Library News and Events

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


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.


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.

January 12, 2021

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

Stay tuned for future opportunities.

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)

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.

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.

October 29, 2020

Read the Fall 2020 Library Newsletter.

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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.

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


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.

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

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

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.

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


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)

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.

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.

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.

April 21, 2020


Read the full Spring 2020 Library Newsletter.

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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.

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

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.