Exterior photo of the UCSB Library Mountain Side
Mon, Jan 3, 10:20 am | Services
The UCSB Library is open to patrons but has changed its hours and services in response to the Chancellor’s Dec. 21 announcement that instruction during the first two weeks of winter quarter will be remote and Jan. 8 update that instruction may continue remotely for an additional two weeks. Building...
Wed, Dec 22, 10:31 am | Special Research Collections
On January 1, 2022, an estimated 400,000 sound recordings published before 1923 will enter the public domain thanks to a law passed in 2018. This is significant because, until 2022, no sound recording has entered the public domain due to copyright expiration.  The UC Santa Barbara Library has...
John Levin examines a wax cylinder from his home collection.
Around the world, there exist repositories of writings, imagery, and tools that mark the evolution of humankind, but what are the sounds of our shared history? For the last 35 years, collector John Levin has been amassing a collection of brown wax cylinders--one of our earliest media for recorded...
Wayne Shoaf and Melinda Hayes
Count Dracula, Vlad the Impaler, and vampire pop culture may not seem like obvious areas for scholarly research. However, couple Melinda Hayes, University of Southern California (USC) Rare Books Librarian, and Wayne Shoaf, USC Metadata and Digital Librarian recognized this undervalued collecting...
Browzine logo with software interface in the background.
Mon, Dec 13, 12:39 pm | Services, Research Services
UCSB Library now has access to BrowZine, a service that lets you browse the complete issues of e-journals that the Library subscribes to, just as if you were flipping through the pages of a physical copy. This service is available –on the web or through a mobile app–  to all UC Santa Barbara...
Fri, Dec 10, 10:49 am | Services
The 5th floor of the Library will be closed to patrons next Monday, December 13 to Wednesday, December 15 to allow for renovations to the lobby area. If you need access to East Asian collection materials on the 5th floor during the three-day closure, Access Services staff can retrieve them for you...
Mary Garden in Debussy's Pelléas et Mélsande
About 2,000 rare early opera recordings, including cylinders and 78 RPMs valued at $300,000, were recently donated to the UCSB Library Special Research Collections Performing Arts Collection to be digitized and made available to the public.  The collection was donated by Catherine Glaze, who...
Farshad Sonboldel head shot
Tue, Nov 30, 9:34 am | Library Employees
Farshad Sonboldel joined the UC Santa Barbara Library in October as the Middle East Studies Librarian and Area Studies Collection Strategist. An accomplished poet, writer, literary critic, and researcher, Sonboldel brings a unique depth and breadth of knowledge to the role.  Last year, he won the...
Google Scholar logo - green image of G with graduation hat
Mon, Nov 22, 5:07 pm | Research Services, UC Library Search
UC Library Search went live at UCSB on July 27, 2021, providing a centralized discovery tool to search and browse materials from all 10 UC libraries. Changes are still underway. In fact, those of you who use Google Scholar will need to update your settings to be properly directed to any full text...
A copy of Exhalation sits outside the UCSB Library.
Wed, Oct 27, 4:10 pm | UCSB Reads
The UC Santa Barbara Library and the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor are pleased to announce the selection of the 2022 UCSB Reads book, Exhalation: Stories by Ted Chiang. Now in its 16th year, UCSB Reads brings the campus and Santa Barbara communities together to read a common book that...

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