UC San Diego Library Tours

Named in honor of Audrey and Theodor Seuss Geisel, the Geisel Library building is a UC San Diego landmark.


General Tour Information & Guidelines for All Tour Types


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. Tour groups are restricted to the 1st and 2nd floors of the building. Floors 4–8 are designated for quiet study.

  • For groups of individuals under age 18, one chaperone must be present for every fifteen students/children and must stay with the group at all times.
  • Staffing does not accommodate tours on weekends.
  • A minimum of 3 days advance notice is required.
  • No tours (scheduled or walk-in) are permitted during the first week of the fall quarter and the last two weeks of each quarter during the academic year (see the campus calendar for details).

See visitor parking information and maps and directions.


Geisel Library Tours for Current & Incoming UCSD Students and their Families & Other UCSD Affiliates


Tours for UCSD student audiences can be scheduled on selected weekdays and times each month (see request form for details). These tours showcase the wide variety of study spaces, library collections, technologies, equipment, and amenities offered within Geisel Library and offer an introduction to the many services its staff provide. Services and spaces offered in the nearby Biomedical Library Building are also mentioned. Tours are approximately 45-60 minutes.

Scheduled tours available on the following days and times during the summer of 2015. Available times will change each academic term.

  • Thursday May 14th at 2pm
  • Thursday May 21st at 2 pm
  • Thursday May 28th at 2 pm
  • Tuesday June 30th at 10 am
  • Tuesday July 7th at 10 am
  • Tuesday July 14th at 10 am
  • Tuesday July 21st at 10 am
  • Tuesday July 28th at 10 am
  • Tuesday August 4th at 10 am
  • Tuesday August 11th at 10 am
  • Tuesday August 18th at 10 am
  • Tuesday August 25th at 10 am
  • Tuesday, September 1st 10 am

Geisel Library Tours for Non-UCSD Students


Tours for non-UCSD student audiences can be scheduled on selected weekdays and times each month (see request form for details). These tours showcase the artwork and architecture of Geisel Library and offer an introduction to the history of the UC San Diego Library and selected services its staff provide. Tours are approximately 30-45 minutes.

Tours for school groups may be available for grades 8-12, but are subject to staff availability. Note that we cannot accommodate groups larger than 45 on any single day. Academic-focused tours for non-affiliates can be arranged for middle and high school students. These 45-60 minute tours are intended to inspire students to attend college or to understand the university environment and experience. They focus more on the role of the library in the academic life of students than on the library’s art and architecture.

Walk-in tours are also offered throughout the year. These tours are open to both students and non-students, but focus on the artwork and architecture of Geisel Library, rather than on services to UCSD students. No registration is necessary, but these tours are first come, first served and are limited to 15 participants. Meet your tour guide at Geisel Library’s Information Desk (near the entrance).

Walk-in tours are available on the following days and times during the summer of 2015. Available times will change each academic term.

  • Wednesday July 1st at 1 pm
  • Wednesday July 8th at 1 pm
  • Wednesday July 15th at 1 pm
  • Wednesday July 22nd at 1 pm
  • Wednesday July 29th at 1 pm
  • Wednesday August 5th at 2 pm
  • Wednesday August 12th at 2 pm
  • Wednesday August 19th at 2 pm
  • Wednesday August 26th at 2 pm
  • Wednesday Sept. 2nd at 2 pm

Subject, Discipline, or Course-Specific Tours (also for Visiting Scholars)


Tours conducted by subject librarians can be available during the week for UC San Diego classes, departments, and Visiting Scholars. UC San Diego faculty or staff may contact the appropriate librarian directly to arrange such a tour.


Biomedical Library Building Tours


Tours of the Biomedical Library Building (BLB) may be available for scholars with research interests related to health sciences. Contact the appropriate librarian directly or Dorthea Stewart at dsstewart@ucsd.edu for details and arrangements.


Geisel Self-Guided Tours & Visitation


Excluding the first week of the fall quarter and the last two weeks of each quarter during the academic year (see the campus calendar for details), the Geisel Library building is open to the public, and visitors are welcome to explore the building’s 1st and 2nd Floors. Floors 4-8 are designated for quiet study and are not open to the public. Stop at the Information Desk for a printed copy of our self-guided tour brochure (or download a copy here). You can also direct any questions to staff at the Information Desk.


UC San Diego Walking & Bus Tours


Discover the history, art, and architecture of the UC San Diego campus — from world-famous buildings to historic eucalyptus groves and renowned public artwork. Free walking, bus, and green building 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.


Comments or Questions?


Send questions, comments, and suggestions to LearningSpaces@ucsd.edu.


Last revised: K. Goodson 1/30/15