Scripps Institution of Oceanography Library Consolidation & Closure Information

The Scripps Institution of Oceanography Library building, on the SIO campus, closed on June 29, 2012. As a result, the Scripps Library book/journal collections have been consolidated into the Geisel Library.  Scripps Archives and special collections from Scripps Library, will remain on the third floor of the Eckart Building; use of those collections is by appointment only.

Though Scripps Institution of Oceanography loses a library facility on campus, the UC San Diego Library remains committed to support­ing Scripps faculty, staff and students, and continues to develop electronic and print collections to support the Institution’s academic mission.  Research and curriculum support services also continue to be available, by appointment.  Please see information and contacts listed below.

Scripps Library Collections

Scripps Library book (monographs) and journal collections have been consolidated into the Geisel Library.  All held materials remain searchable within the Roger and Melvyl catalogs.  For more information on requesting collection items to be delivered to SIO for you, please see the Requesting Items from the Scripps Library Collection page.

The Scripps Archives and Library Annex will include the Scripps Archives, rare books/serials, scientific expedition reports, and other special collections, including the Hubbs library and ocean charts. For appointment for use, see

Library Consultations, Instruction, and Research Assistance

The Marine and Earth Sciences Librarian, Amy Butros, will continue to provide research and curricular support for Scripps faculty, staff, and students. Amy will be available, by appointment, for consultations at an office in the Scripps Administrative Building (behind the old Snackropolis cafe).

Contact information for appointments:

Course Reserves

Online library course reserves support for Scripps classes will continue with processing handled by staff within Geisel. Undergraduate students will check out print reserves books at the Geisel Library circulation desk.  For print course reserves for graduate student courses, please contact the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Department Graduate Student Office:  

Other Library Services

All library materials checked out by non-Scripps patrons should now be returned to either the Geisel Library or Biomedical Library buildings or to the drive-up book returns located off of Hopkins Lane.

Additional study space and is located within the Geisel and Biomedical Libraries and online reservations can be made for the group study rooms.  If you are a Scripps Graduate Student, please contact the Scripps Department Graduate Office for a listing of study spaces on the Scripps Institution of Oceanography campus.