The UCSB Library partners with other groups to leverage our purchasing power and maximize our use of space.  These are some of the groups we work with:

California Digital Library (CDL)

The CDL has developed systems linking users to the vast print and online collections within UC and beyond. They developed one of the largest online library catalogs in the country; facilitated the co-investment and sharing of materials and services used by libraries across the UC system; explore how services such as digital curation, scholarly publishing, archiving, and preservation support research throughout the information lifecycle.

Center for Research Libraries (CRL) 

The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) is an international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries that supports advanced research and teaching by preserving and making available to scholars the primary source material critical to their disciplines.  CRL acquires and preserves newspapers, journals, documents, archives, and other traditional and digital resources from a global network of sources.

Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

The California Digital Library, in collaboration with the ten-campus University of California (UC) Libraries system, is a DPLA Content Hub. In this role, CDL shares metadata records from Calisphere, a website with approximately 250,000 digital primary source objects contributed by libraries, archives, and museums across the state. Additionally, CDL will be exploring new avenues for aggregating metadata records hosted outside of the Calisphere platform, and sharing those records with DPLA.


The Hathi Trust aims to build a reliable and increasingly comprehensive digital archive of library materials converted from print that is co-owned and managed by a number of academic institutions; to improve access to these materials in ways that meet the needs of the co-owning institutions; to create reliable and accessible electronic representations, and more.  Through partnerships with Google and the Internet Archive, the UC Libraries have digitized millions of volumes from their collections for inclusion in HathiTrust.  Many of these books that are in the public domain are now available for purchase in reprinted editons or to download for free.


JSTOR is a shared digital library that helps academic libraries to free space on their shelves, save costs, and provide access to vast content. By digitizing content to high standards and supporting its long-term preservation, JSTOR aims to help libraries and publishers of scholarly content transition their collections and publishing activities from print to digital operations. Their aim is to expand access to scholarly content around the world and to preserve it for future generations.

Knowledge Unlatched

Knowledge Unlatched (KU) is a collaborative initiative enabling open access books.  The aim is for libraries to create a sustainable route to open access for scholarly books and secure long-term cost savings for their own institutions by sharing the costs of making humanities and social science monographs available on a Creative Commons license.


Portico is among the largest community-supported digital archives in the world. Working with libraries, publishers, and funders, Portico preserves ejournals, ebooks, and other electronic scholarly content to ensure researchers and students will have access to it in the future.

Transformative Models

The Library partners with organizations to advance economically balanced and sustainable scholarly communication systems.  These organizations currently include arXiv, Biomed Central, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Nucleic Acids Research, PLOS, SCOAP3 and Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.


The Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST) is a distributed retrospective print journal repository program serving research libraries, college and university libraries, and library consortia in the Western Region of the United States. Under the WEST program, participating libraries consolidate and validate print journal backfiles at major library storage facilities and at selected campus locations. The resulting shared print archives ensure access to the scholarly print record and allow member institutions to optimize campus library space. This collaborative regional approach to managing library collections represents an important step, when joined with other initiatives, toward development of a network-level shared print archive.