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.

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


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:


Upcoming Library Workshops – Research Databases & Managing References

The UC San Diego Library is offering a large selection of workshops this Winter for all UC San Diego students, faculty, and staff. All workshops are free.

For more information and to register please go to:

***Search Series – Library Databases and Search Tools***

PubMed: The Basics
Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2:30 – 4:00 pm

PubMed: Beyond the Essentials
Thursday, Feb. 15, 10:00 – 11:30 am

***Information Management Series***

Citations – Which Tool to Use?
Thursday, Feb. 22, 10:00 – 11:30 am  Read 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!

Stay Calm – Take A Break In The Stress Free Zone

Tech Devices Need A Charge?

The Library offers many ways to recharge your technology and communication devices. Look for three types of free-standing charging stations throughout the two buildings. Individual chargers are available from the Tech Lending Program and charging lockers are available near Geisel’s Information Desk.

Tech Devices Need a Charge?

The Library offers many ways to recharge your technology and communication devices. Look for 3 types of free-standing charging stations throughout the two buildings. Individual chargers are available from the Tech Lending Program and charging lockers are available near Geisel’s Information Desk.

Geisel After Dark 2017

Don’t miss the 4th annual Geisel After Dark Library Student Success & Safety Information Fair on Thursday, November 2 from 8-10 p.m. in Geisel’s Seuss Room.

Enjoy free snacks, games, and activities while learning how different campus and Library departments, units, and programs can help you succeed at UCSD! The event’s focus is on student support, resources, services, and safety. Highlights include a R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) demonstration. Stop by for a chance to win one of several $20 TritonCash gift cards!

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