Floor 1 South Collections (in the 4-story Building) to Temporarily Close

Starting Wednesday, August 27, select areas of Floor 1 South (in the Library's 4-story building) will be temporarily closed to the public for approximately three weeks.  Affected collections are the Reference materials, the Media Collection, current serials and newspapers, and the Map & Imagery Lab.  The following service points will remain open during normally scheduled hours:  Reference/Information Desk, the Circulation and Reserves Desk, and MIL.  Computers, printers, and scanners will remain accessible.

Fire Alarm System Testing in Davidson Library Tower (Wed. Aug. 13 - Fri. Aug. 15 & Mon. Aug. 18)

The new fire alarm system in the Davidson Library 8-story tower will be tested from Wednesday, August 13 - Friday, August 15, and on Monday, August 18 (between 8 am and 5pm each day).  The audible testing is necessary to assure the proper functioning of the new fire alarm system.

Proxy Server Unavailable for Maintenance Overnight on Friday, Aug. 8 (10 pm - 7 am)

The proxy server will be unavailable during maintenance overnight on Friday, Aug. 8 from 10 pm until 7 am the following morning.  During this period the "off-campus login" function will not be working.

If you need off-campus access to our electronic resources and databases during this time you will need to use the VPN.

Floor 2 South Closed Temporarily

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Floor 2 South is closed to the public for a few weeks for construction. Collection materials can be retrieved from this area for you by Library staff. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Floors Currently Closed for Construction: 2 South

Floor 2 South is closed to the public temporarily for construction. If you require collection materials from call number ranges in this area, you can request them directly from the Library Catalog or through a form on the Library’s website. Staff members will retrieve collection items every two hours on a daily basis and hold them for you at the Circulation Desk. Please note that the grand stairwell between floors 1 and 2 is still passable.

NASA Images Reveal Dramatic Drought Impact on California


This image from June 2014 was taken from NASA's Acqua Satellite Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) .  2013 was the driest year on record for the State of California, with drought monitoring showing 2014 conditions to be even worse.

Library Seeks Volunteers for Website User Testing

The UCSB Library is currently conducting a review of its website as a precursor to redesigning the site. We are gathering various types of feedback from our website users in order to identify functional improvements that we can make to the site that benefit the entire campus. During August and September, we are seeking volunteers for 15-20 minute user testing sessions. During these sessions, we will ask you to accomplish some tasks on the library website, and we will record the steps that you take to accomplish these tasks. The test is simply a test of our website, not of our users.

New Display in EGSL on UCSB Student Activism

Hunger Strike PhotoHungry for Justice: Student Activism and the Struggle for Dignity in the 1980s and 1990s is a new display on view in the Library’s 2nd floor Ethnic and Gender Studies Library.

UC Launches Demand Driven Acquisition (DDA) Pilot

The UC libraries have launched a consortial Demand Driven Acquisition (DDA) pilot program for 2014.  DDA is a new acquisition model that enables libraries to purchase monographs based on demonstrated needs of faculty and students in order to align cost with value as effectively as possible.  Though many of the UC libraries have implemented DDA programs locally, the pilot is the first systemwide implementation, and the first use of this approach at UCSB.