Library News and Events

  • October 20, 2014
    Manifest Destiny and Beyond exhibit flyer
    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...

    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

  • October 15, 2014
    Making Memories/Motifs flyer
    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...

    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

  • October 7, 2014
    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...

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

  • September 25, 2014
    Watch Your Local Newspaper
    Subscribe to the newsletter to get future editions delivered directly to your inbox.

    The latest edition of the University Library Newsletter is out!

    Read the full Fall 2014 newsletter

  • September 22, 2014
    Library Tours
    Fall 2014 Library Tour Schedule: Friday, September 26th McHenry Library: 11am McHenry Library: 1pm McHenry Library: 3pm Science & Engineering Library (meet inside library...

    Welcome to UCSC! Meet our Roving Information Program students (easy to spot in their Slug yellow vests) at the Welcome Kiosk just inside the library entrance and take a tour of McHenry Library. Points of interest include the Global Village Café, the Information Commons, group study rooms, 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, the Media Center, and the video game room. While you're there, remember to activate your library card (it's your UCSC student ID)! Tours run approximately 20–30 minutes. 

  • September 9, 2014
    Outlaw Publishers poster

    A new exhibition titled “Outlaw Publishers: Selected San Francisco Literary Presses, 1945–1968” recently opened in Special Collections and Archives at McHenry Library. This exhibit traces the genesis of San Francisco’s alternative print culture from its roots in a World War II Civilian Public Service Camp in Waldport, Oregon, to its convergence with the San Francisco literary renaissance of the 1950s and 1960s. Printed works from Untide Press, White Rabbit Press, Centaur Press, The Auerhahn Press, and Wallace Berman’s Semina demonstrate cutting-edge developments in the fields of book arts, typographic design, illustration, and literature. 

    These works will be on display at Special Collections and Archives through the end of November.

  • September 4, 2014
    Mickey Hart Planet Drum

    A new Grateful Dead Archive exhibit 
    "All the Pages Are Our Days: The Books of the Grateful Dead"

    will open August 2 at McHenry Library
    in the Brittingham Family Foundation's Dead Central Gallery.

    More information here

  • September 3, 2014
    Aeon logo
    With this system you'll be able to: Submit requests for books, journals/newspapers, manuscript and archives materials from: Our online catalog Cruzcat Our finding aids...

    Starting September 5,  UCSC Special Collections and Archives will begin using a new electronic registration and request system "Aeon".*

    This system replaces paper registration and request forms used in our reading room. 

  • September 2, 2014
    Special Collections Sorry we will be closed
    The rest of the Library will still be open for normal Intersession hours during this time. Please see our website for more information about Library Special Collections and Archives.

    Special Collections and Archives will be closed September 3 - 4, 2014 for staff training. We will reopen at 1:00pm on September 5.

  • August 24, 2014
    We will be closed
    Library Hours

    The library will be closed Monday, September 1st, 2014 for Labor Day.

  • August 4, 2014
    Scientific American cover
    If you are off-campus, don't forget to log into OCA (Off-Campus Access) before accessing the content of these journals. These journals are licensed for off-campus use only by...

    The California Digital Library has successfully negotiated favorable pricing for several new online subscriptions, including Scientific American and all six Nature Reviews journals. 


    Scientific American is the world’s premier magazine of scientific discovery and technological innovation for the general public. Readers turn to it for a deep understanding of how science and technology can influence human affairs and illuminate the natural world. In every issue, leading scientists, inventors and engineers from diverse fields describe their ideas and achievements in clear and accessible prose; the work of select journalists rounds out the offerings. The graphics are rich in content and visual style.


    Nature Reviews titles have a reputation for publishing superbly illustrated, high-impact reviews written by leading international researchers. UC campuses now have access to these six titles: Nature Reviews Clinical OncologyNature Reviews EndocrinologyNature Reviews Gastroenterology & HepatologyNature Reviews NephrologyNature Reviews NeurologyNature Reviews Urology



  • July 9, 2014
    Elizabeth Cowell
    To learn more about University Librarian Cowell, please see the full announcement from the UCSC News Center.

    We are excited to share the announcement that M. Elizabeth Cowell has been selected by UC Santa Cruz as the campus’s new University Librarian, effective July 15.

  • July 8, 2014
    Dead Central
    The Grateful Dead Archive's exhibition room, the Brittingham Family Foundation's Dead Central, will close on July 1 for one month for repairs. The new exhibition will open on August 2. You...
  • June 21, 2014
    Man on broken stair

    Cruzcat will be down for maintenance and upgrade on Friday, July 25.

    Both McHenry and the Science & Engineering Libraries will be open normal hours.


    For more information, please check out our FAQ.

    We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • June 10, 2014
    Natural Bridges (Decou Collection)
    The Library's collections are a growing treasury of digitized photographs, maps, artwork, oral history transcripts, sound recordings, and more. And you're invited to explore more of...

    "Seeing Santa Cruz" presents our local area from some unique perspectives via photographic images, aerial photos, maps and data visualization from the early years to the present.  

    Watch a virtual tour and then select images to discover more about these and other images from the UCSC Library's online and digital collections.

  • June 2, 2014
    Open Late

    Late Hours Start This Week: 


    Thursday June 5th 8am - 3am
    Friday June 6th 8am - 12am
    Saturday June 7th 8am - 12am
    Sunday June 8th 8am - 3am
    Monday June 9th 8am - 3am
    Tuesday June 10th 8am - 3am
    Wednesday June 11th 8am - 3am


    Summer Break Hours Begin Thursday June 12th, 8am - 5pm

    See the hours page for additional information.

  • June 2, 2014
    Pause for Paws
     Like Us On Facebook!  

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


    Sunday, June 8th 2014, 6:00-7:00pm, McHenry Library Outside Lawn (Weather permitting)

    MondayJune 9th 2014, 6:00-7:00pm, Science & Engineering Library

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


    Find out More About Pause for Paws

  • May 29, 2014
    Build Your Data Management Plan
    New DMPTool Features: New user interface with embedded tips and help throughout Library of publicly available data management plans Assigning plan co-owners for better collaboration...

    A newly updated DMPTool for building data management plans has just been released. The tool is free to use and accessible via your CruzID GOLD account. 


  • May 12, 2014
      What is eScholarship?   It is an open access repositoryfrom the California Digital Library that provides Open-Access scholarly publishing services to the University of...

    See the most recent eScholarship activity for UCSC

    Highlights include:

    • The top ten most frequently read UCSC publications
    • New journals, units and series established in eScholarship by UCSC faculty/students
    • Total number of UCSC eScholarship publications
  • May 10, 2014
    Library Closed for Memorial Day

    The Library will be closed Monday, May 26 for Memorial Day.  We will reopen for our regular hours Tuesday, May 27.

  • May 5, 2014
    black board
    Join us at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 9 for the 10th annual Graduate Research Symposium. This event offers graduate students an opportunity to share their research with faculty, staff,...

    Graduate Research Symposium

    Friday, May 9, 2014, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

    Information Commons South, second floor of McHenry Library


  • March 31, 2014
    Happy clock

    Great news!  
    Two hour Course Reserves materials that go out overnight will now be due 2 hours after opening the next day, instead of 1 hour.  

    See full times and details here.

  • March 31, 2014
    Snack Vending Machine

    The Science & Engineering Library now has a snack vending machine! It's located on the lower level, near the atlases (and includes a credit card reader).

  • March 30, 2014
    Alumni Weekend 2014
    Panel Discussion Please join us for an exploration of campus history and discussion of the library's Regional Oral History Project. The event will include a panel discussion with oral...

    Alumni Weekend Event

    Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

    Special Collections, McHenry Library

  • March 30, 2014
    Join us for a presentation for UC researchers by The University of California Curation Center (UC3)/California Digital Library (CDL) on services and support for data management and...

    Digital Curation and Your Research: Managing and Preserving Data & Source Material

    April 16  4:00pm - 6:00pm

    Dougherty Reading Room, Science & Engineering Library**

    More Event details here...

  • March 25, 2014
    Sorry we will be closed
    The library will re-open and resume normal quarter hours on Monday, March 31, 2014. See the Library Hours page for our complete schedule.

    The library will be closed on Friday, March 28, 2014 for César Chávez Day.

  • March 10, 2014
    Open Late
    See the hours page for additional information. Spring break hours begin Friday March 21, 8am-5pm.

    Extended hours for Winter 2014 Finals: March 14 - March 20, 2014, at both McHenry and Science & Engineering libraries.

    March 14: 8am - 12am
    March 15: 8am - 12am
    March 16: 8am - 3am
    March 17: 8am - 3am
    March 18: 8am - 3am
    March 19: 8am - 3am
    March 20: 8am - 3am

  • March 10, 2014
    Pause for Paws
     Like Us On Facebook!    

    Drop-in Stress Relief at the Library!

    Did you know that interacting with a dog can lower stress?

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

    SundayMarch 16th 2013, 6:00-8:00pm, Science & Engineering Library


    MondayMarch 17th 2013, 6:00-8:00pm, McHenry Library (2nd floor -- Info Commons South)

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


    Find out More About Pause for Paws



  • February 19, 2014
    Social Explorer

    The University Library is pleased to announce the acquisition of Social Explorer from Oxford University Press made possible by a generous endowment gift. Many faculty across the campus have expressed interest in this interactive resource, which makes it possible to use U.S. Census Data to create custom maps and find demographic data for both current and historical census years. 

    • Select Maps or Tables to get started
    • Create an account if you wish to save your maps and projects

    Datasets include

    • Entire US Census history from 1790 to 2010
    • American Community Survey (ACS) from 2005 to 2012
    • The Religious Congregations and Membership Study (RCMS) from 1980 to 2010 (the most complete census available on religion in the US)
    • InfoGroup data on religious congregations in the US for 2009 and 2010
    • Carbon emissions data for 2002 from the Vulcan Project


    Please note: Off-campus users must be logged into OCA (Off-Campus Access) to use this resource. 


  • February 19, 2014
    McHenry Library Room 4286

    Find your perfect place to study. Both libraries offer a variety of study spaces. Lists are arranged from quietest to busiest so you can find the environment best suited to your needs.

    McHenry Library: Silent, Quiet, Somewhat quiet, Active, Group spaces for collaboration

    Science & Engineering Library: Quiet, Somewhat quiet, Active, Group spaces for collaboration

  • January 28, 2014
    Unidentified people from campus history collection
    Go to the collection (opens a new window) Scan the thumbnail images click the 'Next' button (top or bottom) right side of each thumbnail page to get to the next page click...

    The Library needs your help identifying people and places in photos from the Campus Archive. This collection of 200+ images includes photos from the 1960's through the 1980's.


    Were you a student at UCSC in the 60's, 70's or 80's? Were you on the faculty or part of the staff? Are you in any of these photos or can you help identify what these people were doing?


  • January 24, 2014
    North French Hebrew Miscellany
    UCSC Special Collections has recently acquired a facsimile of one of the world’s most important medieval Jewish manuscripts, the North French Hebrew Miscellany. The manuscript was written...

    Come to Special Collections
    to look at and learn about
    a spectacular book recently
    acquired by Special Collections.

    Date:   January 30, 2014
    Time:  4:30 pm-5:30 pm
    Place:  Special Collections, McHenry Library


  • January 20, 2014
    Caribbean Newspapers
    Most newspapers were published in the English language, but a number of Danish-, French-, and Spanish-language titles are included--essential for researching colonial history, the Atlantic...

    The UCSC Library now has access to Caribbean Newspapers, Series 1, 1718-1876

    This is a fully searchable, primary-source collection of over 130 18th- and 19th-century newspapers from twenty-two Caribbean islands.

  • January 20, 2014
    Media Center collections
    Why are we doing this? To support increased access to library resources. To support UC-wide initiatives toward increased lending of Media Collections. Because increased library use of...

    Beginning Winter Quarter, 2014 the library is running a pilot program to lend a subset of our VHS and DVD collections to undergraduates and University staff.  See program details here.

    We will assess the pilot once it is complete and decide how to proceed from there.  

  • January 19, 2014
    Sorry we will be closed
    The library will be closed Monday, January 20, 2014 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
  • January 6, 2014
    Monday - Thurs.      8AM - 12AM Friday                    ...

    Welcome back!

    Regular library hours start Monday, January 6th.



  • January 1, 2014
    Watch your local newspaper
    You can read the full Autumn 2013 newsletter. Subscribe to the newsletter to get future editions delivered directly to your inbox.

    The latest edition of the University Library Newsletter is out!

  • December 17, 2013


    The Library will closed during
    UCSC Campus Holiday Closure from:

    Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 - Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014


    We will re-open on Thursday, January 2, 2014.

  • December 11, 2013

    December 12-20, 2013 and January 2-5, 2014

    • Open Monday - Friday: 8am-5pm

    • Closed Saturdays and Sundays


    Closed December 21, 2013 - January 1, 2014


    Complete Library Hours

  • December 9, 2013
    Email Scam Alert
    ITS News Alert about this topic   General cyber security recommendations are available at: Additional information about avoiding scams is...
    Please be advised of an EMAIL SCAM that appears to be from "University of California, Santa Cruz" with the subject, "Off Campus Access - Barcode Deactivation Due Date".
    This email is an attempt to trick you into replying to the email with your library barcode number. Do not reply to this email. Please report the email to Google as phishing, then delete it; do not respond. More information about this scam:
    If you have a question or replied to the scam email with your library barcode number, please submit an IT Request ticket at or contact the ITS Support Center at, 459-HELP (4357), or in-person at Kerr Hall Room 54.
    After contacting ITS Support, please call the library circulation desk (459-5185) to get a new barcode number so that you can continue with your library research. 
  • December 2, 2013
    open late

    Late night hours start this week:

    Thurs. Dec 5: 8am - 3am
    Friday Dec 6: 8am - 12am
    Saturday Dec 7: 8am - 12am
    Sunday Dec 8: 8am - 3am
    Monday Dec 9: 8am - 3am
    Tuesday Dec 10: 8am - 3am
    Wed. Dec 11: 8am - 3am

    Break hours Thurs. Dec 12 - Dec. 20: 8am - 5pm

  • December 1, 2013
    Pause for Paws
     Like Us On Facebook!  

    Drop-in Stress Relief at the Library!

    Did you know that interacting with a dog can lower stress?

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

    SaturdayDecember 7th 2013, 6:00-8:00pm, McHenry Library (2nd floor -- Info Commons South)


    Sunday, December 8th 2013, 6:00-8:00pm, Science & Engineering Library


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

  • November 23, 2013
    Sorry we will be closed
    Please see the library hours page

    The library will be closed on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

    We will close at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, November 27.

  • November 15, 2013
    Council on Library and Information Resources

    The UCSC University Library is offering a two-year "Postdoctoral Fellowship in Academic Libraries" through the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) in support of digital humanities scholarship.  

    This individual will investigate emerging collaborative research practices and develop a pilot infrastructure to support this research. They will work as part of a team of UCSC librarian experts in digital initiatives, metadata, special collections and humanities faculty and graduate students.


    The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Fellows work on projects that forge and strengthen connections among library collections, educational technologies, and current research. The program offers recent PhD graduates the chance to help develop research tools, resources, and services while exploring new career opportunities. 

    See a full desciption of the position here.





  • November 12, 2013
    Skins and Bones image

    The UCSC Museum of Natural History will be displaying vertebrate skins from the Museum and bones from the Anthropology department. 


    Special (re)-appearance from Winston the Weasel.


    Friday, November 22, 2013

    Saturday, November 23, 2013


    Science & Engineering Library
    Ching-Yi Dougherty Reading Room


    • Free admission
    • Free parking in West Core Parking Structure on Saturday
    • Student-created Exhibits from Curation of Natural History Collections Class (ENVS 17)
    • More information
  • November 4, 2013
    Recently published books
    Please join us for a celebration of two recently published books: The Coming of the Holocaust: From Anti-Semitism to Genocide by Peter Kenez, and The Jewish Street: The City and Modern...

    The Center for Jewish Studies and the University Library present: 

    An Evening with Peter Kenez, 
    Murray Baumgarten and Lee Jaffe 

    Wednesday, Nov. 13 6:00-7:30
    Silverman Conference Room
    Stevenson College

    Refreshments will be served.


  • November 3, 2013
    Closed sign

    The Library will be closed Monday November 11 2013 for Veterans Day.

  • October 24, 2013
    Row of books

    The UC Santa Cruz University Library and the Center for Games and Playable Media group at UCSC were awarded a grant of $418,540 from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for a project titled “From Descriptive Metadata to Citation: Building a Framework for Search and Communication in Game Studies.”  

    They will partner with Stanford University Libraries to investigate creating modern, standardized methods of describing computer games. The project was one of 40 funded in a field of 137 applications for $33 million in IMLS grants. Awards were made based on a project’s potential for broad impact and significant innovation.

    Read more here

  • October 22, 2013
    Black and white illustration of tree and text
    Join Andie and learn how she created the pages for her artists’ book, IN FORESTS, Volume XXVII: Walking Near Them, a new addition to the Special Collections at the UCSC McHenry Library. IN...

    Presentation by artist Andie Thrams

    When: Thursday, October 31, 2013; 3:30PM - 5:00PM

    Where: McHenry Library, Special Collections (3rd Floor)

  • October 8, 2013
    Peter Binfield
      Peter Binfield, PhD, former director of PLoS One and co-founder of PeerJ will present “Open Access - What works? What’s broken? What are the solutions and Where is it going?” in the...
    Monday, October 21st, 2013
    10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
    Ching-Yi Dougherty Reading Room
    Science & Engineering Library