Current Exhibitions

Modes of CodexModes of Codex: The Art of the Book from Medieval Fragments to Movable Type and Fine Press Printing

UCSB Library (Special Research Collections)
January 28 - April 29, 2016

This grand opening exhibition in the Library's new Special Research Collections features rare and beautiful books from the collection.


UCSB Library (Mountain Gallery, 1st Floor)
Open January 4, 2016

This mixed-media wall installation by Nancy Gifford, 10 feet high and 32 feet long, uses 2,000 altered books and other materials to explore the meaning of books in our digital age.

Historic photo of UCSB LibraryConstruction to Reinvention: UCSB Library Photo History (1954-2016)

UCSB Library (Mountain Gallery, 1st Floor)
Open January 4, 2016

Held in conjunction with the opening of UCSB Library’s new and renovated buildings, this exhibition will celebrate the Library’s present and honor its past. Archival photographs from Special Research Collections will trace the history of the Library from 1954 to 2015 as both a structure and a center of research, culture, collaboration, and innovation. The Library was one of the first buildings on the present location of the UCSB Campus, and although technology, reimagined spaces, and student and faculty needs have transformed the Library through the years, it remains at the university’s heart.

UCSB Reads posterA History of UCSB Reads

UCSB Library (Third Floor Gallery)

This wall display of UCSB Reads posters celebrates eight years of UCSB's award-winning “one book” program, led by the UCSB Library, in which faculty and Santa Barbara community members read the same contemporary book and take part in themed, interdisciplinary activities.

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