Geisel Collections Consolidation Update (Spring 2014)

The UC San Diego Library is continuing to work on consolidating our physical collections. The following is a brief update of the major accomplishments within the last six months. Please refer to previous updates below for more information about physical collection consolidations within the last few years.

Oversized Volumes on the 8th Floor of Geisel

The incorporation of the oversized material from the former SIO, S&E, IR/PS, SSH and Arts and Music collections onto the 8th floor was completed in November 2013. This area now includes all oversized materials except for the M-N, TR and SB call number ranges, which are housed in the Arts collection on the 1st floor of Geisel.

Compact Shelving in Geisel

The project to store bound print journals in the compact shelving is also underway. Beginning in December 2013, we began to assess and measure the bound journals in the tower. The goal is to separate the bound journals from the monographs in the former SSH collection in the tower and merge them with former S&E, SIO and Arts bound journals in the compact shelving on the 1st floor. The measurements we are currently taking will help us to decide how many years of bound print journals will fit in the compact shelving on campus, and how many will be stored in our off-campus storage facility. Materials stored off-campus are always available for paging.

The actual movement of the bound journals to their new locations will begin Summer 2014.

Electronic Journal Backfile Purchases

In an effort to make journal content more accessible to users, the Library in the past year has committed to purchasing numerous electronic journal backfiles. The purchase of electronic journal backfiles allows users to access the content they need more quickly and easily, while also freeing up shelf space on campus for materials unavailable online.

Materials purchased include:

  • Cambridge University Press (over 250 titles, 1770-present)
  • American Geophysical Union (1899-1995)
  • Wiley journal backfiles (select titles, 1841-2004)
  • Elsevier book series (over 40 series, 1943-2009)
  • DeGruyter journal backfiles (1877-present)
  • ProQuest Congressional Hearings Archive (1980-2003)
  • Vogue Archive (1892-present)
  • ASME (backfile from 1980-2000)

If you have feedback on the Library’s collection consolidation efforts, please send your comments to us at: