Join us in the Digital Scholarship Innovation Studio on the lower level of the Science & Engineering Library to learn about the new 3D printers we have in the library. You can learn how to use the printers to print your own project for free or request that we print something to add to our checkout pool. The DSI pilot program will open with access to three Ultimaker 3 3D printers for all UCSC affiliates. The DSI is associated with the Digital Scholarship Commons (DSC) on the ground floor of McHenry. The programs are geared towards helping you get your digital scholarship up off the ground by providing access to equipment, software, and programs that support your ability to experiment and innovate.

Light refreshments will be provided.



Computer with Data
January 6, 2020

Manage Your Research Data with DMPTool & Dryad
January 14, 2020 1:30-2:45pm
McHenry Library, Digital Scholarship Commons

Journal publishers and funders are increasingly requiring accessible research data as a necessary component of reproducibility. Attendees will learn data management planning requirements and how to publish research data using the DMPTool and Dryad data publishing platform.


The workshop is appropriate for all disciplines. Faculty, staff and graduate students are encouraged to attend.

Please Register for this free Workshop

  • Bring your laptop for hands-on opportunities. Or, preregister for a DSC computer password.


Daniella Lowenberg is the Research Data Specialist and Product Manager for Dryad and Project Lead for Sloan Foundation funded by the Make Data Count initiative.

Maria Praetzellis is the Product Manager for Research Data Management initiatives at the California Digital Library.

January 5, 2020

Mon - Thurs:    8am - Midnight
Friday:              8am - 8pm
Saturday:          11am - 7pm
Sunday:            10am - Midnight

See the hours page for full details.


Science & Engineering Library
November 26, 2019


The renovations of the Science & Engineering Library will create a comfortable and beautiful study environment to support academic success. The renovated space will be for different types of study, students support, and collaboration.

Learn more about this project

Photo of Hayden White
November 25, 2019

The collection of Hayden V. White Papers is newly processed and openly available for research in the Special Collections & Archives reading room. The collection includes White’s research files, correspondence, drafts of writings and publications, teaching files, and conference files, in both paper and digital form.  The collection guide can be viewed on the Online Archive of California.


Hayden V. White (1928-2018) was a literary critic, historical theorist, and University Professor at UC Santa Cruz who made contributions to the study of narrative theory, historiography, and hermeneutics throughout his academic career. A central thread of White's research throughout his career was questioning how historical events are constructed through writing and discourse. White was instrumental in forming and formalizing the department of History of Consciousness at UC Santa Cruz, and also taught at Stanford, Wesleyan, the University of Rochester, UCLA, and UC Berkeley.


The new exhibit showcasing this collection, entitled “Archival Research as Penance”: The Papers and Library of Hayden V. White, opens on Friday November 1st from 10:30am to 12pm in the Special Collections & Archives Reading Room, and will be on display until March 20th, 2020. The exhibit was curated by CART Fellows and History of Consciousness graduate students Patrick King and Christian Alvarado.


Details and registration information.

November 25, 2019


Read the full Fall 2019 Library Newsletter.

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

November 24, 2019

Interlibrary Loan services are provided at no cost to all UC Santa Cruz students, staff, and faculty.

Use the barcode on your UC Santa Cruz ID to request journal articles, books, and media items that aren't locally available from libraries around the world. 

Learn how to use our Interlibrary Loan service.

A world of research awaits you with Interlibrary Loan! 


open late
November 24, 2019

The library will have extended hours for finals December 1 - 12, 2019.

Dec. 1     8am - 2am
Dec. 2     8am - 2am
Dec. 3     8am - 2am
Dec. 4     8am - 2am
Dec. 5     8am - 2am
Dec. 6     8am - Midnight
Dec. 7     8am - Midnight
Dec. 8     8am - 2am
Dec. 9     8am - 2am
Dec. 10   8am - 2am
Dec. 11   8am - 2am
Dec. 12   8am - 2am

Please see the library hours page for our complete schedule.

November 11, 2019

Join your UCSC librarians for a newly expanded series of workshops—at a variety of locations and times—with the research needs of graduate students in mind!


An Interactive Introduction to Storymaps
1:30–3pm, Tuesday, October 29th (Digital Scholarship Commons, McHenry Library)


CART Commons: An Archival Research Learning Community for Graduate Students 

CART Commons: Conducting and Using Oral Histories
2:40–3:45pm, Friday, November 8th (Special Collections Reading Room, McHenry Library)

CART Commons: Digitized Primary Sources in the Wild
2:40–3:45pm, Friday, November 22nd (Special Collections Reading Room, McHenry Library)

CART Commons gatherings include hands-on archival explorations and informal presentations alongside opportunities to consider questions related to primary source research practices. Learn more and register


Sharing Your Scholarship: What, Where, When, and How
4–5pm, Thursday, November 14th (Room 240, Physical Sciences Building

October 19, 2019

Both McHenry and the Science and Engineering Libraries will close at 5:00pm on Wednesday, November 27, and the buildings will be closed all day Thursday and Friday November 28-29 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

We will return to normal hours on Saturday, November 30.

October 18, 2019

Dryad is an open-source, research data curation and publication platform. UC Santa Cruz is a proud partner of Dryad and offers Dryad as a free service for all UC Santa Cruz researchers to publish and archive their data.

Datasets published in Dryad receive a citation and can be versioned at any time. Dryad is integrated with hundreds of journals and is an easy way to both publish data and comply with funder and publisher mandates.

Check out published datasets or submit yours at:


Making Data Publishing as Easy as Possible:

  • In addition to supporting datasets as part of a journal submission, Dryad now also supports datasets being submitted independently
  • Data can be uploaded from cloud storage or lab servers 
  • Datasets can be as large as 300GB
  • Datasets can easily be updated or versioned at any time in our process
  • Standardized data usage and citation statistics are updated and displayed for each published dataset 
  • Data can be submitted and downloaded through our new REST APIs


University Library: Research Data Management

Photo of Pacific Avenue taken by Alexander Lowry
October 10, 2019

Santa Cruz and the Loma Prieta Earthquake, 30 Years On

The 6.9 magnitude earthquake that rocked the greater Bay Area in 1989 is known to many simply as the San Francisco earthquake. 

But its epicenter was near the Loma Prieta Peak in the Santa Cruz Mountains -- much closer to Santa Cruz


Come see the visual exhibit:

What: 10/17/89: Santa Cruz and the Loma Prieta Earthquake, 30 Years On
Where: VizWall, Digital Scholarship Commons, Ground Floor, McHenry Library 
When: Now through October 29th, 2019




Photo Credit: Loma Prieta Earthquake. View of Pacific Avenue. Alexander Lowry, UCSC Library Special Collections & Archives

October 9, 2019

Join us Monday, November 18th at 6:30 in McHenry Library Room 2353 for a Library Student Advisory Council orientation meeting. 

The Library Student Advisory Council (LSAC) serves the campus by:

  • Advising on the design and implementation of University Library policies and services affecting students
  • Offering student perspectives on library issues
  • Gathering input from other UCSC undergraduate and graduate students
  • Representing the University Library at campus events and meetings
  • Advocating for the University Library to campus constituencies

Refreshments will be provided.

Email to RSVP.

Sorry we will be closed
October 1, 2019

McHenry Library and the Science & Engineering Library will be closed on Monday, November 11th for Veterans Day.

See the library hours page for more information.

Tape measure
October 1, 2019

S&E will be closed this Saturday for public safety while we lift heavy equipment onto the roof.

McHenry Library will be open normal hours from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

S&E Library will reopen on Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

September 22, 2019

Read the full Summer 2019 Library Newsletter.

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

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September 19, 2019

The UC faculty and librarians are holding strong to their twin objectives of expanded access to UC author research through open access and reducing the overall costs of our Elsevier agreement.

How Does this Impact You?

  • In July, Elsevier shut off access to articles published in 2019 and to the backfiles of some journals we did not have perpetual rights to. 
  • The UCSC Research Librarians and Interlibrary Loan staff are ready to help you access the articles you need. 


Connect with us if you have questions or need help:




Textbooks for Free
September 19, 2019

Textbook costs got you down? Your University Library can help!

Cambridge University Press logo
September 19, 2019

Earlier this year, we shared some exciting changes that will make it easier and more affordable for UC authors to publish open access with Cambridge University Press. Those changes are now live.

Visit the Office of Scholarly Communication site for more details and information about the process.

September 18, 2019

Something new is happening on the Lower Level of Science and Engineering. Rumblings of rumors suggest that 3D printers might be coming to the library... and they are right! The Digital Scholarship Innovation Studio opened this Fall.

Following the success of the work in the Digital Scholarship Commons, the DSI will be a space in Science and Engineering that expands the work of the library to support the 3D lifecycle. The DSC and the DSI are integrated programs geared towards helping you get your digital scholarship up off the ground by providing access to equipment, software, and programs that support your ability to experiment and innovate. The DSI pilot program will open with access to three Ultimaker 3 3D printers for all UCSC affiliates. That's a lot of threes!

image of data miner
September 6, 2019

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a $165,000 grant to a UC Berkeley-led team of legal experts, librarians and scholars who will help humanities reserachers and staff navigate complex legal questions in the cutting edge field of data mining. 

Find out more

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September 4, 2019

To:      UC Santa Cruz Community

From:  Elizabeth Cowell, University Librarian 
           Kimberly Lau, Chair, UC Santa Cruz Academic Senate

Re:      Elsevier access suspended


The University of California has been out of contract with Elsevier since January, but until now the publisher continued to allow access to 2019 articles via ScienceDirect. As of today (July 10, 2019) UC’s direct access to new Elsevier articles has been discontinued.


What is affected: Members of the UC community no longer have direct access to:

  • 2019 articles in all Elsevier journals
  • Older articles in certain journals (download the list)

What is not affected: Articles published before 2019 in most Elsevier journals (covering about 95% of historical usage) should continue to be available via ScienceDirect.  

The systemwide faculty Senate has encouraged stakeholders across UC to use alternative access methods or contact their campus library for assistance in obtaining articles, and to refrain from any new independent subscriptions to Elsevier journals at this time. “By ‘holding the line,’” the Senate leadership writes, “the UC can help change the system of scholarly communication for the betterment of all.” 

How to get the articles you need

Information about other ways to access Elsevier articles is available on the library’s website and summarized below. There are several options — plus, the library is always here to help.

  • Use the interlibrary loan (ILL) request form. Any request for content no longer licensed through Elsevier will automatically be placed into a rush queue. ILL requests made in Melvyl or via UC-eLinks will also be expedited.  
  • Use tools like Google ScholarUnpaywall and Open Access Button to quickly find open access copies, when available.
  • Email the corresponding author listed in the abstract to request a copy.
  • We are here to help. Contact our Interlibrary Loan staff at so we can best facilitate your needs.

What happens next?

We will be carefully evaluating the impact of losing access to new articles on ScienceDirect over the coming months, and will do our best to ensure that you have access to the articles you need. Meanwhile, UC is hoping to reenter formal negotiations with Elsevier if the publisher indicates that they are willing to discuss a contract that integrates our goals of containing costs and facilitating open access to UC research.


If you have any questions or need help accessing an article, please don’t hesitate to contact the library at any time. 

September 4, 2019

The McHenry Library tour features the Global Village Café, the Library Services Desk, the Information Commons for online research and study, the Digital Scholarship Commons, Special Collections & Archives, group study rooms, outdoor reading porches, and how to get research help.

The Science & Engineering Library tour highlights the Library Services Desk, the Information Commons for online research and study, the Active Learning Classroom, group study rooms, the HSI STEM Hub, the Video Game Room, and the new Digital Scholarship Innovation Studio.
On both tours,you will also learn about library cards, borrowing course textbooks, and borrowing Chromebooks and Dell laptops. Tours run approximately 15–20 minutes, and meet just inside each library’s entrance. Join us!


Tour Schedule:

Friday 9/20:
McHenry Library 11am, 1pm, 3pm
Science & Engineering Library 1pm

Monday 9/23:
McHenry Library 11am, 1pm, 3pm
Science & Engineering Library 1pm

Tuesday 9/24:
McHenry Library 11am, 1pm, 3pm
Science & Engineering Library 1pm

Wednesday 9/25:
McHenry Library 11am, 1pm, 3pm
Science & Engineering Library 1pm

Thursday 9/26:
McHenry Library 11am, 1pm, 3pm
Science & Engineering Library 1pm

Friday 9/27:
McHenry Library 11am, 1pm, 3pm
Science & Engineering Library 1pm

July 8, 2019

McHenry Library and Science & Engineering

June 24 - Aug 30, 2019
Monday - Thursday 8am-8pm
Friday 8am-5pm
Saturday - Sunday McHenry Library Only 12pm-5pm
Closed Thursday July 4th for Independence Day


August 31 - September 25, 2019
Monday - Friday 8am-5pm
Closed Saturday & Sunday

Closed Monday September 2nd for Labor Day

See the hours page for more details.

Open Access 2020
June 20, 2019

In June, the University of California Santa Cruz joined its sister UC campuses in taking an important step towards the goal of making all scholarly journal literature freely available to the world by endorsing the international open access (OA) initiative, OA2020. Led by the Max Planck Digital Library, OA2020 is a global alliance committed to new models of scholarly publishing that ensure outputs are open and re-usable and that the costs behind their dissemination are transparent and economically sustainable.

See the full news item in the UCSC Newscenter.

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June 11, 2019

The UC Systemwide Library Catalog received an upgrade and a new URL on June 17.

This update called "Melvyl Discovery" includes many improvements to the user interface.  The new site is available now live at

Two things to note for current Melvyl users:

  • If you have an account in the current Melvyl system, it won't transfer to the new Melvyl Discovery System but you can set up a new one using the Sign In button on the new site.
  • If you have lists of research sources saved in the current Melvyl system, they won't transfer to the new system automatically, but the library has posted instructions for importing lists on our website.  Be sure to transfer your lists by the end of life date for the old Melvyl, August 9, 2019.
Melvyl Discovery Personal Lists
June 11, 2019

Set up an Account

To save items into a personal list on the new Melvyl Discovery site, first create an account in the new system. Click the Sign In button at the top, right of the new Melvyl Discovery home page. On the subsequent screen, click the Create Account link and fill in the information requested. Once successfully logged into your Melvyl Discovery account, the Sign In button at the top of the screen changes to the given name provided. 

Note: Your Melvyl account works only in the specific campus instance in which it was created. 


Creating & Saving to a Personal List

  1.  Search for the items you want to include in a list.
  2.  Click the Save button to add the citation to the list.
  3.  When finished, click My Items in the upper right corner to display the list.
  4.  Click on the Create List button.
  5.  Provide a List Name (required) and List Description (optional).
  6.  Select a Privacy preference.
    a. Shared: A permalink is generated for others to view, cite and share the list. Changes to the list are updated in real time after the page is refreshed.
    b. Private: The default value, no permalink is created and the list is only visible to its creator.
  7.  Click Save.

Although is it not possible for Personal Lists attached to old Mevyl (aka WorldCat Local) accounts to be automatically ported into the new interface, users can easily import lists to their WorldCat Discovery accounts using the instructions below.


Importing Lists to the new Melvyl WorldCat Discovery

  1. Log in to your existing account in Melvyl.
  2. Click your login name in the upper right corner to view your profile and links to your personal lists.
  3. Click a list name to view its details.
  4. Click the Export to CSV link.
  5. Save the file where you can find it later.
  6. Go to the new Melvyl (aka WorldCat Discovery) and log on to your account.
  7. Click your account name to display a drop-down menu and select Import My Lists.
  8. Provide a List Name (required) and List Description (optional).
  9. Click the Choose File button to locate the file to be imported.
  10. Once the filename is displayed, click Import list to begin the import process.
  11. You will receive a message that the list was successfully imported.
  12. The list will be added to My Personal Lists.  To view your lists, select My Personal Lists from the drop-down menu in the upper right corner.

Additional information on other list options, such as emailing items from My Personal Lists, citing multiple items from My Personal Lists, and more is available from the OCLC Help Pages .

Science Library carrels
June 11, 2019

UC Santa Cruz is about to begin renovation of the third floor of the Science & Engineering Library.

In March 2018, the University Library received a $5 million gift from an anonymous donor to renovate the top floor of the Science & Engineering Library. The floor will be named in honor of Professor Emerita of Astronomy and Astrophysics Sandra Faber, one of the campus’s most distinguished scholars.

This generous gift will allow the campus to create safe, attractive, comfortable, and convenient study environments designed to support academic success. The renovated space will be quieter, better ventilated, and much better equipped with AC/USB power in seating areas. The renovation will create seating for more library patrons, and provide separate zones for focused, quiet study, and for small group collaboration. Work will begin in the summer with a reopening planned at the start of winter quarter. Here is a brief project timeline:

  • Fall 2018: The campus approved the renovation project and timeline.
  • Fall 2018: The campus and library worked with master architect EHDD to develop the project’s Request for Proposals (RFP).
  • Winter 2019: The campus solicited RFPs from qualified design/build teams. Two teams of creative, talented, and enthusiastic builders and architects submitted proposals.
  • Spring 2019: The design/build team of Roebbelen and Ratcliff was awarded the contract for the project.
  • Spring/Summer 2019: Design and construction documents will be reviewed and approved by Capital Planning and Space Management.
  • Summer/Fall 2019: The third floor of S&E Library will be closed for renovation.
  • January 2, 2020: A new, vibrant third floor will open!

This generous gift also gives us the opportunity to update the furniture on the third floor — much of it is more than 25 years old — with selections that better support the needs of modern students and researchers. We are working with a variety of vendors to find the best options and value. We have already installed some sample pieces on the third floor of S&E and more will be added. We encourage you to visit, see for yourself, and leave us your feedback. If you prefer, you can leave us feedback online.

In the spirit of transparency, the University Library will issue three more news flashes to keep students, faculty, and staff fully apprised of our progress. The next two will update you on the work in progress. The fourth and final announcement will celebrate the completion of the work and re-opening of the third floor. These features will be published in the quarterly Library Newsletter and included in campuswide newsletter, Tuesday Newsday. If you have not yet signed up for the newsletter, please consider doing so to receive future updates. You can subscribe up here

These updates will also be published on the News and Events section of the University Library’s website and on the Science & Engineering Library Renovation Blog.

Archival boxes
June 10, 2019


July 18th is UCSC’s Disposition Day, an annual event that encourages the safe and secure disposal of confidential university records.

This occasion also provides an opportunity to transfer campus historical records to University Archives. Such records may include UCSC administrative records or other materials documenting UCSC history, campus life and culture. Specific guidelines about the types of material suitable for University Archives can be found here

Think you may have a collection that should be housed in the University Archives? Let’s talk! Email us at to start the conversation.

We will be closed sign
June 10, 2019

We will be closed Thursday, July 4, 2019 for Independence Day. 


We will return to regular summers hours on Friday, July 5th.

Cambridge University Press Logo
June 8, 2019

Agreement is UC’s first with a major publisher and Cambridge’s first in the Americas

The University of California and Cambridge University Press have entered into a transformative agreement that will advance the global shift toward an open access future for research.

Read the details on the University of California Office of Scholarly Communiication site.

Koret Scholars Undergraduate Research Slam
June 5, 2019

The Koret Scholars Undergraduate Research Slam celebrates the accomplishments of this year's Koret fellows. The program provides funding and workshops for undergrads with unique research projects and their faculty or graduate student mentors. This year marks an exciting partnership between the University Library and the Koret Program: Three of the sixty-five fellows are also Digital Scholarship Fellows with the Digital Scholarship Commons. These three fellows will be presenting their research and creative projects as digital exhibits. 


Presentations include:

  • Read Between the Lines - DSC Fellow Project
  • Queering Female Pachuquismo - DSC Fellow Project
  • Turtleback Tombs, Paper Cranes, Memorials and Eisa: Modern Contextualization of Death in Okinawa - DSC Fellow Project
  • The Aesthetic Power of Magnification
  • Education and Identity in Mandate Palestine
  • Differences of Seasonal Growth Rate Between High-Latitude Coraline Algae
  • Angular Power Spectrum of Galactic Pulsar Wind Nebulae
  • Politics of Alternative Living Solutions
  • The Influence of Stratospheric Sulfate Aerosol Geoengineering on Earth’s Net Shortwave Radiation - Works part time, University Library Digital Initiatives Department 

And More!

For more details and the schedule, view the event on our library calendar.


Zotero icon
May 30, 2019

Writing an article? Get help managing your citations, PDFs, and more with Zotero.

Come to drop-in hours for Zotero at the Graduate Student Commons on the first Friday of each month (except January) at 1:00pm. 

  • October 5, 2018 @ 1:00pm
  • November 2, 2018 @ 1:00pm
  • December 7, 2018 @ 1:00pm
  • February 1, 2019 @ 1:00pm
  • March 1, 2019 @ 1:00pm
  • April 5, 2019 @ 1:00pm
  • May 3, 2019 @ 1:00pm
  • June 7, 2019 @ 1:00pm

Learn more and download Zotero.

Email for more information.

May 28, 2019

Learn how to avoid common mistakes and plagiarism, and get practical tips for improving MLA, APA, and Chicago Manual of Style citation in your research papers from Westside (Oakes) Writing Center tutors. 


Free pizza provided by the Library Student Advisory Council. Open to All Undergraduates


May 21, 2019

The Digital Research Symposium will take place May 24th from 10-12 in the Digital Scholarship Commons (DSC).

  • Present your project on the VizWall
  • Share your game in the VizLab
  • Show off your website or digital visualization on a mobile presentation screen
  • Share your podcast

If your project is digital in nature, we’d love to have you apply. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The earlier you apply the better your chances are of receiving your preference of equipment and presentation style.

Learn more about the event
Apply to present

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May 17, 2019

Thank you for your interest. We have concluded these sessions.

Stay tuned for future opportunities.

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May 15, 2019

Wednesday May 29, 2019
Graduate Student Commons

Free Registration

Between open access policies, and journal copyright transfer agreements, it's hard to know how to share your scholarship.

  • We will provide easy ways to know what to share where, when and how.
  • Bring your papers/posters/etc to upload!
  • We will help you to upload your articles, look at your favorite journals' copyright agreements, or answer any other questions about sharing your work.

*Please note no legal counsel will be in attendance but we can help with referral. 


Archival photos
May 13, 2019

Applications for the 2019-2020 CART Fellowship Program are now open! The application deadline has been extended to Tuesday, May 14th, 2019.

In the Center for Archival Research and Training, you can:

  • Get hands-on, paid experience in archival processing in an academic library
  • Enhance your research skills in archives and primary sources
  • Help make archival collections more discoverable and accessible to researchers
  • Learn about different library and archives career options
  • Get experience curating a public exhibit
  • Learn about innovative digital tools that you can use in your research and teaching
  • Make connections with graduate students from different disciplines and interests

Learn more about CART

How to apply:

  • Contact CART Archivist Alix Norton at with any questions and to submit your application 
  • Apply by Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 for first consideration
May 13, 2019

Where can you find articles on any topic, free books for your classes, group study rooms, and 24/7 research help? The Library offers all this and more! Whether you’re returning or new, the library is here to help you succeed.

Try out the new Library Search tool on our homepage for one stop shopping across catalogs, databases, and online indexes to find the most relevant results from the Library’s diverse holdings. Take a look at our helpful Library Search Guide for more tips, features, and shortcuts.

Need to write a research paper?  Check out our Start Your Research guide for tips and advice on defining a topic, locating scholarly articles and books, advice on selecting sources you want to use and help on citing sources correctly

Simply put: the Library is your key to success!

Library Newsletter Winter 2019
May 12, 2019

Read the full Winter 2019 Library Newsletter.

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

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May 11, 2019

Tuesday May 14, 2019
Graduate Student Commons

Free Registration

  • Learn about the best practices and tools you can use for practical data management and a happier future you.
  • Start working now to ensure a future where you are secure in the existence, understandability, and reusability of your data.
  • Time will be provided during the final 30 minutes to answer questions about your specific needs.
  • Librarians with experience managing data from science, social science, and humanities projects will be on hand to provide support and tips.


Education and the Avant Garde How Fluxus Artists Shaped the Arts at UC Santa Cruz
April 23, 2019

Two new exhibits are now on display at McHenry Library:

Education and the Avant Garde: How Fluxus Artists Shaped the Arts at UC Santa Cruz 

This exhibit looks at some highly experimental creative campus undertakings in the late 1960s and the library collections that reflect them. It includes an "instant class kit" created as part of a campus report on art education, publications by the College Five Graphic Arts Guild, photographs of a campus Shakespeare production that included a geodesic dome by Buckminster Fuller and costumes designed by comic book artist Jack Kirby, and more.

Exhibit Event:
When: Thursday, May 9th, 4:00 - 5:30pm
Where: McHenry Library, 3rd Floor Gallery

New Twists on Old Tales: 1000 Years of Handmade Books 
On display in the Special Collections Reading Room cases

This exhibit was curated by undergraduates in HAVC 135: The Art of the Book (taught by the Library's former head of Special Collections, Beth Remak-Honnef). The students present facsimiles of iconic medieval manuscripts alongside modern artists' reflections on similar subjects and book forms.

Jacob Martinez photograph
March 16, 2019

The Human Book: Chronicles of Successful Alumni will feature speaker Jacob Martinez on April 22nd.

When: Monday, April 22nd from 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Where: S&E Library, Ching-Yi Dougherty Reading Room

Life after college can seem intimidating. Do you want a chance to talk with someone who used to face similar fears when they were a UCSC student?

Join us for speaker Jacob Martinez, the Founder and Excutive Director of Digital NEST and Oakes College alum (Ecology and Evolution, 2005).

Bring your questions and join the conversation! Free snacks provided.

athletic slug logo
March 12, 2019

McHenry Library was happy to host the UCSC women's basketball team for their bookclub discussion of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's book Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-Year Friendship on and off the Court.

Womens Basketball Bookclub from UCSC Learning Technologies on Vimeo.

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March 11, 2019
All sessions have been filled. Thank you for your interest.
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February 28, 2019

While we did make progress, particularly in the past few weeks, toward defining a model for open access publishing of UC research, Elsevier was ultimately unwilling to meet UC’s key goal: securing universal open access to UC research, as stated in UC’s faculty-driven principles on scholarly communication, while integrating open access publishing fees and subscription fees into a single cost-controlled contract.

The Academic Senate today also expressed its support for UC’s position with regard to the Elsevier negotiations.

In the end, cost, in particular, proved to be an insurmountable challenge. For example, Elsevier’s most recent proposal did not include any cap on the total amount UC faculty could end up paying in article publishing fees. Their model also would not have allowed us to fully subsidize article fees for authors who lack the funds themselves. To meet UC’s goal of open access publication for all UC authors, Elsevier would have charged authors over $10 million per year in addition to the libraries’ current multi-million dollar subscription. The university is not willing to accept a deal that increases Elsevier’s profits at the expense of our faculty. As a result, the University of California will not be signing a new contract with Elsevier at this time.

While we do not know exactly when, Elsevier is expected to begin limiting UC’s access to new articles through its online platform, ScienceDirect, possibly very soon. This will mean some changes to how UC scholars access certain Elsevier journal articles.


What content will — and won’t — be affected

If you use Elsevier articles in your research, here are the most important things to know:

  • Most Elsevier articles published in 2018 or earlier will still be accessible via ScienceDirect. Because UC’s prior contracts included permanent access to previously published content, you will still be able to get immediate access to the full text of most articles via Elsevier’s ScienceDirect backfiles, just as you have in the past.
  • Open access articles in Elsevier journals are also unaffected. Many authors choose to pay an open access fee (called an article processing charge, or APC) when they publish, so it’s always worth checking to see if the article you’re seeking is available open access from the journal’s website or elsewhere online (see tips on how to search for open access versions).
  • Elsevier e-books and other products licensed by UC (e.g., Reaxys) are covered under separate contracts and remain available as before.
  • What is affected: At some point, Elsevier may begin to turn off UC’s direct access to articles with a 2019 publish date and the backfiles of certain journals (download list). However, open access versions of many of these articles are available. You can also submit a request and the UCSC Interlibrary Loan Staff will help you get a copy of the final, published version of an article.


If you are in doubt about why you can’t reach a particular article, please email


Interested in updates?

Find the latest information on the Office of Scholarly Communication’s website

If you have any questions or need help accessing an article, please don’t hesitate to email the library at any time.

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February 26, 2019

Join tutors from the Westside (Oakes) Writing Center to learn how to avoid common mistakes and get practical tools for improving MLA, APA, and Chicago Manual of Style in-text and bibliography citations in your research papers.

Get tips on avoiding plagiarism, learn ways of keeping track of ideas, and about campus and online resources.

When: 5:15 - 6:30pm on Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Where: McHenry Library, Room 2353

Free pizza! Sponsored by the Library Student Advisory Council. Open to all undergraduates.

Spring Break Calendar
February 26, 2019

McHenry Library and Science & Engineering

March 22 - March 31, 2019
Monday - Friday 8am-5pm
Closed Saturday & Sunday

Closed Thursday, March 28th for staff in-service training
Closed Friday, March 29th for Cesar Chavez Day

Spring quarter hours begin April 1, 2019

See the hours page for more details.

Sorry we will be closed
February 26, 2019

McHenry Library and the Science & Engineering Library will be closed on Thursday, March 28 to allow library staff to attend in-service sessions.

Friday, March 29 the libraries will be closed for Cesar Chavez Day.

See the library hours page for more information.

Matt Cook
February 20, 2019

"Depth-of-Field: Translating the Benefits of Virtual Reality from the Laboratory to the (Higher-Ed) Classroom" with Matt Cook

Please join us for this event in the David Kirk Digital Scholarship Commons (ground floor) from 4–6pm in McHenry Library.

Increasingly accessible Virtual Reality technologies allow course content to be presented in context, at human scale, and responsive to the wide range of body-centered interactions. These representational characteristics, which define our engagement with real-world objects and environments, have been shown in the literature to improve performance on activities that overlap significantly with target learning outcomes across multiple disciplines. Yet, relatively few curricular interventions have made full use of VR (or have published on the results of such integrations). This talk will use case studies and associated implementation strategies to explore and narrow this gap in the research literature, thereby empowering participants to begin thinking about their own VR-based course integrations.

This event is co-sponsored by UCSC University Library, The Humanities Institute of UC Santa Cruz (THI), and The Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning (CITL).

Juan Felipe Herrera
February 20, 2019

Join recent U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and Santa Cruz book artist Felicia Rice in an exploration of the powerful role that poetry and art can play in conversations about the pressing issues of immigration, belonging, and home. Herrera and Rice will be joined in this community conversation by representatives of local groups working on social justice and immigration issues, including local filmmaker Brenda Avila-Hanna.  Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to contribute to a collaborative piece collecting community stories.  See more information on the campus events calendar.

Where:  Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

When: Wednesday, March 6 at 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Sponsored by: UC Santa Cruz University Library, Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Moving Parts Press, The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz, and the following UC Santa Cruz partners: Research Center for the Americas, Oakes College, and the Department of Latin America & Latino Studies.

Board Game
February 20, 2019

Join us in the DSC to celebrate one of our very own geeky pleasures: Board Games!  Our day will be jam-packed for a day of board games talks and open gameplay in the DSC.  

The event is open to all.  Board games will be provided, along with knowledgeable faculty and librarians available to help you learn something new or rediscover an old favorite.  You are also welcome to bring your own board games to play in the space during the open play time.  See more information.

We hope to see you there!


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When Board Games Go Digital: how analog games translate to virtual tabletops, Kristy Golubiewski-Davis
Have you ever wondered just how good a board game is on your phone or in Virtual Reality?  Kristy will walk through some examples of board games that have made the jump and talk about what makes a good virtual tabletop, and what ends up as a virtual flop.

We’re All In This Together: Teaching and Learning through Tabletop Play, Elizabeth Swenson 
Elizabeth Swensen discusses educational affordances and strategies in board games and how to design tabletop experiences for learning and social impact. 

12:30 - 2:30
Open Game Play / break

Japanese Board Games in the Postwar Shōwa Period, Nathan Altice
This presentation draws on new archival and historical sources to survey the major developments in Japanese board games in the postwar Shōwa era (1945–89), including the import of American games, the unlikely emergence of Japan’s wargame culture, and the structural foundations of the ancient Japanese game of sugoroku.

Open Play

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February 1, 2019


Working Group Charged with Investigating Systemwide Integrated Library System

The Council of University Librarians has charged a working group to investigate how the UC Libraries might license a single, shared, systemwide Integrated Library System (ILS). An ILS is the system which allows our library to manage the acquisition of material, items borrowed by patrons, bills paid, as well as a variety of other library management related tasks. 


The UC-wide group is currently working on the request for proposal (RFP) phase of this project.


More details including the project charge, timeline, and other documents are located on the UC Systemwide ILS Page.




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January 22, 2019

Wednesday February 6, 2019
Graduate Student Commons

Free Registration

  • Learn about five basic tools and techniques you can use for practical data management and a happier future you.
  • Start working now to ensure a future where you are secure in the existence, understandability, and reusability of your data!
  • Time will be provided during the final 30 minutes to answer questions about your specific needs.
  • Librarians with experience managing data from science, social science, and humanities projects will be on hand to provide support and tips.

Refreshments will be provided.

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December 11, 2018

The Journal Survey portion of this process is closed. Thank you for participating.

We will review the results of the survey and will work with COLASC (Committee on the Library and Scholarly Communication) to communicate recommended next steps. 

More information about the 2018-2019 Journal & Database (Serial) Cancellation Process can be found: Journal & Database (Serial) Cancellation Review Process 2018-2019