Let there be Power

Student feedback concerning electrical dead zones has been addressed with the addition of more power towers. Areas of focus include: Geisel Library 6th floor, Geisel Library East and West Commons, and the Biomedical Library.

Catch the Buzz! Bee Exhibit Opens at UC San Diego Library

The UC San Diego Library is currently showcasing a bee exhibit in the Biomedical Library breezeway—just in time for spring!

The exhibit takes a closer look at the intricate world of these ecologically important insects through a plethora of information about the history of California bees. Part of the exhibit includes an interactive display of bee photographs taken under the microscope. In addition, the exhibit features a few selections from the rare collection of books documenting the history of beekeeping from Joe Bray who works as a cataloger for the Library’s Special Collections & Archives. Bray’s father studied beekeeping at UC Davis in the 1930’s and was a beekeeper in San Diego for many years.

But the highlight of the exhibit is a collection of bee specimens from San Diego’s coast, desert, and mountain areas collected by James Hung over a three-year period. Hung donated some of the specimens he amassed to the Library in 2014 while pursuing his Ph.D. at UC San Diego.

Since donating his collection to the Library, Hung and his colleagues have updated the San Diego County bee inventory to 700 species including about 70 taxonomically challenging ones, making San Diego a truly biodiversity hotspot for bees. The exhibit will be on display through the month of April.

For more information about the exhibit, please contact Scott Paulson at spaulson@ucsd.edu or (858) 822-5758.

VIP Study Room Contest

What would you do to have the exclusive use of a group study room for 24 hours? Well, the opportunity to win prime real-estate during finals week is the VIP Study Room Contest.

Do you have something on your mind? Write us a micro-flash fiction story. Think efficiency of text, brief vivid word pictures, and encapsulated thoughts. Challenge your ability to create precise phrasing.

Send us your 6-word, library-related FLASH FICTION story for a chance to win exclusive, 24-hour use of Geisel Study Room 2 from 10am March 19 to 10am on the 20th, 8 guest passes, and a study-themed gift basket.

Contest Rules

  • Stories should be 6 words and library-related
  • Submit as many stories as you like for additional chances to win
  • Submit here or email submissions to LearningSpaces@ucsd.edu by March 14
  • Winner must be a current UCSD student; include college & major below or in the email
  • Multiple entries accepted per person; each enters you in the contest
  • Submissions may be used in Library publicity; winner to be notified March 14


A Hub for Innovation and Learning: 3D Technologies Offered by UC San Diego Library

Higher education institutions have reached a pivotal turning point, where a confluence of innovative and ground-breaking technologies are bringing an abundance of change to the way in which we teach and learn. From cloud computing to 3D printing and augmented reality, these technologies are altering how we live and work.

For decades, a great deal of scholarly work was limited to photos and text, causing important details about objects and places to be lost and our ability to communicate complexity to be hampered. At the heart of our most recent wave of innovative technologies is a newfound ability to quickly and easily process and visualize 3D data. The means to design and build a new object, explore a place without being there, and capture and share the world around us is now highly accessible. Geisel Library’s Digital Media Lab (DML) puts these tools in the hands of students and faculty and lends expertise and context to make the learning experience simple, fun, and personally relevant. The DML offers free 3D printing, VR headset use, and expert consultation. The possibilities are endless, spanning almost every discipline.  Read more…

Jumpstart your reproducible research: Upcoming 2-day Software Carpentry Workshop, March 7-8, 2018

Software Carpentry aims to help researchers get their work done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic research computing skills. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems.

This workshop will cover automating tasks with the Unix shell, version control with Git, and an introduction to R.

Who: The course is aimed at graduate students and other researchers. You don’t need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop. Registration for both days is mandatory. Please do not register if you cannot attend both days.

Where: Classroom 4, Biomedical Library Building, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, CA 92093.

When: March 7-8, 2018. Add to your Google Calendar.

Requirements: Participants must bring a laptop with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating system (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc.) that they have administrative privileges on.

Register here:


Medical Illustrations Exhibit


Medical Illustrations Exhibit
January 16 – March 4, 2018
Biomedical Library Breezeway

The UC San Diego Library recently installed a Medical Illustrations exhibit featuring visual literary materials that record and relay medical and biological knowledge. The ongoing exhibit aims to explore the noteworthy craft of artists and writers that have contributed to our understanding of modern medicine.

Among the items on display include illustrations, books, and studies highlighting critical medical achievements. Featured works include a reproduction oil painting on canvas by Rembrandt, vibrant illustrations from Niki de Saint Phalle’s personal call to action in the earliest years of the public health crisis, and examples of Leonardo Da Vinci’s groundbreaking anatomical studies. Additional works include a Native American medicine hut drawn by a Cheyenne warrior and excerpts chronicling the advent of herbal medicine in the nineteenth century.

We are open to suggestions for additional works to showcase in the exhibit. Please send us your ideas via Twitter or Instagram DM @ucsdlibrary.

The exhibit will be up through the month of February in the Biomedical Library Building breezeway.


UC San Diego Library Launches “Showcase Your Bookface” Contest

Channel your literary creativity and artistic spirit into creating your best bookface! Bookface is the growing trend of matching your face or part of your body to a book cover to illustrate a melding of life and art. The top five entries will receive a $20 Audrey’s Café gift card!

We encourage those interested in participating to browse and explore book covers for inspiration at the UC San Diego Bookstore, local bookstores, public libraries. 

Contest Details

Timing: Monday, February 5 (12:01 a.m. PST) – Wednesday, March  14 (11:59 p.m. PST)

How to enter:

  • Find the perfect book cover to capture your #Bookface.
  • Follow our Instagram page @ucsdlibrary then upload your entry to your Instagram account with the hashtag #GeiselBookface in the caption.

Who can enter: Current UC San Diego students, faculty, staff, and alumni.  

For the official rules and guidelines, click here. Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, technical quality, and compliance with the contest rules.


  • If the face on the book cover is the same size as your face, hold the book close; if smaller than your face, hold the book further away.
  • Get your friends involved (hold the book, take the picture, or have them pose with you).

Winter Writing Series Features Dream Delivery Poet, Tarot illustrator, and Russian Flash Fiction Writer

UC San Diego’s New Writing Series is excited to announce their upcoming  readings from Mathias Svalina, Cristy C. Road, and Linor Goralik. The writing series are free and open to the public!

Mathias Svalina – Wednesday, January 24, 2018 – Geisel Library, Seuss Room at 4:30 pm

Mathias Svalina

Mathias Svalina is the author of five books, including The Wine-Dark Sea, Wastoid, & Destruction Myth. His writing has been widely published & anthologized, & has received awards from The Pushcart Prize, The Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, & New Michigan Press, among others. In 2006 he co-founded the small press Octopus Books, for which he continues to be an editor. He started the Dream Delivery Service in 2014 & has traveled around the country delivering dreams every day to subscribers in various American cities including San Diego. The Dream Delivery Service has held residencies with MCA Denver, MOCA Tucson, Austin Modern, & The University of Arizona Poetry Center, & has been profiled on BBC World News, & NPR’s Morning EditionRead more…

Geisel Library’s 8th Floor and Tower Restroom Renovations Continue to Move Forward in Winter 2018

The long-awaited and much-needed renovation of the interior spaces of Geisel Library continues to move forward as Winter Quarter kicks off. Geisel’s 8th floor will remain closed through Winter Quarter 2018 in order to create an updated, modern space for individual study. Construction work is ongoing and the 8th floor  is expected to reopen in Spring Quarter 2018. Simultaneously, the restrooms on Geisel’s floors 4 – 7 continue to undergo renovation with the addition of new ADA-accessible and gender-neutral restrooms on each floor.

Throughout the course of the restroom renovations, Geisel’s floors 4 – 7 will remain open, and there will be restroom access on each floor at all times. Restroom renovations on floors 4 – 7 are expected to be completed in late Spring Quarter 2018. Generally, construction will occur in one shift, from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Exceptions may occur and Library staff will notify users in advance when possible.

With the continuing need to provide quiet study space, Geisel’s 7th floor continues to serve as the temporary silent study floor during the closure of the 8th floor, and the Biomedical Library Building has been declared a Quiet Building indefinitely. The collection of oversized materials that was on Geisel’s 8th floor has been moved to the 6th floor. The Roger catalog can be used to find the current locations of any books.

The renovation of the 8th floor marks the next phase of the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative (GLRI), which began in 2015 with the construction of Audrey’s Café. Responding to student, faculty, and staff feedback, the renovation sets out to transform the interior public spaces of Geisel Library by dramatically enhancing the user experience through modern, technology-rich spaces that advance research and learning.

For the latest updates, visit lib.ucsd.edu/construction or follow our social media channels as the project moves along.

Library’s Online Services Available During Campus Holiday Closure 2017-18

While ALL UC San Diego Library buildings will be closed during the campus holiday closure, access to most of our online resources will be unaffected. Information about the various Library services available during the closure can be found at lib.ucsd.edu/library-holiday-closure. Faculty, students, and staff can access Library-licensed online resources via the campus VPN.

Instructors who plan to offer Library-supported course reserves during winter quarter 2018 should submit requests at https://reserves.ucsd.edu/ares/ as soon as possible. Requests submitted after December 20, 2017 may not be available for student use until after winter quarter instruction has begun.

As noted on the Library Hours web page, all UC San Diego Library buildings, including the Geisel Library and the Biomedical Library, will be CLOSED from Saturday, December 23, 2017, to Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Library buildings will reopen on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

Wishing you a safe and healthy holiday season!

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