UC San Diego Library Tours

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

General Tour Information & Guidelines for All Tour Types

Library visitors are asked 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 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 registration). 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 for Summer, 2016:

From June 29 through September 15, tours are offered every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 10AM.

Scheduled Tours for Welcome Week, 2016:

Tours are offered on Tuesday, September 20 - Thursday, September 22 at 10AM and 2PM.

Geisel Library Tours for Non-UCSD Audiences

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

Academic-focused tours for school groups may be available for grades 8-12, but are subject to staff availability. We cannot accommodate groups larger than 45 on any single day. 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 limited to 15 participants. Meet your tour guide at Geisel Library’s Information Desk (near the entrance).

Walk-in tours for Summer, 2016:

From August 4 through September 1, tours are offered Thursdays at 2PM.

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

Tours conducted by subject librarians can be available during the week for UCSD classes, departments, and Visiting Scholars. UCSD 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), Geisel Library 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 an electronic version of the self-guided tour brochure). You can also direct any questions to staff at the Information Desk.

UCSD Walking & Bus Tours

Discover the history, art, and architecture of the UCSD 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 UCSD Visitors Tour Program and showcase the most notable features of the 1,200 acre campus.


Comments or Questions?

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Last revised: D. Tweedy, 7/21/16