The University of California, Santa Barbara Library has a collection of over 3 million volumes, 1.1 million local, state, and federal government publications, and over 315,000 audio recordings. The library subscribes to over 22,000 serials publications, including over 6,000 electronic journals, and has over 3.7 million microforms, 467,000 maps, and 3.2 million satellite and aerial images. There are 3.2 miles of manuscript and archival collections.
Through the library's website, UCSB students, staff, and faculty can access online catalogs, databases of articles and books, complete electronic journals, and other scholarly resources from anywhere in the world. As a member of the California Digital Library, the Association of Research Libraries, and the Center for Research Libraries, the UCSB Library participates in cooperative programs with other major national research libraries to provide collections and services to the UCSB community.
Most of the library's collections are located in the main UCSB Library, including Sciences & Engineering, Curriculum Resources, East Asian, Ethnic and Gender Studies, and the Map & Imagery Laboratory.
Special Research Collections has holdings that include rare books and manuscripts and several distinguished collections, including the Performing Arts Collection, the Wyles Collection on the American West, the Skofield Printers’ Collection, and the California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives.
The Music Library is a full-service branch library that supports academic programs in music. Special materials in the Music Library collection include more than 60,000 sound recordings, and music scores.
Part of the UCSB Library -- Davidson Library -- is named in honor of Donald C. Davidson, University Librarian from 1947 to 1977. His leadership and vision brought the UCSB Library into the world of distinguished research libraries.