UC San Diego Library Tours

Geisel Library Tours

Named in honor of Audrey and Theodor Seuss Geisel, the Geisel Library building is a UC San Diego landmark. Tours showcase the artwork and architecture of the Geisel Library and offer an introduction to the history of the UC San Diego Library and the services the Library provides. Tours are approximately 30 minutes.

Walk-in Tours

Walk-in tours are offered throughout the year. No registration is necessary, but these tours are first come, first served and are limited to 15 participants. Meet your tour guide at the Information Desk (near the entrance of Geisel Library).

Walk-in tours begin at 11:00 am on the following Wednesdays during Summer 2014

  • June 18
  • July 9
  • July 30
  • August 13
  • August 27
  • September 10

Walk-in tours on the above dates are open to the community; we are only able to provide special tour requests to UCSD-affiliated programs due to limited resources.

If you are unable to take a walk-in tour, you can download a Self-Guided Tour brochure to make your visit to the Geisel Library more enjoyable. Printed brochures are also available at the Information Desk. Because floors 4–8 have been designated as quiet study areas, visitors are asked to remain on the 1st and 2nd floors of the building. Walk-in tours on specific dates are open to the public, but due to limited resources we can only accommodate special tour requests for UCSD-affiliated programs.

Please Note

Geisel Library is not open for tours of any kind (including self-guided tours) during the first week of fall quarter and the last 2 weeks of each quarter during the academic year. (See the UCSD Academic Calendar for specific dates.)

Walk-in and self-guided tours are intended to be general. Tours conducted by subject librarians are available for UC San Diego classes and departments. To arrange a tour for a specific class or department, UC San Diego faculty or staff members may contact the appropriate librarian directly.

Biomedical Library Building Tours

Those wishing to tour the Biomedical Library Building (BLB), please contact: m2young@ucsd.edu.

Visitors to the UC San Diego Library are requested to respect the needs of the campus community by minimizing interference, not blocking traffic, and keeping visits short.

UC San Diego Walking and Bus Tours Available Year-Round

Discover the history, art and architecture of UC San Diego campus—from world-famous buildings to historic eucalyptus groves and renowned public artwork. Free walking and bus tours are held year-round by the UC San Diego Visitors Tour Program and showcase the most notable features of the 1,200 acre campus.