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 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 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 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!

Brace Yourself — 3-D Technology Helps Sea Turtle Thrive

Birch Aquarium teams up with the UC San Diego Library’s Digital Media Lab to 3-D print a brace for its Loggerhead Sea Turtle

Birch Aquarium has teamed up with the Library’s Digital Media Lab to create what is believed to be the first 3-D-printed brace for a sea turtle’s shell.

The Loggerhead Sea Turtle was rescued from a New Jersey power plant in 2013 with a large gap in the bottom right part of her shell. This gap, along with an abnormal curve of her spine and paralysis of her back flippers, is likely due to trauma experienced in the wild before she was rescued.

When she arrived at Birch Aquarium in 2014, the juvenile Loggerhead Sea Turtle weighed just 74.5 pounds. She has since thrived, gaining more than 130 pounds.

“That growth has really exacerbated her condition. Without our intervention, the sea turtle could have gastro-intestinal and urogenital systems complications,” said Jenn Nero Moffatt, senior director of animal care, science and conservation for the aquarium. “We teamed up with the Digital Media Lab at Geisel Library to create a brace that will prevent the shell from curving further downward and will promote more normal growth. It’s our goal to prevent further complications and keep her as healthy and happy as possible.”  Read more…

Project Euclid Journals – Access Restored

Update – Project Euclid has fixed their server problem and UCSD users may again access the mathematical/statistical literature we’ve licensed on that platform.

The mathematics and statistics journals found on Project Euclid are not accessible today due to server problems at Cornell. They expect the site to be functioning by tomorrow November 15, 2017.

New Popular Science Reading – November 2017

Did you know we have a popular science reading collection?

Browse the new titles online, then click the book cover to get a call number. The books are shelved on the main (2nd) floor in the Geisel West Wing, near the Research Assistance Desk and New Books shelf. If the one you want is checked out, just place a request in the Library catalog to have the book recalled and held for you when it’s returned.

Covers of new books from the PopSci collection

Wireless Problems with American Physical Society Journals?

Update: APS has fixed the wireless access problem. If you run into login issues, please Ask a Librarian.

The Library has verified that certain ranges of the UCSD protected wireless on the western side of campus are being denied access to the Physical Review family of scientific journals. We’ve notified CDL to get the problem fixed. In the meantime, if you are asked to login when using the journals on campus and you are using UCSD protected wireless, please also use web VPN (EasyConnect) by following these instructions.

New Database for Ceramic Phase Diagrams

Phase Equilibria Diagrams Online banner

The Library recently licensed Phase Equilibria Diagrams (PED) Online. Produced by NIST and the American Ceramic Society, PED Online is a database of 26,500 critically evaluated phase diagrams for ceramic systems.

Sample phase diagramYou can search PED Online by commentaries and diagrams by chemical system, author, or publication year, and view a diagram’s chemical system, figure number, figure notes, references, commentary and footnotes. With a downloadable PED viewer, you can also manipulate the diagrams with zoom in/out, lever rule, curve follow, mirror, Mol% to Wt% or Wt% to Mol% and built-in calculator.

The first time you use PED Online, you’ll get information about the browser/Java requirements, and a link to download the viewer.

OAWeek- Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act


Open in order to ensure public access to research

Today we are highlighting the call for action to support H.R. 3427 / S. 1701,  the bipartisan Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR).

Help pass FASTR and spread the word about the positive effects this legislation will have on research, the academic community, entrepreneurs, students, and the general public. Now is the time to reach out to your Members of Congress and tell them they should support FASTR! SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition)  Read more…

IEEE Xplore and VPN – How to Fix Your Access

Update: All UCSD IPv6 ranges have been added to our IEEE Xplore subscription.

Posted On: October 25, 2017 Campus added on some additional numbers to the IPv6 range for VPN recently and IEEE Xplore doesn’t yet have those ranges included with our subscription to Xplore.
The temporary solution is to disable IPv6 on your laptop or home computer following the instructions from Indiana University at

We expect IEEE to have our expanded UCSD rangees of IPv6 added within a week; then you can restore your settings on your home computer and laptop.

Need more help? Contact dkegel at ucsd dot edu or 858 534-1215.


OA Week – Open Access, ResearchGate, and Take Down Notices

Last week the American Chemical Society announced they were sending take down notices (TDNs) to ResearchGate to remove ACS journal articles that authors have posted to ResearchGate. Here is the message ACS sent to their authors, including those at UC San Diego.

Articles that were published under ACS’ AuthorChoice with a CC-BY license are not subject to the TDNs and can be posted to ResearchGate (or reposted if taken down in error).

Here’s some background on the issues between ResearchGate and the journal publishers. ACS will not be the only publisher to send TDNs. The American Anthropological Association recently sent a letter to their members asking them to remove copies of their articles from ResearchGate and, adding that Wiley would be sending a TDN to ResearchGate.

We know many UC San Diego researchers use ResearchGate to collaborate and share information.  However, most of the publisher agreements you sign do specify that the publisher PDF versions of articles should not be posted online.

But you can upload your final accepted manuscripts into eScholarship, and then post those links into ResearchGate. The eScholarship versions of your articles are stable, and are legally free to the world to read. Depositing into eScholarship also meets the “open access repository” criterion of the UC Open Access Policies, while ResearchGate is NOT an open access repository.

Please contact Scholarly Communications Librarian Allegra Swift ( if you have any questions the UC Open Access Policies and/or depositing your articles into eScholarship.

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