Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative – Naming Opportunities

With the help of alumni, students, faculty and friends, this multimillion-dollar Geisel Library Renovation Initiative will transform Geisel Library with spaces that are modern, collaborative, and technology-rich. The upgrades will further advance the learning and research of our exceptionally talented students and researchers.

Major philanthropic naming opportunities include:

1st Floor Renovation

A significant transformation of the 1st floor to create a high-end Media & Digital Scholarship Commons, repurpose key learning spaces, install new data and visualization technologies, and substantially upgrade furniture, carpeting, and finishes. The project will require $2 million total to support the following major upgrades:

  • Media & Digital Scholarship Commons $1,500,000
  • The proposed Media & Digital Scholarship Commons will combine space, technologies, expertise, and programs to support the needs of UC San Diego students and faculty as they work on digital research and production projects ranging from video and map production to data visualization and text mining. It will relocate and expand the Library’s existing Digital Media Lab. This collaborative space will facilitate engagement between librarians, researchers, and students from across all disciplines. Other enhancements could include a technology-enabled media wall, interactive digital screens, and a data visualization lab.
  • Collections & Study Area $500,000
  • This space will be enhanced to make it warm and inviting for individual and group study. It will offer individual and group study tables, good lighting, and comfortable seating that support easy access to the science and engineering collections.

2nd Floor Renovation $3,000,000 - *Fulfilled*

Thanks to a generous gift from Audrey Geisel, the first stage of the revitalization initiative will focus on the 2nd (main) floor of Geisel Library—the most active learning space in the facility. This major renovation will include an impressive lobby entrance, a new Research Commons, a significant upgrade to the existing Learning Commons, an exciting new Café and Lounge, the implementation of new technologies, and other enhancements.

8th Floor Renovation – The Sky Lounge $2,000,000

Geisel Library's top floor offers dramatic views of the campus and surrounding area. We envision this floor as an enhanced study lounge that can also be used for special events and cultural activities.

Endowment to Maintain the Excellence of Geisel Library $3,000,000

To be prepared for future changes in library learning spaces and to ensure that Geisel Library continues to serve as a high-caliber, cutting-edge campus facility in perpetuity, we are seeking named endowment(s) to fund ongoing enhancements to technology, spaces, furniture, carpeting, and finishes. With these resources, we will evolve alongside technology and student learning styles, ensuring the lasting and value of this center.

Join us as we embark on this vibrant new chapter in Geisel Library’s evolution.

With your support, the iconic Geisel Library will always be at the heart of this extraordinary university, continuing to attract students, scholars, and community members to come inside to think, learn, dream, and create.

Make a secure, online gift to enhance Geisel Library today.

For further information, please contact Julie Sully, Director of Development, Library, at jsully@ucsd.edu or 858-822-4554.

Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative