The University Library serves as the intellectual, cultural, and social hub at UC Santa Barbara, sponsoring a rotating roster of exhibitions and events for the campus community and general public. The UCSB Library’s events program strives to showcase the richness of scholarly and creative work at UCSB and to connect researchers, teachers, students, and audiences from multiple disciplines in our central campus location to learn, collaborate and engage with ideas. Events sponsored by the Library highlight UCSB faculty and student scholars, as well as visiting scholars, authors, curators, and artists.

The Library’s award-winning UCSB Reads program brings the UCSB and Santa Barbara communities together every winter to read and discuss a common book that addresses important issues of our time. Events are held all over Santa Barbara and culminate with a talk by the author in UCSB’s Campbell Hall.

Pacific Views: Library Speaker Series features UCSB faculty and graduate students from diverse disciplines speaking about their current research, publications, or creative work.

The Library’s Scholarly Communication program brings expertise on the changing nature of academic publishing to the campus through talks and hands-on workshops. Each Fall, we plan events that examine and promote open access publishing issues for international Open Access Week.

Exhibition events present artists and curators whose work is currently on display in one of the Library’s galleries.

A comprehensive events calendar can be viewed at calendar. Click here to subscribe to our e-newsletter and have information about events & exhibitions delivered directly to your inbox.

Events are organized by the UCSB Library’s Outreach & Academic Collaboration Department. 

Most events are free and open to the public.