Celebrate the Freedom to Read: Banned Books Week

BBWsample_pixelborder (2)Did you know that the American classic Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain was once banned in the United States? Twain’s book is one of the most-challenged of all time and is frequently challenged even today for being “racially insensitive,” “oppressive,” and “perpetuating racism.”

There are numerous examples of banned books throughout the decades, and the UC San Diego Library is celebrating the power and freedom to read by participating in the nationally recognized Banned Books Week this fall.  Events at UC San Diego draw awareness to censorship while highlighting the value of free and open access to information. Join us at the following events, learn more and share your opinions!

  • Live Read Out Event, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 11:30am-2pm  in front of Geisel Library near the Silent Tree.  Participants have the chance to read excerpts from banned books and record a video of their reading.  We’ll have banned books on-hand to browse, freebie give-aways, and you can listen to other readings and learn more about banned books.
  • Fahrenheit 451 Film Screening, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 5:30pm, Seuss Room, Geisel Library.  Ray Bradbury wrote fahrenheit 451 BBWthis futuristic and controversial book in 1953. The novel presents a future American society where books are outlawed and “firemen” burn any that are found. The title refers to the temperature that Bradbury understood to be the autoignition point of paper. That same year a middle school in Irvine, CA utilized an expurgated version of the text in which all the “hells” and “damns” were blacked out. Other complaints have said the book went against objectors religious beliefs. Join us for a film adaptation of this classic novel as we explore the controversy of this American novel.

Mid-September through the end of October exhibits will be on display in various locations of Geisel Library and Biomedical Library Buildings. Exhibits feature items from our collection and information about banned books, censorship and intellectual freedom. This year’s national Banned Books Week theme is graphic novels, and we’re featuring information on the Comics Code and banned comics, as well as banned books across the decades and twice-banned books.  Movies made from banned books, medical and science banned books, the early history of banned books, and banned and censored 19th and 20th century literary classics are also showcased in these displays.

BBW_1Join us in celebrating your freedom to read and add your voice to the dialogue. More information available at http://ucsd.libguides.com/bannedbooks




Feed Your Appetite at Dinner in the Library Sept. 12 with Julia Child Biographer

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Evening set in Geisel Library benefits the UC San Diego Library

The University of California, San Diego’s 11th annual Dinner in the Library will take place Friday, Sept. 12 in the Geisel Library building, with proceeds benefiting the UC San Diego Library’s collections and services, which support student and faculty research and teaching. The evening’s festivities will include dinner and cocktails, a silent auction, and a keynote talk from internationally recognized biographer Noël Riley Fitch on “Sharing Julia Child’s Appetite for Life.”

Fitch wrote the first authorized biography of Julia Child, entitled “Appetite for Life.” As part of the evening, Fitch will give attendees a revealing look at Child’s incredible life. A culinary icon, Child is credited with bringing French cuisine to the American public with her cooking shows and famous cookbook, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.”Thanks to a generous gift from the American Institute of Wine & Food (AIWF), a national organization founded by Child and Robert Mondavi, the UC San Diego Library is home to the AIWF’s Culinary Collection, which includes more than 6,500 volumes and other food and wine-related materials dating back to the 17th century.

“The UC San Diego Library provides the foundation for the campus to advance knowledge and discoveries in everything from public policy and the arts, to healthcare and science,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla.  “Private support for the UC San Diego Library provides essential resources to help meet the information needs of our researchers, physicians, artists, students and community members.”

The UC San Diego Library provides access to more than seven million digital and print volumes, journals and multimedia materials.The Library’s vast resources, collections, and services are accessed more than 87,500 times each day via the Library’s website.

“The UC San Diego Library ranks among the top 25 public academic libraries in the nation,” said Brian E.C. Schottlaender, UC San Diego’s Audrey Geisel University Librarian. “It is support from our dedicated donors, alumni, and friends, that helps ensure that the Library can continue to advance the university’s leading-edge research and world-class education.”

As part of the evening, Dorothy Gregor will be honored with the 2014 Geisel Citation for Library Philanthropy. Gregor has played an integral role in the growth and success of the UC San Diego Library. She served as university librarian from 1985 to 1992, and led the Library through a period of great change, overseeing the underground addition to the Geisel Library building. Since then, she has continued to provide valuable assistance, including establishing the Dorothy D. Gregor Endowment for general support of the Library’s distinguished collections.

“Dorothy’s thoughtful patronage serves as an inspiration to others who understand the importance of academic research libraries in the pursuit of transformational discovery and knowledge,” said Schottlaender.

Sponsors of the 2014 Dinner in the Library include: The Dr. Seuss Fund at The San Diego Foundation; Don and Maryann Lyle; John A. Berol; Karen B. Dow; James Forbes, Ph.D., and Julianne Larsen; UC San Diego Alumni; Joel and Nancy Dimsdale; Elsevier B.V.; The Evans Foundation; Union Bank; EBSCO Information Services; James M. Hall; Jeanne Jones and Don Breitenberg; Standish and Theresa Fleming; Anne S. Otterson and United Capital Management.

Tickets for Dinner in the Library are available for $225 per person or $1,800 per table. Cocktails and the silent auction begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner and Fitch’s talk following at 7 p.m. For more information or to register for the dinner, please visit: library.ucsd.edu/about/dinner.

CSU San Marcos library books not requestable this week

Due to a software changeover, books at the California State University San Marcos Library are not available via Circuit. This will last for a week and requesting should resume by Tuesday July 22nd.

For more about San Diego Circuit, see the UCSD Library’s Services page on Requesting books.

Want to Read a Banned Book?

Banned Books Week 2014 @ UC San Diego Library                                                           BBW

Virtual Read-Out Invitation

The Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event promoting the freedom to read by the American Library Association.

This year, the UC San Diego Library will record and share Virtual Read-Out videos in anticipation of the Live BBW Read-Out on Wednesday, Oct. 1.

You may participate in the Virtual Read-Out through a three minute video to:

  • Talk about a meaningful banned/challenged book, or
  • Read from a banned/challenged book.

Recording Times:

  • July 21, Monday, from 8:00am – 9:30 am
  • July 24, Thursday, from 8:00am – 9:30 am
    (you pick a 15 minute time slot by signing up)

Location: Seuss Room, Geisel Library                   BBW sign up                   

Details & to Sign up: http://ucsd.libguides.com/BBWparticipate

For ideas, visit:

See our Banned Books Week LibGuide for more information: http://ucsd.libguides.com/bannedbooks

Brought to you by the UC San Diego Library. Contact Adele at abarsh@ucsd.edu or 858-534-1249 for more information.

IOP Ebooks – New Collection

UCSD has recently licensed the Institute of Physics Ebooks. This license will provide perpetual access to 35 titles being published throughout the year in two series: IOP Expanding Physics (which offers in-depth texts on key areas in Physics) and IOP Concise Physics (which contains shorter texts focused on rapidly advancing areas). The ebooks are DRM-free and available in HTML, PDF, and EPUB formats. Sample titles include:

978-0-750-31040-6cov               bk978-1-627-05273-3cover                 bk978-1-627-05416-4cover                bk978-1-627-05279-5cover

Greening the Mothership

UC San Diego has a longstanding commitment to environmental sustainability, dating back to the pioneering climate change research of the university’s founder, scientist Roger Revelle. Since then, the University has continued to advance groundbreaking environmental research and sustainable, earth-friendly practices in all realms of university life — from landscaping with drought-tolerant plants to conservation-minded building operations.

Geisel_clouds2To help foster UC San Diego’s commitment to sustainability,  The Library provides access to specialized digital and printed resources relating to Environmental Studies, Climate and Atmospheric Science, and Environmental Policy. It has also established an Environmental Sustainability Group (ESG) to collaborate with campus partners and implement ideas that help to create sustainable facilities at UCSD.

Most recently, Annelise Sklar and Kim Kane of the UC San Diego Library published a book chapter, Greening the Mothership, in Focus on Educating for Sustainability: Toolkit for Academic Libraries, edited by Maria A. Jankowska. Greening the Mothership provides a detailed look into the work of the ESG and UC San Diego’s sustainability solutions in practice within the Library. It offers a unique case study on how academic libraries can encourage the incorporation of sustainability concepts in education, programming, and campus operations. Members of the Library’s ESG will also present a poster at the American Library Association’s annual conference titled, From the Ground Up: Promoting Sustainability in Academic Libraries.

We in the Library are committed to the development and enactment of practices that promote the fulfillment of sustainability principles.

Downloading PDFs from HathiTrust

The HathiTrust Digital Library contains over 4.7 million titles, many of which are full text viewable and downloadable volumes. For UC-affiliated users who login, 3.6 million fully viewable books and journal volumes published pre-1923, as well as later public domain books, are available. Some volumes in the HathiTrust Digital Library are only available to search, but are not available as full text or for download.

To download PDFs from HathiTrust:

  1. Go to www.hathitrust.org.
  2. Click Login in the upper right. Select University of California, San Diego and click Continue.
  3. Choose Active Directory, then enter your username and password. You will be redirected to HathiTrust.
  4. Search the collection, with the Full text only box checked.
  5. Select the full view link next to the item in the search results.
  6. From the record view, select Download whole book (PDF) from the left column.
    1. If you did not login earlier, you will be prompted to do so at this point.
  7. Once your PDF is built, you can download it.
    1. At this time, you can only download the entire book or journal volume, rather than a single chapter or article. However, you can use Adobe Acrobat Pro or another PDF editor to delete the pages you don’t want.

Access Medicine working again March 5th

Online access for UCSD has been restored by McGraw Hill to the licensed e-books and e-journals in Access Medicine. Full-text access had been blocked since Monday March 3rd. We appreciate your patience and apologize for the inconvenience while this was unavailable.

Author Talk & Book Signing, William Lanouette

“Leo Szilard: The Man Behind the Bomb”

A talk and book signing by William Lanouette, author of the new edition  GeniusShadow_authortalk
of Genius in the Shadows: A Biography of Leo Szilard.

WHEN:  March 5th, 2015,  11am-Noon

WHERE:  UCSD Faculty Club

Szilard, known as “the father of the atomic bomb,” was a key figure in
the establishment of the Manhattan Project.  He eventually worked to
outlaw nuclear weapons. His second career after physics was biology, and
he spent his final days as one of the first members of the Salk

The UC San Diego Library holds Szilard’s archive and has recently
received a federal grant to digitize his papers (press release).

The event is free and open to the public.

The Faculty Club’s buffet lunch will be available, at the standard price,
after the talk.

UC San Diego Library Winter Reading Staff Picks 2013

Looking for a good book? Our UC San Diego Library staff provide their top picks for winter reading, and the recommendations are as diverse as you might expect!


  • Batavia’s Graveyard by Mike Dash
    • An incredibly interesting and extensively researched true story about a shipwreck and mutiny off of Australia.  It’s long, but worth the read every page!
  • The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • History that reads like a novel. Get this book for the quality of the writing. The history you learn related to politics and the golden age of journalism is an added bonus.
  • The Short, Strange Life of Herschel Grynszpan: A Boy Avenger, a Nazi Diplomat, and a Murder in Paris  by Jonathan Kirsch
    • Best-selling author Kirsch recreates the historical details surrounding a Jewish-German-Polish refugee who assassinates a Nazi diplomat in 1938 at the German Embassy in Paris. Kirsch examines conspiracy theories that suggest Grynszpan was an agent of the Gestapo as an early partisan fighter, and counter perspectives suggesting Grynszpan, in fact, challenged perception at the time of the European Jew as docile and unwilling to resort to violence.
  • Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies: On Myths, Morons, Free Speech, Football, and Assorted Absurdities by Chris Kluwe
    • Humorous and thoughtful essays/rants on everything from football to marriage equality.
  • The Children’s Blizzard by David Laskin
    • Fascinating story about a tragic blizzard event on the American prairie in 1888, and a great primer on weather.
  • The Life of Raymond Chandler by Frank MacShane
    • A biography which might be of particular interest to San Diego locals because of Chandler’s history living in La Jolla. The book includes the exact addresses of many of Chandler’s homes in Britain and the U.S.  Use Google Street View to see how those places look today.
  • Before they Pass Away by Jimmy Nelson
    • One book that I am looking at right now is “Before they Pass Away” I say looking at, because most of the book contains pictures of various tribes and indigenous peoples, that may not be with us forever, with just a little text about the group.  The photographs are stunningly beautiful in this portrait book.
  • The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring by Richard Preston
    • You’ll never look at a California redwood the same way.
  • Packing for Mars by Mary Roach
  •  A recommendation from our Popular Science Collection, Packing for Mars explores how NASA and its astronauts prepare for and handle space in an informative, intensely interesting, and hysterical exploration.
  • Dreaming in Code by Scott Rosenberg
    • A great book in our Popular Science Collection to help understand why creating software is an art and hard to predict.  It contains a well told story about a year’s long development project and a lot of explanations of the practice that are accessible by a tech and non-techie reader.
  • Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris
    • This is a fun book – even better as an audiobook – by best-selling author David Sedaris. Humorous, thoughtful, random short stories from the perspective of a curious traveler across continents.
  • Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body by Neil Shubin
    • “Shubin, a leading paleontologist and professor of anatomy, tells the story of evolution by tracing the organs of the human body back millions of years, long before the first creatures walked the earth based on fossils and DNA evidence.”  So very interesting to explore the way embryos form, evolve and begin life in the form of humans, having final parts that are similar to ancient organisms.
  • Autobiography of Mark Twain edited by Harriet Smith
    • This is the first must-read of three autobiographical volumes; a chance to get inside of the life and thoughts of this great American author.
  • Long for this World: The Strange Science of Immortality by Jonathan Weiner
    • Weiner, a Pulitzer Prize science writer, explores the history and latest research surrounding aging as a “curable disease”. In this scientific exploration of immortality, leading intellectuals in the field are interviewed and the latest anti-aging research is presented. Prepare to be fascinated.


  • Life after Life by Kate Atkinson
    • Fiction based on reincarnation set in Great Britain during the 20th century. Any of Atkinson’s books are sure to take you away into her fictional worlds that seem all too real.
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
    • A totally engrossing adventure story for gamers of any variety or 80s pop culture nerds.
  • The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis by Lydia Davis
    • A great American writer of short stories, Davis brings tremendous wit to her unique style of story-telling. Davis has been recognized in Oprah Winfrey’s O Magazine as one of the “best writers in America”.
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
    • Mystery fiction about the disappearance of a wife, computer and mobile phone searches, and police interrogations. What really did happen??
  • The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
    • An engrossing story of love, adventure, and discovery. A completely different setting and century than Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love, but some similarities emerge in the themes.
  • Hild by Nicola Griffith
    • Historical fiction tale about a young woman who would become one of the most influential figures in British history: Saint Hilda of Whitby. For more inspiring Medieval imagery check out the British Library’s images @ http://bit.ly/1jW2idk
  • Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen
    • Set in Key West, Florida, this murder-police-suspense story keeps you turning the pages.
  • NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
    • NOS4A2 is a fantasy horror novel by Joe Hill, who is probably best known for writing the comic book Locke and Key (as well as being Stephen King’s son). It’s about a vampire-like creature that abducts children and takes them away to Christmasland.  The protagonist is a teenager (and later a single mother) who can find lost things by riding her bike through a mysterious covered bridge which only she can access. One of the characters is a public librarian who has a bag of Scrabble tiles that form scrambled words that provide her with important information, including how the vampire can be stopped. I had to read the last 300 pages all in one sitting!
  • And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
    • Historical fiction set in Afghanistan in 1952 inspired by human love, family and community.
  • The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson
    • Set in North Korea this book explores the life of a professional kidnapper.
  • Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler
    • A journey through the lense of a thirty year old African American single-mother, and her unexpected adventure and friendship with an 89 year old. An excellent book that also explores 1930s prejudices in Kentucky and present day race issues for the lead characters through themes of conflict and self-discovery.
  • Desert by J.M.G Le Clezio ; translated from the French by C. Dickson
    • Here’s my pick, a total bias because I love California and I love its deserts, yet, wanted to read about lands in another world.  The author is eloquently poetic and removes the nomads of Africa from the greater context of the colonial French rule romanticizing their journey and the landscape.
  • Corduroy Mansions series by Alexander McCall Smith
    • What’s to say?  A little dog and his human in London, and the episodic writing style of Charles Dickens.
  • Police by Jo Nesbo
    • A riveting mystery murder investigation set in Oslo, Norway. Recommend any of Nesbo’s book.
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  •             Published in 2013 by Nigerian author, Ngozi Adichie, Americanah is a story about a young Nigerian woman who  emigrates to the US, obtains a fellowship with Yale University, and experiences complexities surrounding love, race and identity.
  •    The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje
    • From the author of The English Patient, so different of a story line, yet written with the same gift of prose that draws you in deeper page after page.
  • State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
    • Journey into the jungle of the Amazon as a pharmaceutical company scientist goes searching for a field team gone radio silent for two years.
  • How the Light Gets In: Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny
    • For the fans of mystery novels, this is Penny’s newest novel. Set in Quebec during Christmas, the writing is beautiful and I couldn’t put it down. And, if you haven’t read this author yet, there are nine books in the series. Can’t wait for the next one in August 2014.
  • The Christmas Mouse by Miss Read
    • This is a perennial holiday favorite of mine, and I’ll be rereading it within the next few days, as I do every year.  The Christmas Mouse is a novella, but it can also be found as part of the Christmas at Fairacre omnibus.
  • 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson
    • 2312 is a science fiction novel written by a distinguished UCSD alum that imagines what the Solar System will be like in 300 years. Most of the system is colonized by genetically engineered people who have been modified to adapt to the different conditions of Mercury, Mars, asteroids, and the moons of Jupiter and Saturn. Venus is still being terraformed to create an atmosphere. The plot concerns the granddaughter of a beloved activist from Mercury, what she’s left behind for the granddaughter to discover, and how that might maintain the current peace enjoyed between the different planets and moons. Robinson’s imagination is startling—I’ve never read so realistic a description of what Earth would feel like to someone not born and raised there.
  • The Morville Hours by Katherine Swift
    • A wonderful book for lovers of gardens, England or English history.
  • Psmith in the City by P.G. Wodehouse
    • One of the funniest novels I’ve read in a while; originally published in 1910.


  • Hawkeye by Fraction/Aja, Marvel Comics
    • A great comic for those who don’t regularly read superhero comics.
  • Saga by Vaughan/Staples , Image Comics
    • A knockout and gorgeous space opera.


  • Reverberations by Pauline Oliveros
    • A 12-CD collection of her early electronic music, much of it previously unreleased.
  • Cold Blue Two
    • Compilation of recent works by living composers, many of them Southern Californians.
  • An Hour for Piano by Tom Johnson
  • Piano Music by Jurg Frey
  • November by Dennis Johnson
    • This has caused a stir in the music world—a previously little-known 4-hour long piano work which influenced several important minimalist composers in the early 1960s.
  • William Steinberg
    • 20 CD box set recording with the Pittsburgh Symphony for Capitol Records.






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