Gateways for Visitors and Neighbors


Welcome to the University Library of the University of California, Santa Cruz! The UCSC Library is the premier academic research resource of the Santa Cruz area and we are committed to serving not only our own students, faculty and staff, but also the people of the community. We strive to make the materials in our collections as available as possible to members of the community and state, while simultaneously fulfilling our primary obligation to the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) campus and the University of California (UC) system.

  • The material in the general collections is available to the public for in-library use.
  • Access to the licensed databases is available to all visitors within the Library.
  • Community members may elect to join the Friends of the Library. Membership includes borrowing privileges for one year at McHenry Library and the Science and Engineering Library, access to the ProQuest Digital Library, the Friends newsletter and many other benefits.


The public is welcome to visit our facilities, and while visiting can use our electronic databases, electronic books and make copies of our print journals and books. During our regular reference hours, we are happy to assist you in your research. Sometimes it is useful to identify books and articles for your project before you come to the library. Our catalog, CruzCat is available on the Web and there are a number of Web-based journal article databases that you can use. Finding Articles


Visitors are welcome to use the Library collections for research and study purposes. Materials available to visitors in-house include books, journals, online article databases, and U.S. Government publications. Some materials might be restricted for visitor use. If you have questions, please contact the Reference Desk at McHenry Library or Science & Engineering Library.

Collections that might be of particular interest to the community are: