Library News and Events

  • Girl with paper article and tablet
    September 30, 2015

    Calling Arts, History, Literature, and Education Graduate Students - the library wants to better understand the ways in which you interact with print and electronic books. Sign up to participate in the study.

    The focus group should take approximately 1 hour to complete. Light refreshments will be provided during the study and participants will receive a $40 Amazon gift card for their participation.

  • New
    September 28, 2015

    As part of the University Library's strategic mission to provide useful study space, we are doing a Pilot Program for Fall Quarter 2015. Teaching Assistants can now book Room 2359 through the entire quarter to use for office hours or tutoring sessions. This is not classroom space, and should not be used to hold class sessions.

    Teaching assistants can fill out this form and we will schedule the room for them. Note that this room will be open and can be booked by other patrons on a weekly basis. Please allow 24 hours for confirmation on the booking.

  • Photo of bridge construction near McHenry Library
    September 25, 2015

    An Uncommon Place: A Digital Companion follows the structure of the original Uncommon Place exhibit in the Porter College Sesnon Gallery and the Cowell College Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery.


    Created in celebration of UCSC's 50th anniversary, the exhibit traces decisive moments in the formation of UC Santa Cruz, from the 1950s until the late 1970s, marking the early history of UCSC through images and multi-media material.


    An Uncommon Place: A Digital Companion features many of the same photographs from the University Library's Special Collections and Archives, but also includes new online extras, such as archival footage of the Cowell Ranch Before UCSC, a 1998 Campus promotional video, and an interactive map exploring Early Campus Milestones.


    Online Exhibit
    An Uncommon Place: A Digital Companion


    Current Exhibit - September 18-October 25, 2015
    Sesnon Gallery Traveling Exhibition: An Uncommon Place: Shaping the UC Santa Cruz Campus
    Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery, Cowell College


    Original Exhibit
    An Uncommon Place
    Sesnon Art Gallery, April 8-May 9, 2015

  • Photo of J. Herman Blake
    September 16, 2015

    Please join us for a special 50th Anniversary lecture by pioneer faculty member, visionary, and author Dr. J. Herman Blake: My Unique Journey: Learning Never Ends

    Saturday, September 26, 2015
    11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    UC Santa Cruz McHenry Library
    Outdoors on the Great Lawn—don’t forget your hat and sunscreen!
    Chair seating limited.

    Admission is free, but we request that you please register to attend.

    Complimentary parking at the Performance Art Lot #126 provided by the UC Santa Cruz Alumni Association. Carpooling is recommended.

    Questions? Contact Linda Hunt at or (831) 502-7552.


  • Library Tours
    September 15, 2015

    Welcome to UCSC! Please join our Roving Information Program students (easy to spot in their Banana Slug bright yellow vests) just inside the library entrance and take a walking tour of the University Library. During the academic year, our crew of Roving Information students provide point-of-need, peer-to-peer assistance to users throughout the Library as a part of the Library’s Undergraduate Experience Team. Tour points of interest include the Global Village Café, the Information Commons, group study rooms, Special Collections, and much more! We are also offering tours of the Science & Engineering Library. Please see the schedule below for specifics.


    You will also learn about the library’s services and collections, such as borrowing course textbooks on Reserve, the Media Center, and the video game room at the Science & Engineering Library.
    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 20–30 minutes.


    Fall 2015 Library Tour Schedule:

    Friday, September 18th
    McHenry Library: 11am
    McHenry Library: 1pm
    McHenry Library: 3pm
    Science & Engineering Library: 1pm

    Monday, September 21st      
    McHenry Library: 11am      
    McHenry Library: 1pm      
    McHenry Library: 3pm  
    Science & Engineering Library: 1pm

    Tuesday, September 22nd
    McHenry Library: 11am
    McHenry Library: 1pm
    McHenry Library: 3pm
    Science & Engineering Library: 1pm      

    Wednesday, September 23rd
    McHenry Library: 11am
    McHenry Library: 1pm
    McHenry Library: 3pm
    Science & Engineering Library: 1pm      

    Thursday, September 24th
    McHenry Library: 11am
    McHenry Library: 1pm
    McHenry Library: 3pm
    Science & Engineering Library: 1pm      

    Friday, September 25th
    McHenry Library: 11am
    McHenry Library: 1pm
    McHenry Library: 3pm
    Science & Engineering Library: 1pm


  • Photo of J. Herman Blake
    September 1, 2015

    In 1966, Dr. J. Herman Blake was recruited by Founding Chancellor Dean McHenry to teach sociology at Cowell College at the newly opened University of California, Santa Cruz. He became the first African American on the University of California Santa Cruz faculty and remained at UCSC for eighteen years. Dr. Blake is beloved at UCSC, both as a charismatic, rigorous, and brilliant teacher/mentor and as the visionary leader who founded UCSC’s seventh college, Oakes, and served as its first provost.

    Learn more about Dr. Blake in our new digital exhibit: "Look'n M' Face and Hear M' Story": An Online Exhibit about Professor J. Herman Blake.

  • New Website
    August 13, 2015

    We've upgraded the website using a mobile-friendly design.  If you have any feedback to share, fill out this form.

    Thank you!

  • Demonstrators in front of the International Hotel, Aug 1977, Photo by Nancy Wong
    July 9, 2015

    Activism in the Archives: Radical Imaginaries in the Papers of Ruth-Marion Baruch, John Thorne, and Karen Tei Yamashita


    This exhibit is produced by The Center for Archival Research and Training (CART) program for UCSC graduate students interested in learning about archival research. Learn more


    Open June 8- October 15, 2015
    Located on the 3rd floor outside of Special Collections


    See the digital exhibit

  • Grateful Dead Archive
    July 2, 2015

    Nearly 100 pieces from the UCSC Grateful Dead Archive will be featured in a special exhibition titled All The Years Combine: Deadhead Treasures from the Grateful Dead Archive and GDTS Too, at the Field Museum next to the band's farewell shows in Chicago through July 5th. 

    UCSC Archivist Nicholas Meriwether will also be contributing an extensive essay to the Grateful Dead's 50th anniversary box set. 


    Read the full story

  • Clock
    June 12, 2015

    Break Hours June 12 - June 21, 2015

    Monday - Friday 8am-5pm
    Saturday and Sunday Closed

    Summer Session Hours, June 22-August 28, 2015
    Monday - Thursday 8am-8pm
    Friday 8am-5pm
    Saturday and Sunday (McHenry Library Only) 12pm-5pm

    See the hours page for more details. 

  • Library Newsletter
    June 11, 2015

    The latest edition of the University Library Newsletter is out!

    Read the full Spring 2015 newsletter

    Subscribe to the newsletter to get future editions delivered directly to your inbox. 

  • Open Late
    June 3, 2015

    Extended library hours begin Thursday, June 4, 2015.

    June 4....8am - 3am

    June 5....8am - 12am

    June 6....8am - 12am

    June 7....8am - 3am

    June 8....8am - 3am

    June 9....8am - 3am

    June 10...8am - 3am

    June 11...8am - 8pm

    See the Library Hours Page for more information on library hours.

  • Pause for Paws
    June 3, 2015

    Stressed about finals? Come get some puppy love!


    Sunday, June 7th 2015, 5:00-6:00pm, McHenry Library -- Outside Lawn

    Monday, June 8th 2015, 6:30-7:30pm, Science & Engineering Library

    Sponsored by the University Library and Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)


    Find out More About Pause for Paws

  • Chancellor Blumenthal and University Librarian Cowell
    June 1, 2015

    UC Santa Cruz University Librarian Elizabeth Cowell was honored as the inaugural appointee to the Richard L. Press University Librarian Presidential Chair.

    The Richard L. Press University Librarian Presidential Chair was established with a $500,000 gift from the Helen and Will Webster Foundation and matching funds from the UC Regents.

    Please see the full story from the UCSC Newsroom for more information and photographs of the investiture ceremony.

  • What do you think?
    May 27, 2015

    UCSC undergrads, your input is important and will help shape the future of your University Library.  Take a 15-minute online survey and enter to win a Global Village Café or Bookstore gift card. 

    This survey has closed.

    This library survey, conducted in partnership with the national research organization Ithaka S+R, is your way to tell us directly how you use the library's resources, services, and spaces as well as your thoughts on how the library can improve and support your success here at UCSC.

    And to thank you for helping improve and enhance our library, on completing the survey you may enter a drawing to win one of twenty-five $5 gift cards to the Global Village Café or one of two $25 gift cards to Bay Tree Bookstore.

    Tell us what you think—we're listening! 

  • Chancellor Dean McHenry
    May 27, 2015

    New library exhibit: Chancellor Dean McHenry, the Political Mastermind behind UC Santa Cruz.

    Physical exhibit: on display outside of Special Collections, 3rd Floor of McHenry Library

    Please see the digital exhibit as well.

  • Sorry we will be closed
    May 21, 2015

    The library will be closed Monday, May 25 for the Memorial Day holiday.

    Please see the Library Hours page for our complete schedule.

  • Off-Campus Access
    May 11, 2015

    In response to an increase in unauthorized use of campus library barcodes and the need to protect library licensed resources from systematic downloads by unaffiliated users, we will be adding an additional layer of security to the off campus access login page.


    Starting Wednesday May 13, 2015, patrons and affiliates will be required to enter their last name in addition to their barcode for access.


    Off-Campus Access FAQ

    Off-Campus Access Login


  • Latent Data: How, Where, And Why (Digital) Humanists Discover Data Hidden In Pla
    May 5, 2015

    Patrick Murray-John: "Latent Data: How, Where, And Why (Digital) Humanists Discover Data Hidden In Plain Sight"

    When: May 6, 5:00pm - 6:00pm

    Where: Humanities 1, Room 210

    Join us for this talk by Dr. Patrick Murray-John, Research Assistant Professor and Omeka Developer Manager at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.

    Please see the IHR website for more information about this event.

  • photograph
    April 26, 2015

    New exhibit:  An Uncommon Place: Shaping the UC Santa Cruz Campus.

    Where: Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery

    When: April 8, 2015 – May 9, 2015

    Admission is free

    This exhibit features many photographs from the University Library's Special Collections and Archives that were scanned and processed by the University Library's Digital Initiatives Department.

    For more information about this exhibit, see this event page from the Institute for Humanities Research.

  • posters
    April 24, 2015

    Join us for the 11th Annual Graduate Research Symposium!

    When: Friday, April 24th at 1:00pm

    Where: McHenry Library

    For more information, please visit the UCSC Events Calendar.

  • Elliott Shore
    April 20, 2015

    The University Library Presents a lecture by ARL Director Elliott Shore


    Nineteenth Century Origins Collide with the 21st Century:  The Research Library Conundrum

    Friday, April 24, 2015

    11am - noon

    McHenry Library 4286


    Elliott Shore was appointed executive director of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) effective January 1, 2013. At ARL he provides leadership for all operations and programs of the 125 member–driven organization. Before coming to ARL, he served as CIO, director of libraries, and professor of history at Bryn Mawr College. Prior to his time at Bryn Mawr, Shore was director of the Historical Studies-Social Science Library at the Institute for Advanced Study. He began his library career at Temple University, where he developed one of the country’s largest collections of alternative publications. Shore holds a PhD in history from Bryn Mawr College, an MS in library science from Drexel University, an MA in international history from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA from Temple University. He has been a leader in the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellowship program since 2003 and a CLIR Senior Presidential Fellow since 2008.


    This event is free and open to the public.  Please contact Barbara Taylor for more information.

  • coffee cup
    April 2, 2015

    Yes! You can bring your coffee into most parts of the library as long as it has a lid on it.

    (But if you spill, please tell a staff member right away! Together we can prevent coffee stains.)

    Learn more about the library's food and drink policy.

  • April 1, 2015
  • Hours
    March 18, 2015

    Quarter break hours: March 21-March 29, 2015

    Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm


    The library will be back to regular quarter hours starting March 30, 2015.


    For more details, see the hours page.

  • Pause for Paws
    March 10, 2015

    Come pet the dogs!


    Sunday, March 15th 2015, 4:00-5:00pm, McHenry Library -- Outside Lawn

    MondayMarch 16th 20156:30-7:30pm, Science & Engineering Library

    Sponsored by the University Library and Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)


    Find out More About Pause for Paws

  • Marie Severin Comic Book Artist
    February 20, 2015


    Marie Severin: Comic Book Artist

    Open 23 February – 15 May 2015

    Special Collections and Archives

    McHenry Library UCSC (3rd floor)


    Special Collections and Archives is delighted to exhibit over 40 comic books selected from the recent and very generous donations of UCSC alumni James Gunderson and Peter Coha that form the Gunderson-Coha Marvel Comics Collection. Other items on exhibit have been drawn from existing library holdings.

    Marie Severin is a comic book artist best known for her work as a colorist at EC in the 1950s and as an artist at Marvel in the 1960s through the 1990s. Her first major penciling assignment was the Doctor Strange series in Marvel’s Strange Tales, followed by stories featuring the Hulk, Sub-Mariner and Kull. She is the first woman to have been inducted into the Will Eisner Comics Hall of Fame.

    According to Gunderson, “Marie Severin was a real pioneer in the mid-20th Century comic book industry, and many of the comics presented in the exhibit were part of the dramatic rebirth of superhero characters in American comics in the 1960s, and in film and television today. She is also one of the most beloved creators of caricature and satire in the comic books of the 1960s and 1970s.”

    This exhibit has been conceived, supported and virtually curated by Jim Gunderson. Not only did he donate most of the materials, but he also commissioned the comic book catalogue, donated the exhibit cases and provided all the information about Marie Severin’s work. 

    His tireless efforts, as well as those of Special Collections and Digital Initiatives staff and Special Collections students are much appreciated. A special thank you goes to Ashlynn Prasad for selecting and installing the comics on display.

    Elisabeth Remak-Honnef

    Head of Special Collections and Archives


  • A Unified Approach to Preserving Cultural Software Objects
    February 18, 2015

    We are happy to announce the publication of a white paper, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities's Office of Digital Humanities, that proposes the first archival methodology for computer games in a research setting. It is a collaboration between UCSC Center for Games & Playable Media, the UC Santa Cruz Library, and Stanford University Libraries.


    Read the paper: A Unified Approach to Preserving Cultural Software Objects and Their Development Histories

  • Sorry we will be closed
    February 17, 2015

    Due to campuswide power interruptions, the library will be closed on Saturday, February 21st, 2015.


    Campus Power Outage Announcement

  • Sorry we will be closed
    February 10, 2015

    The library will be closed Monday February 16th, 2015 in observance of Presidents' Day.

    Due to server maintenance, the Interlibrary Loan borrowing service (ILL) will not be available on February 16th. 

    Regular ILL services will resume on February 17th. 


    Due to campuswide power interruptions, the library will be closed on Saturday, February 21st, 2015

  • Photo of the Bower bird piece in Special Collections
    January 30, 2015




    In this new video from the UC Office of the President, Elisabeth Remak-Honnef, Head of Special Collections, talks about one of her favorite pieces in the collection, Bower Bird, by Daniel Essig.



  • Roving student program
    January 29, 2015

    Visit the library's tables in Quarry Plaza and at McHenry all Winter Quarter to: 


    • Meet the library's friendly yellow-vested Roving Students—ask them your library questions! 

    • Learn about library resources guaranteed to help with your assignments! 

    • Enter for a chance to win a $25 gift card to McHenry's Global Village Cafe!


    Where and when:

    Wed.  2/18   10:00am - 12:30pm  Quarry Plaza

    Fri.    2/20    9:30am - 11:30am    Quarry Plaza

    Mon.  2/23   11:00am - 1:00pm    McHenry Library

    Wed.  2/25   10:00am - 12:30pm   McHenry Library

    Fri.    2/27    9:30am - 11:30am     McHenry Library

    Mon.  3/2    11:00am - 1:00pm      Quarry Plaza

    Wed.  3/4    10:00am - 12:30pm    Quarry Plaza

    Fri.    3/6     9:30am - 11:30am      Quarry Plaza

    Mon.  3/9    11:00am - 1:00pm      McHenry Library

    Wed.  3/11  10:00am - 12:30pm     McHenry Library

    Fri.    3/13   9:30am - 11:30am      McHenry Library

  • Kanopy -- video streaming database
    January 16, 2015

    1,000's of titles available to you now on campus and off while we test-run the Kanopy streaming database from 1/15/15 to 2/12/15.


    Check it out and tell us what you think!


  • Library Newsletter
    January 15, 2015

    The latest edition of the University Library Newsletter is out!

    Read the full Winter 2015 newsletter

    Subscribe to the newsletter to get future editions delivered directly to your inbox. 

  • eScholarship University of California
    January 4, 2015

    The library can help you comply with the UC Academic Senate Open Access Policy and get your valuable research into the academic community quickly.

  • UC Open Access Policy Learn more Deposit Waiver FAQ
    January 4, 2015

    The Academic Senate of the University of California adopted an Open Access Policy on July 24, 2013, ensuring that future research articles authored by faculty at all 10 campuses of UC will be made available to the public at no charge.

  • Hours
    January 1, 2015

    The library is back to our regular quarter hours:

    Monday - Thursday  8am - 12am

    Friday                       8am - 8pm

    Saturday                  11am - 7pm

    Sunday                    10am - 12am

    For more details, see the hours page.

  • My ILL Requests Out of Order
    December 22, 2014

    The ILL Request system will be unavailable due to a technology upgrade on January 3, 2015 from approximately midnight to 3 pm. Interlibrary Loan requests cannot be placed during this time and My ILL Requests cannot be accessed. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • Open late
    December 9, 2014

    Extended library hours begin Thursday, December 11, 2014.

    DEC 11th .…… 8AM – 3AM

    DEC 12th  …... 8AM – 12AM

    DEC 13th  .......8AM – 12AM

    DEC 14th  .…...8AM – 3AM

    DEC 15th  …....8AM – 3AM

    DEC 16th  ..…..8AM – 3AM

    DEC 17th  …....8AM – 3AM

    DEC 18th  …….8AM – 8PM


    For more information on library hours, visit our library hours page.

  • Pause for Paws
    December 8, 2014

    Spend some time petting furry friends to de-stress during finals week. 


    Sunday, December 14th 2014, 2:00-3:00pm, McHenry Library (2nd floor -- Info Commons South)

    MondayDecember 15th 20146:30-7:30pm, Science & Engineering Library

    Sponsored by the University Library and Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)


    Find out More About Pause for Paws

  • Sorry we will be closed
    November 26, 2014

    The library will be closed Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28, 2014 for Thanksgiving.

    The library will be closing at 5:00pm on Wednesday, November 26.

    For more information and future library hours, see our UCSC Library Hours page.

  • November 13, 2014

    The UC Santa Cruz Sustainability Office has chosen McHenry Library to pilot the first Zero Waste collection model for the university. Collection containers will be provided throughout the library to accept all recyclables, trash as well as compostable materials. Desk side collection bins have been modified to accept compostable materials and recyclable paper.

    This change is a crucial step toward meeting the UC Office of the President’s goal of reaching “Zero Waste” by the year 2020. Email with questions about the new collection program. 

  • Peter Everwine and Chuck Hanzlicek
    November 13, 2014

    Please join us for the Fifth Annual Morton Marcus Memorial Poetry Reading.

    When: November 13, 2014 at 6:00pm

    Where: Cabrillo College, Room 450

    Featuring Peter Everwine and Chuck Hanzlicek. Admission is free.

    For more information, visit the Morton Marcus website.

  • photograph of Michael Ashley
    November 5, 2014

    Michael Ashley: “Mukurtu CMS: Differential Access for the Ethical Stewardship of Cultural and Digital Heritage”

    November 12 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    McHenry Library, Room 4286

    Join us for this interactive lecture hosted by the Digital Humanities Research Cluster and the University Library!

    This is the second lecture in the "Digital Humanities & Cultural Heritage" lecture series.

    For more information, see the full event description.

  • Sorry we will be closed
    November 5, 2014

    The library will be closed on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 for Veterans Day.

    Please see the library hours page for more information on library hours and holidays.

  • decorative image
    October 30, 2014

    Join us for our Blood and Bones exhibit in Special Collections (3rd Floor of McHenry Library).

    Exhibit open: Monday, November 3, 2014: 10am - 12pm and 1pm - 4pm

    Come admire some of our weird and creepy holdings in this spine tingling exhibit!

    This exhibit has been extended! Today will be the final day to see the exhibit.

  • Manifest Destiny and Beyond exhibit flyer
    October 20, 2014

    Exhibit: Manifest Destiny & Beyond: The United States' Race for Empire in 19th Century Political Cartoons

    When: October 20-31, 2014

    Where: McHenry Library, Michael and Sally Graydon Room (2nd floor)

    Who: Opens to the campus and the wider Santa Cruz community


    To commemorate Filipino American History Month, McHenry Library will host the exhibit, "Manifest Destiny & Beyond." The exhibit runs from October 20-31.

    This exhibit—a collection of political cartoons, photos, and news clips—reflects how the United States media represented the national debate about what to do with the Philippines, one of its newly acquired territories after the Spanish-American War. The images, covering the period of the Philippine-American War from 1898-1902, reveal how “manifest destiny” in the U.S. and abroad was steeped in American conceptualizations of race, gender, and patriarchy.

    Join Jimiliz Valiente-Neighbours, Ph.D. Candidate in the Sociology Department, for an opening reception and talk on Tuesday, October 21st from 4 to 6 p.m. The talk will begin at 4:30. Please contact Ms. Valiente-Neighbours at for more information.

  • Making Memories/Motifs flyer
    October 15, 2014

    Rachel Deblinger: Making Memories/Motifs: Holocaust Memory & the Unexpected Inspiration of Digital Humanities

    October 22, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    McHenry Library, Room 4286

    Join us for this interactive lecture hosted by the Digital Humanities Research Cluster and the University Library!

    This lecture is the first in the upcoming lecture series "Digital Humanities & Cultural Heritage."

    For more information, see the full event description.

  • UCSC Students we need your input! Take our survey and receive a $5 gift card
    October 14, 2014

    The Library is looking for volunteers to test a brief, confidential survey on library services and spaces followed by a brief interview with a librarian -- about 30 minutes of your time.

    The survey testing runs Nov 10‒Nov 26. and you can choose a time that works best for you.

    As a Thank You, participants will receive a $5 Global Village Cafe gift card.


  • Rachel Deblinger
    October 7, 2014

    The library is very pleased to welcome our new CLIR Digital Humanities Specialist, Rachel Deblinger!

    This CLIR (Council on Library and Information Resources) position is a Postdoctoral Fellowship jointly awarded by the University Library and the Humanities Division.

    Learn more about Rachel and her role in digital humanities scholarship.