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A ‘Reinvented’ UCSB Library Opens 

Presiding at the UCSB Library ribbon-cutting are, from left, University Librarian Denise Stephens; UCSB Chancellor Henry T. Yang; Executive Vice Chancellor David Marshall; Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services Marc Fisher; GSA President Aaron Jones; and Associated Students President Jimmy Villareal. Credit: Monie Photography

The newly completed work on the UC Santa Barbara Library is more than just a renovation of its outdated buildings. The project is a reinvention of what an academic library at a top-tier research institution aspires to be and can be.

That’s how university officials are describing the state-of-the-art project, which was first proposed two decades ago. Two years of construction culminated last week with a festive “Reinventing the Library” grand opening ceremony, featuring speakers, dancers, musicians, a ribbon-cutting, a photo booth, and an open house.

Highlights of the celebration include, clockwise from left, an address by University Librarian Denise Stephens (credit: Patricia Marroquin); patrons entering the new library (credit: Sonia Fernandez, Office of Public Affairs and Communications); and the structure brightly lit at night (credit: Monie Photography).Key features and major components of the UCSB Library project, designed by Pfeiffer Partners Architects, include:

  • A three-story building addition on the north side of the library for Special Research Collections, with state-of-the art technology for preservation; Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory; and 24-hour Learning Commons.
  • Complete renovation and seismic retrofit of the original two-story building to house the Art & Architecture Collection, plus additional study, gathering, collections, and exhibition spaces.
  • A new “Paseo,” or grand walkway, that connects all parts of the library as well as the east and west sides of campus, and serves as the library’s new entrance.
  • The addition of about 60,000 square feet and the renovation of about 92,000 square feet.
  • LEED Silver certification. Environmentally friendly features include recycled and regional building materials; reflective roof and ground; energy-efficient lighting; window filters; and water-saving steps such as low-flow faucets and drought-tolerant outdoor landscaping.
  • 20 percent more study space.
  • Expanded wireless access and more power outlets.
  • A sit-down eatery called the Summit Café.
  • Bright reading galleries.

GSA President Aaron Jones speaks at the ceremony. Credit: Monie PhotographyUniversity Librarian Denise Stephens told the GradPost that specific programs and areas will be of particular interest to grad students. “As both scholars and instructors,” she said, “graduate students will benefit from new library programs such as the Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory, which encourages and inspires data creation and analysis across all disciplines; a new Graduate Study that allows for quiet individual work; and group study areas throughout that allow for conversation and collaboration. We hope the new library, designed in part with feedback from graduate students, will serve their needs and allow them to engage with information in the most productive and meaningful ways – online or on site.”

Graduate Division Dean Carol Genetti said the building, with its new spaces, has stirred enthusiasm on campus. “It is thrilling to have the beautiful new library open, to walk through its halls, and to see that it has already become a significant locus of student study and interaction,” she said. “I predict it will become iconic for the campus, exemplifying the collaborative and interdisciplinary interaction that is the hallmark of UC Santa Barbara. The new resources, such as the Collaboratory and the redesigned special collections, will both enhance and accelerate graduate research. I’ve been on campus for more than 25 years and I’ve never before had the feeling that a new building was such a source of excitement and renewal. I couldn’t be more pleased!”

The grand opening ceremony featured speeches by University Librarian Denise Stephens; Chancellor Henry T. Yang; Executive Vice Chancellor David Marshall; GSA President Aaron Jones; and Associated Students President Jimmy Villareal; as well as performances and music by students from the UCSB Departments of Music, and Theater & Dance.

Guests at the library's Open House were treated to "UCSBreakin'," a break-dancing performance in the Courtyard. Credit: Monie Photography

College of Creative Studies Dean Bruce Tiffney was among those posing with Dr. Seuss books in the photo booth. Photo courtesy of UCSB Library“I think the library has always been the heart and soul of the university,” Danelle Moon, head of the library’s  Special Research Collections, said in an Office of Public Affairs and Communications video, posted below. “You can just see the excitement on the students’ faces coming in and oohing and ahhing over the new building – the architecture, the furniture. … It’s telling that the students are embracing the importance and the significance of the library and through their studies they are going to be documenting the significance of what libraries hold, which is the history of the world.”

For more information about the UCSB Library, including entrances; new spaces and places; the new Summit Café; and events and exhibitions, visit the “Reinvented UCSB Library” page. And you may view a fun gallery of Dr. Seuss-themed photo-booth images in this Flickr album.

Dancers from the Department of Theater & Dance perform "Four Birds" on the library's Paseo Bridge. Credit: Karen Lindell, UCSB Library



Grad Students Enjoy Happy Hours at UCSB Library’s Wine and Cheese Reception

The crowd enjoyed cheese, fruit, wine, and good company at the reception. Credit: Patricia MarroquinBlue tickets were a hot commodity on Monday at the Library’s Wine and Cheese Reception in Davidson Library’s Mary Cheadle Room. This year, students received two tickets to claim their glasses of wine. As usual, there was plenty of cheese, crackers, and fruit; and plenty of students to consume them. The estimated crowd of about 125 people went through 48 bottles of red and white wine, according to the library.

The snacks were in abundance at a long table inside Mary Cheadle Room on the third floor of the library. Library staff members Richard Caldwell and Heather Nisen poured the vino out on the balcony.

The reception is one of several events in the Graduate Student Showcase, a two-week celebration of UCSB graduate students and their important work. Upcoming events include the GSA’s Bagel Hour on Wednesday, April 8, from 8:15 to 11:15 a.m.; and an Open Mic night, also on April 8, at Mosher Alumni House from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, visit the GradPost’s Graduate Student Showcase page or download the Whova app.

View our musical photo slide show of the Library Wine and Cheese Reception below.

Scenes from the Library's Wine and Cheese Reception. Credit: Patricia Marroquin


Happiness Ensues at UCSB Library Wine and Cheese Reception

About 200 grad students attended the Library Wine and Cheese Reception on Monday as part of Graduate Student Showcase. Credit: Patricia Marroquin

Library staff members Alex Regan, top right, and Richard Caldwell, bottom photo, poured wine for grad students, while Housing staffer Pam Scott welcomed students. Collage credit: Patricia MarroquinGather 200 grad students into a room along with 70 bottles of wine and you have a happy place. Judging by the food and drink consumed at the UCSB Library Wine and Cheese Reception on Monday evening, a good time was had by all.

The reception is one of the many events in the Graduate Student Showcase, a two-week celebration of UCSB graduate students and their important work.

Cheese, crackers, and fruit were served at a long table inside Mary Cheadle Room on the 3rd floor of Davidson Library. In a departure this year, the wine – served with a smile by library staff members Richard Caldwell and Alex Regan – was poured out on the balcony. At the reception’s height, both Mary Cheadle Room and its balcony were packed.

At about 6:15 p.m., when it was announced that the library had run out of red wine, a groan could be heard from the crowd. But there was still white wine left, so all was good.

There are more opportunities for free food and drink this week. On Wednesday is a supersized Bagel Hour at the GSA Lounge from 8:15 to 11:15 a.m. On Thursday from 2 to 3 p.m., your Graduate Division Dean Carol Genetti will scoop up ice cream at the Ice Cream Social, also in the GSA Lounge. And on Friday, you may enjoy a catered reception in Friendship Court after the Grad Slam Finals at Corwin Pavilion.The Grad Slam Finals begin at 3 p.m., with the reception immediately following.

The lively scene on the balcony of Mary Cheadle Room at Davidson Library. Credit: Patricia Marroquin

A complete schedule of events is posted on the Graduate Post’s Graduate Student Showcase page. Read  recaps of the preliminary rounds on the GradPost.

Enjoy our "Happy" musical photo slide show of the Library Wine and Cheese Reception below.



Library’s 7th and 8th Floors, Including Graduate Study Room, Are Closed for a Few Weeks

Due to construction, the UCSB Library has temporarily closed its 7th and 8th floors, starting Monday, Feb. 17.

The 8th floor Graduate Study Room will be closed until about March 14. See the chart below for all closings.

During the closure, all stacks, study space, and restrooms on these two floors will be inaccessible. If you require any collection materials from those floors, they can be retrieved for you by Library staff.

You can request collection materials directly from the Library Catalog or use this form on the Library website after Feb. 17. Items are retrieved every two hours on a daily basis and held at the Circulation Desk.

The Graduate Study Room on the 2nd floor of the Library will remain open during this time.

For more information about construction, see the additions and renovations page.

Library Renovation ScheduleCredit: UCSB Library



UCSB Closures for the 2013 Winter Holidays

Here is information on some holiday closures and reduced hours of operation at UC Santa Barbara:

From University Librarian Denise Stephens:

Re: UCSB Library hours & closure, winter break

UCSB Library will close on Saturday, December 21, for the winter holidays, including Davidson Library and its Overnight Study service, as well as the Arts Library. The Library will reopen on Thursday, January 2.

Remember that online access to UCSB Library’s research databases, e-journals, and e-books is available to UCSB students, faculty, and staff during the closure. For off-campus access to the library’s online resources and services, use the "Login" link in the upper right corner of the library website at and enter your UCSBnet ID and password.

Similarly, the ability to request materials though our interlibrary loan service continues throughout the closure, though processing and shipment will not resume until after Thursday, January 2. 

Credit:Patricia MarroquinReduced winter recess hours will continue until the start of the winter quarter on Monday, January 6. Detailed hours for the Library’s buildings and service areas can be found on the Library website at

We hope you enjoy the holidays!

From Gary Lawrence, Interim Director, University Center:

Re: University Center Holiday Closure Hours

For planning purposes the University Center will be closed Saturday, December 21, 2013, through Wednesday, January 1, 2014. The UCen Post Office will be open for package pickup and mailbox access only from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on December 23, 26, 27 and 30. You may access the UCen Post Office through the Lagoon Lawn entrance located on the lower level at the rear of the building.

From Gary Lawrence, Interim Director, University Center

Re: University Center ACCESS Photo Center

The ACCESS Photo Center will be closed Saturday, December 14 through Wednesday, January 1, 2014. The ACCESS Photo Center is open this week through Friday, December 13,  10:00 am - 4:00 pm, and will reopen on Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 10:00 am.

From Michael Witherell, Vice Chancellor for Research:

Re: Winter Break Closure Dates for the Office of Research

For your planning purposes, the Office of Research will be closed from Monday, December 23, 2013, through Wednesday, January 1, 2014. The Office will reopen on Thursday, January 2, 2014. 

If you have any questions about the closure, please contact Karen Hanson at X2757 or

Best wishes for a happy holiday season.


GSA President Speaks of Library’s Importance to Grad Students at UCSB Groundbreaking Ceremony

Breaking ground for the UCSB Library project on Tuesday are, from left: Associated Students President Jonathan Abboud; Executive Vice Chancellor Gene Lucas; University Librarian Denise Stephens; Chancellor Henry T. Yang; and GSA President Gary Haddow. Credit: George Foulsham, Office of Public Affairs and Communications

GSA President and Education Ph.D. student Gary Haddow joined Chancellor Henry T. Yang, Executive Vice Chancellor Gene Lucas, University Librarian Denise Stephens, and others on Tuesday to break ground for UCSB Library’s first renovation project in 35 years.

GSA President Gary Haddow donned a hard hat on Tuesday for the Library renovation groundbreaking ceremony. Credit: Patricia MarroquinGary spoke of the importance of the library to the life of a grad student. For those of you who missed it, here is the text of Gary’s excellent speech:

“Graduate students often find ourselves having to wear many hats and transition among various roles. We’re students but also teachers and burgeoning scholars. The Library acts as a central place that supports us in all of our activities. As teachers, we bring our students to the Library for information literacy training. As students, the Library has dedicated quiet study rooms just for us. And as scholars, we have access to on-site collections, one-on-one research consultations with subject librarians, and the wonders of Interlibrary Loan, which puts almost the entire world of information within our reach.

Most graduate student library use is virtual. We’re home late at night or traveling in the field while accessing the Library’s electronic databases through its website. From there, we can read full-text journal articles, view historic newspapers, stream music, and download data sets.

The future Library will not only be a larger, more modern, and flexible physical facility to accommodate the growing student body at UCSB. It will also need to continue to grow and adapt its collections – both print and online – as fields of study become increasingly interdisciplinary.

Libraries are at the heart of any university. Many graduate students will tell you stories of how they got turned on to academia through influential professors and through experiences in libraries – from wandering the stacks to mining microfilm to discovering unique and historic materials in Special Collections.

I count myself among those people who believe in the future of libraries. I may not know what a library will look like 35 years from now, but I do know that as long as it remains flexible, the library will remain essential to graduate students.”

Editor’s note: Gary credits UCSB Librarian Rebecca Metzger for assisting him in preparing this speech. For more information about the groundbreaking ceremony, read the Office of Public Affairs and Communications news release. For more details about the library renovation project, including news, updates and images, go to: Questions can be directed to

"Graduate students often find ourselves having to wear many hats and transition among various roles. We’re students but also teachers and burgeoning scholars. The Library acts as a central place that supports us in all of our activities."
– GSA President Gary Haddow


GSA President Gary Haddow talks to a Santa Barbara News-Press photographer, left; and he presented a speech at the ceremony, along with Associated Students President Jonathan Abboud. Credits: Patricia Marroquin (left photo) and George Foulsham (right photo)


UCSB Reads Chooses ‘Moonwalking With Einstein’; Book Giveaway Is Jan. 10

If memory serves us correctly, last year’s UCSB Reads selection was a true story about nearly 30,000 rubber duck bath toys lost at sea. Now in its seventh year, the UCSB Reads program will focus this winter quarter on a book about memory: “Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything” (Penguin, 2011) by Joshua Foer (a long title to remember, for sure).

The UCSB Library, in partnership with the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor, named the book as the selection for 2013 on the recommendation of a committee composed of faculty and staff members, administrators, and students. 

The goal of UCSB Reads is to bring the campus and Santa Barbara communities together to share a common reading experience. Through a variety of events both on campus and off, such as panel sessions, book clubs, trivia nights, film screenings, and exhibits, the program aims to engage the book’s readers in stimulating dialogue about issues of our time.

The program kicks off at the UCSB Library on Thursday, January 10, at 10 a.m. when 2,000 free copies of the book will be distributed to registered UCSB students by Chancellor Henry Yang and his wife, Dilling; Executive Vice Chancellor Gene Lucas; University Librarian Denise Stephens; and Associated Students Internal Vice President Mayra Segovia.

UCSB Reads will conclude on March 4, when the author will present a free public talk at Campbell Hall.

Joshua Foer, author of "Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything"Before we forget, though, let’s get back to this year’s selection: the New York Times bestseller “Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything.” The book’s author, science journalist Foer, writes about his participation in the U.S. Memory Championships. He undertakes a yearlong journey to improve his memory, with the help of top “mental athletes.”

“Drawing on cutting-edge research, a surprising cultural history of remembering, and venerable tricks of the mentalist’s trade, he transforms our understanding of human memory,” the Library’s UCSB Reads webpage states. 

Executive Vice Chancellor Lucas had this to say about the UCSB Reads program: “From the beginning, the goal has been to encourage a common reading and intellectual experience for our community and to stimulate discussion of important interdisciplinary issues. It unifies the campus and provides opportunities for our faculty to go out into the community to share their knowledge and expertise.”

The program's sponsors are Santa Barbara Public Library System, Santa Barbara City College, Antioch University, Westmont College, KCSB Radio, and the UCSB Bookstore.

For more information, read the Office of Public Affairs press release and the UCSB Reads 2013 Fact Sheet. You may also contact Rebecca Metzger, assistant university librarian for outreach and academic collaboration, at 805-893-2674 or And in a 20-minute TED talk video, “Moonwalking With Einstein” author Foer describes a memory technique called the “memory palace” and demonstrates how anyone can learn to use it. Got all that?


Grad Students, How Do You Use the Library? Take This Quick Survey

The hard-working staff members at the UCSB Library are constantly trying to make your experience there a productive, useful, and pleasant one. As grad students, you know how important and valuable this resource is. Here is your opportunity to weigh in on how you use the facilities and services there for your studies and research. Survey results will assist the library as it undertakes an Addition and Renovation Project, which will feature new services and spaces.

The following is a message from University Librarian Denise Stephens:

“The UCSB Library is conducting a survey in order to learn (1) how you use the library collections, and (2) how alternative access strategies will impact research and instruction.  This information will be essential in helping us address the challenges presented by the Library’s Addition and Renovation Project, including the need to relocate up to 130,000 volumes from the 8-story tower.

Regardless of which portions of the library collections you use, or even if your use of the library is exclusively online, your response to the survey is critical to the success of this space planning effort.

The survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete.  The survey will remain open through Friday, June 8, 2012.

Please go to:

All responses are anonymous and confidential, and results will be reported only in the aggregate.

For further information, please refer to the Library Collection Space Planning Initiative at

Many thanks in advance!  Your participation is very important and greatly appreciated.”


Finals Week at UCSB in Full Swing

Christina Fudurich, UCSB undergrad studying in the library.Christina Fudurich studying for finals.Fall quarter finals week is always such a busy time with loads of grading, exam proctoring, and holiday travel planning all wrapped up into such a short period of time.  If you are a teaching assistant this quarter, you may be inspired to know just how packed the library has been lately, and if you think your students are just cramming, think again.  Library traffic has been consistantly high for several weeks now.  

Late Friday afternoon,  I was rushing out from the 6th floor offices to take the elevator down and I happened to catch one of my department's undergrads making use of the little space left to study.  Her name is Christina Fudurich, and yes, I did ask permission to take her photo.  I was originally in the elevator and already two floors down when I jumped out and ran back up the stairs to snap this shot.  


Good luck, Christina, and to all of our fantastic students here at UCSB!


Davidson Library Invites Feedback

The Davidson Library will start renovation and construction of a new building addition in January 2012. We’re planning lots of diverse study areas, along with tools and technology to enable you to be productive. But we need your help.

Visit our building website and click the feedback tab.

We want you to help us crowd source the internal spaces. Show us what you want to see. Over the summer we’ll compile all the ideas and work them into composite designs for the UCSB community to discuss in the Fall quarter.

What type of workspace and services would you like to see? This is your chance to literally reshape the space on campus.

There are also lots of great prizes.

Brian Mathews, Assistant University Librarian