Medical Center Library to Close April 1

UPDATE: we now have a page on our website with details for Medical Center users about how to get access to collections and services following the closure of MCL.


From Melissa Just, Director of the Biomedical Library:


Due to the current budget situation, the UCSD Libraries have had to make the difficult decision to close some library facilities. One of the affected facilities is the Medical Center Library (MCL), which will close on April 1st, 2011.  The administration of the Libraries regrets that we are having to resort to these measures.

On April 1st we will close the Medical Center Library facility and do the following:

  • Reassign MCL staff to positions in the Geisel or Biomedical Library
  • Cease clinical support services, including the services of the nursing librarian
  • Stop physical delivery of library items from UCSD to Hillcrest

In the weeks immediately following the closing, we will:

  • Review online clinical resources for renewal or cessation
  • Evaluate the physical collection and identify items to retain and relocate to other UCSD Libraries
  • Relocate computer workstations and other equipment to other UCSD Libraries

If you have questions about MCL’s closing, please feel free to contact me. Additional information about the overall Libraries budget situation can be found on the UCSD Libraries Budget News site at  The press release about the closure is here:

If you have concerns about the closing of MCL and its possible impacts and would like to share them with the Libraries, University, and/or Health Sciences administration, you may send them to:

Brian E. C. Schottlaender, The Audrey Geisel University Librarian:

David Brenner, Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences & Dean of the School of Medicine:

Suresh Subramani, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs:

Marye Anne Fox, Chancellor:


Melissa L. Just, MLIS, EdD, AHIP
Director, Biomedical Library
University of California, San Diego | 858.534.1200


More information will be forthcoming for Medical Center users about logistics for materials you have out currently, as well as additional closure-related notices as details become available.

(Originally posted March 10, updated March 28)

Categories: BML/Library Info Comments: 2

2 comments for “Medical Center Library to Close April 1”

On March 15, 2011, 9:59 AM Tari Gilbert said:

I am dismayed to hear this and fear that this decision will prove to be penny-wise and pound-foolish. Mary Wickline has been a tremendous resource for the Medical Center, particularly for nurses. She has been exemplary in guiding staff through oft-perceived daunting tasks that are necessary steps involved in nursing research. I am quite concerned about the fate of the Medical Center’s Magnet Journey with the loss of Mary’s dedication and calm guidance, especially about the impact this loss will have on nursing research and quality.
I understand that there may be the need to close the library, however if there is a way to maintain Mary’s position on the Hillcrest campus in some capacity, I believe that this will best serve the mission of UCSD.

On March 26, 2011, 2:15 AM Jeremiah Umble said:

What about all the new construction? That looks pretty expensive…

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