Library News and Events

Books, notebook, pen and coffee
January 8, 2018

The Library’s Start Your Research guide:

  • Provides an overview of the research process
  • Has tips to help you articulate your research topic
  • Will help you locate scholarly articles and books with tutorials for Cruzcat and Academic Search Complete
  • Has advice on the best ways to evaluate the sources you want to use
  • Will help you create an annotated bibliography and cite your sources correctly


And if you still need help you can always Ask A Librarian!


Brought to you by the Library’s Undergraduate Experience Team.




Academic Search Complete
January 8, 2018

Covering most areas of academic study, Academic Search Complete is one of the library’s most popular article databases and is a great starting point for research on nearly any topic. Multi-disciplinary in scope, Academic Search Complete provides full-text scholarly articles from an enormous collection of the most valuable peer-reviewed journals, as well as additional journals, magazines, newspapers, and more.  


Available online 24/7, try  Academic Search Complete and jump-start your research!

(Need help logging in from off-campus?)


Brought to you by the Library's Undergraduate Experience Team.


Ask a Librarian news post
January 8, 2018

If you need help using the library just ask us:

Keep an eye out for our Roving Information students as well (look for the yellow vest!). They are experts on using the library.

Brought you by the Library’s Undergraduate Experience Team.

Interlibrary loan books
January 8, 2018

Our library doesn’t have what you need? Use our Interlibrary Loan service to get it!

Learn more about our Interlibrary Loan service.


A Top 10 tip from the Library’s Undergraduate Experience Team.


Watch your local newspaper image
January 8, 2018

Read the full Fall 2017 newsletter online.

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

Remote access with CruzID Gold
January 8, 2018

Traveling over the break?

Whether it’s Paris, Texas or Paris, France—you can still access library resources even if you’re not on campus!

Login to library resources using your CruzID Gold or the Campus VPN and enjoy the same access you have from on campus to licensed databases, streaming video, full-text articles and more. See “Access Library Resources from On-Campus and Off-campus” for help and instructions.

Brought to you by the Library’s Undergraduate Experience Team.


December 14, 2017
  • McHenry Library and the Science & Engineering will be open 8am-5pm Tuesday - Friday, January 2-5, 2018.  We'll be closed over the weekend, January 6-7.
  • Regular quarter hours resume Monday, January 8, 2018.
  • McHenry Library and the Science & Engineering will be open 8am-5pm from Dec. 18-Dec. 22.
  • The libraries will be closed from Dec. 23 through Jan. 1, 2018.  See the library hours page for more information.
  • Amazon Juices in the McHenry Global Village Cafe:
    • Open 8am-3pm from Jan. 2-Jan. 5, 2018
    • Closed Jan. 6-7, 2018
    • Reopen regular hours on January 8, 2018. 
    • Open 8am-3pm from Dec. 18-Dec. 22.  
    • Closed Dec. 23-January 1, 2018.
December 14, 2017

The Library rolled out a new website design on December 18.  Please let us know what you like or don't about the new site.  If you're having problems finding old links or content, let us know!  If you run into errors or display issues, tell us what kind of computer and browser you're using.  We need you to make the site better!

Feedback Form

CQ Researcher: Time to leave the circus
December 7, 2017

CQ Researcher provides award-winning in-depth coverage of the most important issues of today’s fast-paced news.

  • Reports are written by experts, are footnoted, and professionally fact-checked.
  • All reports include an overview, historical background, brief chronology, pro/con debate feature, plus recommended books and articles for additional research.
  • Shorter "Hot Topics" articles provide a solid introduction to subjects most in demand by students.
  • Perfect for getting to know a topic for a paper, exploring issues for ideas, or keeping up with the news.
  • Easy to browse, and easy to search.
  • All reports are 100% full text.
  • Available online 24/7.

Need help? Ask the friendly staff and librarians at the Information Services desk—ready to help you in person, on the phone, or by email!

Try it now!

This research tip was brought to you by the Library’s Undergraduate Experience Team.


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December 2, 2017

The library will have extended hours for finals December 3 - 14, 2017.

Dec. 3     8am - 2am
Dec. 4     8am - 2am
Dec. 5     8am - 2am
Dec. 6     8am - 2am
Dec. 7     8am - 2am
Dec. 8     8am - 12am
Dec. 9     8am - 12am
Dec. 10   8am - 2am
Dec. 11   8am - 2am
Dec. 12   8am - 2am
Dec. 13   8am - 2am
Dec. 14   8am - 2am

Please see the library hours page for our complete schedule.

3d Image
November 29, 2017

3D Scanning, Bronze Age Swords, and Social Networks: Using data to reconstruct shared knowledge
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
4:00 - 6:00pm
Digital Scholarship Commons in McHenry Library

Research Presentation by Kristy Golubiewski-Davis, Digital Humanities Librarian, UC Santa Cruz

Come learn about 3D scanning, statistics, and network analysis!

Kristy Golubiewski-Davis will detail her research using 3D scans of Bronze Age swords (~1600-800BC) to recreate community networks of knowledge. The aim of the work is to visualize the networks of specialized knowledge across space. Digital methods were used to identify the decisions of specialized craft workers and generate social networks that spread knowledge around the world.

This project serves as a case study for thinking about digital project development and management: how can you juggle multiple methods and a large data set while staying focused on building scholarly arguments?

Cosponsored by the Institute for Humanities Research and the Digital Scholarship Commons



(Registration requested, but not required.)

Student sitting at desk
November 21, 2017

Citation Matters Workshop

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
5:30pm - 6:30pm

McHenry Library, Room 2353


Join Westside Writing Center tutors to learn to avoid common mistakes and get practical tools for improving MLA, Chicago Manual of Style, and APA citations.

Get tips on avoiding plaigiarism, tracking ideas, and learn about campus and online resources.

Open to all undergraduate students.

Free refreshments!


View the event flyer

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We will be closed sign
November 20, 2017

Both McHenry and the Science and Engineering Libraries will close at 5:00pm on Wednesday, November 22, and the buildings will be closed all day Thursday and Friday November 23-24 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

We will return to normal hours on Saturday, November 25.

Website homepage snaphot
November 16, 2017

Starting in January 2018, the library website will have a brand new look and feel. Check out the live preview site and let us know what you think! The new site has been reorganized to require fewer clicks and to highlight the most common research tools and services.

We will gather feedback from users and continue to tweak and test the site until we’re ready to launch in January. Please do give us your thoughts and report problems!

Research Data Workshop
November 13, 2017

Have you ever been asked to share your data by a journal editor or funder? Do you want to make your research more reproducible and data citable? This practical workshop will cover all of these topics and give you the skills to:

  • Comply with journal/funder data sharing policies       
  • Find relevant data repositories
  • Upload your data into a repository
  • Ensure your data is citable & reusable
  • Understand “metadata”

Snacks provided!

November 16, 3-4:30
McHenry Library Room 2353

Please Register! (free)

John Borghi, PhD, Integrative Neuroscience is currently a CLIR/DLF fellow in Data Curation at the California Digital Library, University of California Curation Center (UC3).

Daniella Lowenberg is currently the Research Data Specialist / Dash Product Manager at the University of California Curation Center (UC3) and a former Publications Manager at PLoS One where she implemented and oversaw the PLoS Data Policy.

Christy Caldwell, UCSC Research Support Librarian, has been teaching and consulting on research data management and data sharing best practices for UCSC's researchers for over five years. 


Human Book at UC Santa Cruz Logo
November 11, 2017

The Human Book is a new Library speaker series for every UCSC student.

  • Life after college can seem intimidating, right?
  • Want a chance to talk with someone who used to face similar fears when they were a student at UC Santa Cruz?
  • Featured alumni will discuss how they overcame these obstacles and ultimately built a successful career.
  • Bring your questions and join the conversation.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 3-5pm, Dougherty Reading Room, Science & Engineering Library

Inaugural Speaker: Dr. Eric Jackson-Scott, MD
Chemistry, Rachel Carson College '96
Urgent Care / Occupational Medicine
SEO / Technology Consult
Community Leader
Featured on Oprah's Big Give
More Information

Snacks provided!



Library Event Calendar

Library Closed
November 5, 2017

The Library will be closed Friday, November 10, 2017 for Veterans Day. Please see the Library Hours page for our full schedule.

October 31, 2017

Apply to participate in the Undergraduate Digital Research Fellowship program


Up to 6 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 a $500 award to support the development or public presentation of your work. Learn more about Digital Scholarship.

Photo of Emma the Roving Info Student
October 23, 2017

Roving students walk throughout McHenry Library to answer questions wherever you are!

Since 2011, the UCSC Library has provided peer-to-peer and point-of-need help to library users. Our crew of five intrepid and friendly library ambassadors wearing bright yellow vests can help with building navigation, finding materials in the stacks, and using the Library’s website. The Roving students walk throughout McHenry Library to answer questions wherever you are. They can even get you started with a research project by helping you find the best library database or online resource, and also how to get started with keyword searching.

As a part of the Library’s Undergraduate Experience Team (UET), you may see our Roving students tabling in front of McHenry Library or at Quarry Plaza, giving library tours, or at campus events like the annual Summer Orientation for new students, and at the OPERS Fall Festival.

Please ask them for help if you see them walking by! You can also ask at the Library Services Desk if there is a Roving student on duty who can help you. They carry walkie-talkies to be able to come to the desk when needed. Our Roving students are eager to make everyone’s library experience successful and enjoyable!

Research Data word cloud
October 23, 2017

October 26, 2017 12-1pm
McHenry Library Room 2353

Learn about free tools offered by the University of California to archive and publish your research data for publication. See a demo of how easy it is to:

  • Move data from Google Drive or Dropbox and publish via Dash
  • Quickly create a data management plan using the DMPTool
  • Request a DOI to link your research data to your journal article or funder website
  • Link your data to your publication in eScholarship


All are welcome!

Gale Virtual REference Library Logo
October 23, 2017

Looking for ideas for your paper? Need background information? Searching for a quick explanation of a theory?

Take a look at the Gale Virtual Reference Library, a virtual library of thousands of full-text encyclopedias and specialized reference sources in the arts, humanities, social sciences, sciences, technology, and more. With over a million authoritative articles written by subject experts, this online resource is a scholarly alternative to Wikipedia.

Available 24/7, optimized for searching and browsing, and loaded with tools that allow you to save, cite, and email your search results, use it for getting started and finding information on just about any subject. (Need help logging in from off-campus?)

Brought to you by the Library's Undergraduate Experience Team.

Image of computer and bottle
October 23, 2017

Share your digital research with the DH community! 

Thursday, October 19 (3:30 - 5:30 PM) at the Cowell Provost House.

Food and drinks courtesy of the Institute for Humanities Research.

Join the DH Research Cluster to learn more about DH research on campus at an informal happy hour. We invite researchers across campus to share their work with a short, lightening style presentation. The introductions will be open-mic style, do you do not have to prepare in advance. This is an opportunity to meet new colleagues, share your work, and recognize mutual research interests. 

All students, faculty, staff welcome. You do not have to present to attend.

Library Student Advisory Council Flyer
October 23, 2017

Fill out the application form to apply to join the LSAC!

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

The Council meets twice quarterly—free pizza included!

Applications accepted through Friday, October 20—see the LSAC homepage for full details


Open Sign
October 23, 2017

Both McHenry Library and Science & Engineering Library are open regular quarter hours beginning Thursday, September 28, 2017.

See the Library Hours page for our full schedule.

McHenry Library study area
September 22, 2017

Join members of the Library’s Undergraduate Experience Team (UET) and take a short walking tour of the University Library. Tour points of interest include the Global Village Café run by Cafe Brasil, the Information Commons, group study rooms, the Digital Scholarship Commons, Special Collections, and much more! We are also offering daily tours of the Science & Engineering Library.

You will also learn about important library services such as Course Reserves for your classes, borrowing Chromebooks, expert research help, and the Interlibrary Loan service that can bring the world's library resources to you! New students: While you're here, take a minute to activate your library card (it's the same as your UCSC student ID)! Tours run approximately 15–20 minutes. Join us and get to know your University Library.


Tour Schedule (All tours will meet just inside each library’s entrance):

Friday, September 22nd

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


Monday, September 25th

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


Tuesday, September 26th

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


Wednesday, September 27th

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

Thursday, September 28th

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


Friday, September 29th

  • McHenry Library: 11am
  • McHenry Library: 1pm
  • McHenry Library: 3pm
  • Science & Engineering Library: 1pm
Image of a laptop
September 18, 2017

A library barcode is no longer needed to access library resources from off-campus. Use your CruzID Gold password when prompted!

Login from off-campus using CruzID Gold

  • New students don't need to activate their barcodes
  • CruzID Gold is more secure, helping to ensure the University maintain access to licensed content
  • The Campus VPN continues as an alternate method to access library resources from off-campus
  • The option to login with a library barcode will be available through fall quarter, and eventually phased out

Questions? email the Library project team:

Summer of Love logo
September 13, 2017

The summer of 1967 still stands in the popular imagination as a turning point. The social changes that had been building over the previous decade finally exploded, leaving the country forever changed. Fifty years later, a look at public opinion during this turbulent period showcases the depth and breadth of the Roper Center archive.

Explore public opinion in 1967 America with data and blog content from the Roper Center Archive.

Grateful Dead stand on the corner of Haight & Ashbury, 1966. Herb Greene.
August 12, 2017

Located in Dead Central on the 2nd floor of McHenry Library

Love on Haight: the Grateful Dead and San Francisco in 1967, will highlight materials from multiple collections housed in the Library’s Special Collections & Archives. The exhibit will feature posters, photography and ephemera from the Grateful Dead Archive and photographs from Ruth-Marion Baruch’s 1967 Haight-Ashbury series.

Additionally, the exhibit will include a selection from the Library’s exceptionally rich holdings in alternative publications from this time period: a variety of newspapers and magazines, comic books, literary journals and broadsides as well as political tracts. There will also be an audiovisual component in Dead Central – films about the Summer of Love, snippets of performances and of course, music.  Selected items are available online in the digital exhibits site.

Image: Grateful Dead stand on the corner of Haight & Ashbury, 1966. Herb Greene.exhibit

Grant Forward Logo
August 2, 2017

GrantForward is a grant funding database that streamlines the process by which funding opportunities can be identified. GrantForward provides searchable information across all fields of research, including the sciences, engineering, arts, and humanities. GrantForward includes information about government and private funding organizations and also provides links to fellowship and scholarship opportunities. Users can set up personalized research profiles and have the system recommend funding opportunities based on interests and previous publications. Potential collaborators can also be identified. UCSC’s Office of Research is supporting campus-wide access to GrantForward.

To Access GrantForward 

  • Click Sign Up in the upper right
  • Go to the "Institutional Account" tab
  • Input your UCSC email address and fill out the name and password fields
  • Click on the Create My Account

For additional start-up tips, please consult the GrantForward Basics Guide


If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Dr. Audrey Levine, Director of Research Development in UCSC's Office of Research 

eduroam Logo
July 13, 2017

Students, faculty, and staff: To connect to library online resources from on-campus, the Eduroam wireless network on your laptop, notebook or phone.

Instructions for logging in and configuring your device are available from ITS.

Cisco VPN Client
July 13, 2017

Students, faculty, and staff: To connect to library online resources from off-campus, the campus VPN is the most secure and inclusive access.

Can't install the Cisco AnyConnect Client on your computer or device?  The library's OCA Proxy server is the best alternative.

See the Connecting from Off-Campus guide for further information for downloading the VPN client application and logging in.

CART Exhibit 2017 Image
July 12, 2017

The new 2016-17 CART Fellowship Program exhibit, Celebrating Innovation and Public Engagement at UC Santa Cruz: Preserving the Records of Ray Dasmann, the UCSC Feminist Studies Department and Women of Color Research Cluster, and Shakespeare Santa Cruz, is now on display.

View the exhibit on the McHenry Library 3rd floor, outside of Special Collections.

This exhibit runs June 15 - October 6, 2017.

Also view the digital exhibit.

June 28, 2017

Summer Session Hours: June 26 - July 28 and July 31 - Sept 1
Monday - Thursday 8am-8pm
Friday 8am-5pm
Saturday - Sunday McHenry Library Only

See the hours page for more details.

Global Village Cafe
June 26, 2017

Due to a construction project, the Global Village Cafe will be closed Monday, June 19 - Monday, June 26.

The GVC will be open:

  • June 27 - June 30: 8am-3pm
  • July 1 - July 2: 12pm-5pm
  • July 3 - July 7: 8am-3pm

Regular GVC hours will resume on July 8:

  • Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm
  • Friday 9am-3pm
  • Saturday-Sunday 12pm-4pm
June 15, 2017

Science & Engineering Library Hours June 19-25, 2017

Closed for renovations


McHenry Library Break Hours June 16 - 23, 2017

Monday - Friday 8am-5pm


Global Village Cafe  June 19-26, 2017

Monday-Monday Closed for renovations


McHenry Library Break Hours June 24 - 25, 2017

Saturday and Sunday Closed


Summer Session Hours, June 26 - July 28
July 31 - Sept 1
Monday - Thursday 8am-8pm
Friday 8am-5pm
Saturday - Sunday McHenry Library Only

See the hours page for more details.

symposium logo
June 15, 2017

On May 31st, over 75 faculty, students, staff, and librarians joined in McHenry Library to learn about and discuss the changing nature of research, teaching, and scholarship. The morning panel session brought together library experts from throughout the UC system to address how libraries are evolving to meet the emerging needs of research universities.  In the afternoon, UCSC Library stakeholders discussed how the library directly supports their research and teaching.  Panel abstracts and video recordings from the symposium are available on the Library Symposium webpage and on the Library's YouTube Channel.

Photo of Science & Engineering Library
June 1, 2017

The Science & Engineering Library will be closed the week of intersession (June 19 - June 23)while carpeting is installed on the entry level floor.

The McHenry Library will be open Monday 6/19 - Friday 6/23: 8am-5pm.

  • S&E circulation holds and ILL books will be available at the McHenry Circulation Desk. 
  • S&E Reserves will be unavailable during intersession.

If you need books from the Science & Engineering collection, please use the S&E Library Book Paging Form.

Chicago APA MLA
May 18, 2017

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 citation in your research papers.

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

Free refreshments!

Open To All Undergraduates


View the event flyer

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Photo of people attending a poster session
May 10, 2017

For details, please visit the UCSC Events Calendar

April 27, 2017

The VPN client (Cisco Anyconnect) can be installed on any computer or mobile device. Once installed, you will be able to easily and securely access online library resources from off campus. To set up the VPN, visit the following web page:

 If you need further assistance or have questions, please submit an IT Request ticket at, or contact the ITS Support Center by email, telephone 459-HELP(4357), or in-person Kerr Hall Room 54.

Dead Central Display Case
April 2, 2017

Learn more about the Grateful Dead Archive and visit our current exhibit, Imagining the Dead, before it ends on April 30, 2017.

Image of document being signed
April 2, 2017

*NOTE: The location may be moved to McHenry Library if a larger space is
needed. We will notify you by email (from your RSVP) if the location changes.*

Hosted by: University Library and Graduate Student Commons

policy map example
February 17, 2017

Connect to the MapsTutorial

UCSC has access to PolicyMap for one year, ending January 2018. Your feedback and the library budget will help us determine if we should renew our subscription.  Please share your thoughts using our feedback form.

Photo: Ponds on the Ocean
February 15, 2017


Photo "Ponds on the Ocean" courtesy NASA Goddard Space Flight. 

APA Chicago MLA
February 14, 2017

Join tutors from the Westside Writing Center to learn about how to avoid common mistakes and get practical tools for improving MLA, APA, and Chicago Manual of Style citation.

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

Free refreshments!

Sponsored by the UCSC Student Advisory Council


Add to your calendar

January 20, 2017

McHenry Library will be open from 11am - 7pm (regular Saturday hours).

Please see the Hours Page for our full schedule.

Sorry we will be closed
December 9, 2016

Note the Science & Engineering Library will be closed for construction December 10, 2016 - January 2, 2017

Both McHenry Library and S&E Library will reopen to intersession hours on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.


See the full library hours schedule for more information.

Science and Engineering Library Entrance
November 30, 2016

•    12/12-12/22: the S&E Library will be closed
This will allow the contractor to front load some of the more noisy and disruptive work ahead of students' winter quarter return. The library will offer a paging service for S&E collections during the closure. To request a book from the S&E collection, please email or call the McHenry Library service desk at (831) 459-5185

•    12/9: the Cowell Room will be closed
This will allow our Operations staff and ITS partners to breakdown and completely vacate the space. We are aware that Friday, 12/9 is the last day of finals; we delayed the closure as long as we could. We plan to aggressively advertise the service disruption and direct students to facilities and services at McHenry Library.

•    12/9: the Gaming Lab will close
The current lab space will become part of the new active learning classroom. A new, larger Gaming Lab will reopen across the hall in room 215 in time for the start of winter quarter instruction.

•    12/9: main level furniture will be reconfigured
Some public furniture on the main level of the library will be disassembled and stored. Other furniture will be relocated within the library. We need to do this to clear space for the low-profile raised flooring that will facilitate power and data in both the new classroom and a new information commons that will be created on the main level.

Mother and child photograph
November 28, 2016
November 15, 2016

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Sorry we will be closed
November 10, 2016
October 24, 2016

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

Oct 24-30 - Events across the globe 

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


October 3, 2016

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

Ruth-Marion Baruch and Pirkle Jones

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

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

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

Farm Work Family by Pirkle Jones


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

Click here for more photos from the collection

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

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

Elizabeth Cowell
Richard L. Press University Librarian, Presidential Chair

The open hours of Special Collections & Archives are subject to change between academic quarters and intersessions. Please confirm current hours before planning your visit.
Academic Quarters: Monday-Friday 10:00 am-noon and 1:00-4:00 pm. Closed most major holidays

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

Open Access logo
October 3, 2016


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


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