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General Agency Information
Name:UCSC Library
Alternate Name(s):University of California Santa Cruz Library
Address:University of California, 1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA  95064
Driving Directions
Primary Phone:831-459-5185
Secondary Phone:831-459-5171
 Use California Relay: Yes
Days/Hours of Operation/Phone:Check website for details.
Description:Please note the public service desk closes 15 minutes before the building closes.

Check website for individual Quarter and special session hours, as they will vary:

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. Only UCSC affiliates, courtesy borrowers and/or Friends of the Library may check material out from the general collections.

Some collections housed in the library are unavailable for loan to anyone, regardless of affiliation, may only be used under certain conditions and/or may only be accessed during specific unit operational hours.

Only patrons who are directly affiliated with UCSC (current faculty, staff and students) may access the full complement of licensed databases remotely. Access to the licensed databases is available to all visitors within the Library.

Community Users who elect not to purchase a Friends of the Library Card may request UCSC owned library materials housed in the Northern Regional Library Facility (NRLF) through Interlibrary Loan. Assistance with the ordering process is provided at the Public Service Desks. The materials may not be checked out of the Library but are available for in-library use.

FEES: Call or check website for library card availability.

AREAS SERVED: The borrowing area served by the University Library is defined as the state of California. With the exception of UC faculty, staff, students, and UCSC Summer Conference participants, individuals must be at least 18 years of age and present proof of California residency (ID or driver's license) to receive a library card.
Mission:The University Library strengthens the UCSC academic enterprise by providing, presenting, and preserving a wide range of information resources. We utilize innovative approaches in working with faculty and students to help them discover, use, manage, and share the array of information that supports their research, teaching, and learning.
Programs:Collections that might be of particular interest to the community are:
Maps- The University Library Map Collection is located on the lower floor of the Science & Engineering Library. The Map Room is open by appointment, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons, from 1-5pm. Please call at least 24 hours ahead to make an appointment, 831-459-2364.

Visiting Dead Central:
The Dead Central gallery is in McHenry Library, on the 2nd floor (entrance level).
Artifacts from the permanent collection and themed exhibits featuring selected works are displayed in the Brittingham Family Foundation's Dead Central, UCSC's exhibition site for the Grateful Dead Archive.

Access to the Grateful Dead Archive for research and study is made available through the University Library's Special Collections & Archives department. Phone: (831) 459-2547
Grateful Dead Archive Online:
Languages other than English:Chinese
Accommodations for Disabled:Call for Information
Parking & Wheelchair Access
Public Transportation:Available Within Four Blocks
Eligibility:Open to All
Fees:See Description Notes
Areas Served:See Description Notes
Physical Location:Santa Cruz
Related Agencies
Parent Agency:University of California Santa Cruz
Subject Headings
 Book Downloads
Book Loan
Electronic Information Resources
Government Agencies
Information and Referral
Information Services
Library Services
This record last modified June 19, 2016

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