Current Exhibitions

Visual ProvocationsVisual Provocations

UCSB Library (Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory, 2nd Floor, Mountain Side)
April 27 - June 12, 2016

Please check hours for the Collaboratory.

Exhibition by an interdisciplinary group of six UCSB students in the Department of Film and Media Studies class "Data Visualization as Media Praxis."

Reception and demonstration in the Library's Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 27.

Mengele letterLetters of Josef Mengele

UCSB Library (8th Floor Lobby)
April 11 - May 27, 2016

This exhibition of letters sent by Nazi physician Josef Mengele to his wife, Irene, while he was stationed at Auschwitz, is planned in conjunction with Holocaust survivor Eva Kor's May 5 visit to UCSB. Mengele performed a wide range of gruesome and lethal experiments using Jewish and Roma twins, including Kor and her twin sister, Miriam. Pieces are on loan from the Florence and Laurence Spungen Family Foundation.

Art of Science, 2016Art of Science, 2016

UCSB Library (Tower Gallery, 1st Floor, Ocean Side)
March 28 - summer, 2016

The Library is again exhibiting the winners of the annual Art of Science Competition. Organized by the Schuller Lab and the Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships at the California Nanosystems, this exhibition allows UCSB researchers to share the beauty of discovery and the story of their science with the campus community.

Inca stringed accounting device (quipu).Teaching Exhibition: Pre-Columbian Arts of the Americas

UCSB Library (Art & Architecture, 1st Floor, Mountain Side)
On exhibit spring quarter, 2016

From an Inca stringed accounting device (quipu) to a Teotihuacan anthropomorphic incense burner, to several Nasca polychrome vessels, this exhibition, which is open to the public, brings together some of the highlights of Pre-Columbian objects owned by UCSB’s Art, Design, & Architecture Museum. These objects will serve as the basis for research papers written by students in the Art History lower division class The Arts of Pre-Columbian America.

Open during Art & Architecture hours.

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 - June 12, 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)
January 4 - October 31, 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 (3rd Floor Gallery, Ocean Side)

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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