Professor Emeritus Robert Murray Thomas

The UCSB Library extends their condolences to the family and colleagues in the Gervitz Graduate School of Education on the passing of Professor Emeritus Robert Murray Thomas. Professor Thomas became a tenured professor in 1962 and served as the first Dean of what is now our Gevirtz Graduate School of Education from 1964 to 1969. He retired as Professor Emeritus in the Department of Education in 1991. 

Coming Soon: Website Redesign

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On December 21, we will launch our first redesign of the Library web site in more than five years. The redesigned website will be modern, mobile friendly, and simpler to navigate. 

The Egg Chairs Are Coming!

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Two new egg chairs will be unveiled in the Library's 1st Floor, Ocean Side on December 5, thanks to a gift from Health & Wellness. UCSB students are encouraged to use the egg chairs to take study breaks. 

Isla Vista: Voices from the Community (Dec. 1)

Isla Vista: Building a CommunityJoin us on Thursday, December 1 at 5pm in the Library's Special Research Collections (3rd Floor, Mountain Side) for "Isla Vista: Voices from the Community." This panel of diverse Isla Vista residents will discuss their lived experiences in Isla Vista, and their hopes for the community's future.

Giving Thanks

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We asked students in the Library to reflect on what they're thankful for this holiday season. Click here to see what they had to say.

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

The hours for the UCSB Library will vary during the extended Thanksgiving holiday weekend. 

The building will close at 5 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 23 and reopen again on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 9 am.  There will be no late-night study access during this period.

When the building is open, hours may vary for different library service areas.  See our hours pages for detailed hours for this weekend. 

Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Take a Study Break (Dec. 5)

Study BreakThe Library and Health & Wellness will host a free Study Break for UCSB students featuring de-stressing activities from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm Monday, December 5, in the Library's Instruction & Training Room 1312 (1st Floor, Mountain Side). Activities include massages, coloring, puzzles, a stretching station, tea and snacks, and free bluebooks.

Young Scientists Balloon Mapping Refugee Camp

Balloon mapping in Palestinian refugee camp.In a Palestinian camp, home to 25,000 refugees in southern Lebanon, 3 young scientists are creating the first locally made map of a camp in Lebanon.

Alexandria 2.0

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The Alexandria Digital Research Library (ADRL) now includes over 20,000 unique images, text, streamed music and video, and numeric data from UCSB Library's collections. 


Coming Soon: UCSB Library Website Redesign

The UCSB Library website ( is about to get a major facelift. On December 21, we will launch our first redesign of the site in more than five years. The redesigned website will be mobile friendly and take advantage of increased database-driven functionality to minimize duplicate content.