The Feminist Studies Collection was established in 1996 and was originally called the Women’s Studies Collection. In 2009 the name was changed when the UCSB Women’s Studies Program evolved into the Feminist Studies Department and began offering a Feminist Studies PhD program.
The Feminist Studies Collection is a browsing collection, and does not reflect the library’s vast holdings related to women, feminism, and gender, most of which is still located throughout other areas of the library. In 2010, the collection within the Ethnic and Gender Studies Library contained approximately 11,550 volumes.
Because of the interdisciplinary nature of feminist studies, the collection contains scholarship on women, feminism, and gender from across the disciplines, with special attention given to feminist economics, feminist movements, feminist methodology, feminist social justice issues, feminist theory, film and media studies, genders and sexualities, global and transnational feminisms, histories of feminisms, reproductive rights, medicine and health, and women of color studies. Other areas of feminist scholarship and analysis given serious attention include history of art and architecture, communication studies, cultural studies, East Asian studies, environmental studies, politics, law and government, languages and literatures, Latin American and Iberian studies, medieval studies, Middle Eastern studies, philosophy and religion, spirituality, sociology, and women’s history.