Library News and Events

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. 

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.


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

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:

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

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!


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.


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:


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. 


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.

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.


June 15, 2021

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

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

May 12, 2021

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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  



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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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