Audrey's Café in Geisel Library is one of the many enhancements planned for the university's flagship building over the next few years, thanks to a $3 million gift made by Audrey Geisel in July 2015. Her generous donation is the lead gift in the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative, a major endeavor aimed at transforming and rejuvenating the interior public spaces of the Library to meet the ever changing needs of students, faculty, and other Library users, in an increasingly digital environment. The goal is simple. Renovate and enhance the interior spaces of Geisel so they are as amazing and innovative as the building's stellar mid-century architecture, completed by William Pereira in 1970.
Audrey's, located in the north end of the building’s most heavily used study area— which houses the Library's overnight study commons—is approximately 3,000 square feet, and includes an adjoining lounge. The café provides seating for between 50 and 75 patrons, and includes a to-go counter. While café hours may change slightly in response to demand, Audrey’s will initially be open daily, from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Monday to Thursday, with shorter hours over the weekend. The café will stay open until midnight during Finals week and other crunch times.
While inspired in part by the whimsy of Dr. Seuss, Audrey's color palette reflects the colors—shades of yellow, orange, and blue—depicted in the bold art installation, Read, Write, Think, Dream, which greets patrons as they enter the Geisel Library building. The installation was created by artist John Baldessari, and is part of the Stuart Collection, UC San Diego’s renowned site-specific collection of public art.
The café is operated by the university’s Sports Facilities (part of Student Affairs), which manages the Peet’s Coffee & Tea near RIMAC, in the north part of campus. Coffee and tea are supplied by the award-winning Café Virtuoso, an independent roaster based in Barrio Logan, known for its environmentally sustainable products, including certified organic and fair trade coffee and tea. Its certified organic coffees have scored in the low- to mid-90s from coffee assessor CoffeeReview.com—placing them among the best independent coffee roasters in the nation. Bread & Cie, the first artisan bread bakery in San Diego, provides European-style pastries and other breakfast items. Audrey's also offers salads and sandwiches.
In addition to the café, the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative includes a wide range of new technology enhancements, as well as new furniture, carpeting and finishes. While Audrey Geisel's generous gift supports the revitalization of the main (2nd floor) public spaces, additional funds are needed to support renovation efforts in the public spaces on the 1st and 8th floors of the building. For further information about the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative and how you can help support efforts to enhance this iconic building, please contact Julie Sully, Director of Development for the Library, at email@example.com or 858-822-4554, or visit: http://library.ucsd.edu/give/giving-opportunities/gl-revitalization-initiative/.
Like the UC San Diego campus, the Library embraces sustainability practices and processes at all levels. Audrey’s reflects this commitment from the sustainable materials used in construction and the local, organic, fair trade food and drink to eco-friendly packaging and recycling of materials.
The Library also encourages and supports sustainable practices among its staff, and has established an Environmental Sustainability Group to monitor and advise Library leadership on sustainability issues. We have actively encouraged bicycling and alternative forms of transportation, and house a bike bunker where employees can store their bicycles.