The State of California Information Practices Act of 1977 (effective July 1, 1978) requires the University to provide the following information to individuals who are asked to supply information about themselves.
The University Library requests your information for the principal purpose of processing your application for library privileges. The California Public Records Act and the California Information Practices Act both recognize the need of the University to gather information to conduct business necessary to the administration of the University.
Furnishing specifically designated information is mandatory in order to obtain library privileges - failure to provide such information will delay or may even prevent completion of the action for which the library card application form is being filled out. The information on the application form may be shared with campus, University, State, and/or Federal agencies in accordance with applicable regulations, laws, or business needs.
Individuals have the right to review their own records in accordance with University personnel policy, collective bargaining agreements, and the California Information Practices Act.
Information on applicable policies and agreements can be obtained from the Chancellor’s Office, Academic Human Resources, or University of California Office of the President.
The Library requests the following information from its borrowers:
This information is required to obtain library privileges. The Library keeps this information confidential.
The Library notifies borrowers of this policy during the Library Card registration process.
UCOP Policy on Access to UC Library Collections by External Users
The Library provides the following services to all patrons:
The University Library of the University of California, Santa Cruz, serves the instruction and research objectives of University faculty, students, and staff. Our Borrowing Policies define the access level, privileges, and responsibilities of individuals who borrow or make use of the University Library collections and resources.
As a state-supported public institution, the University Library strives to make the materials in its collections as available as possible to the users in the community and state, while simultaneously fulfilling its primary obligation to the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) campus and the University of California (UC) system.
The borrowing area served by the University Library is defined as the state of California. With the exception of UC faculty, staff, students, and UCSC Summer Conference participants, individuals must be at least 18 years of age and present proof of California residency (ID or driver's license) to receive a library card.
Books, annuals, yearbooks, and non-serial government publications have varying loan rules for different patrons. Please refer to the "Loan Periods At-A-Glance" page.
Reserve items circulate to UCSC students, faculty, staff and concurrent students only.
Patrons who are not eligible for borrowing Reserve items, but who are auditing a UCSC class may check out Reserve items for that class if they have a letter from the instructor who put the material on reserve and they have obtained a "courtesy" card.
Reserve Item Loan Period
The loan period for items designated as reserves is determined by the instructor who placed the material on reserve. Reserve items may be loaned for one of the following time periods:
Reserve items must be returned to the Reserve Desk from which they were borrowed.
Instructors and teaching assistants who placed an item on reserve may request to borrow that item for a longer time period.
Reserve Item Renewals
Reserve items must be renewed in person at the Reserve Desk from which they were borrowed. Reserve items may not be renewed by phone or online.
Reserve Item Bookings (Holds)
End of the quarter holds may be placed in person at the Public Service Desk.
Reserve holds are not accepted by telephone or via the online library system.
For further information, please refer to Course Reserves
Current UCSC students, faculty, and staff may borrow Dell laptops and Chromebooks from the Science & Engineering Library Circulation Desk and the McHenry Library Circulation Desk. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis. They may be reserved one day in advance. One laptop per person may be checked out.
Protect Collection materials circulate to any patron with a current library card .
The loan periods vary from 2 hours to 21 days, depending on the item.
Items designated as part of the Protect Collection must be returned to the library desk from which they were borrowed.
Protect Collection Renewals
Material that circulates for 2 hours, 1 day and 3 days may be renewed in person at the Protect Collection unit from which it was borrowed.
Material that circulates for 21 days may be renewed via the online library system, by telephone, or in person at the library desk at the Protect Collection unit from which it was borrowed.
Protect Collection Holds
A hold may be placed at any time for Protect items that are checked out.
The video game collection, which is housed in the Science & Engineering Library, has over 700 games available for check-out, as well as approximately 40 consoles. The materials circulate to UCSC Faculty, Staff, and Students.
The library has a Video Gaming Lab with a selection of both new and old school consoles to play. The keys to use the game lab can be checked out at the Circulation Desk. You can find a list of games and consoles in Library Search. Items listed as "S&E GAME ROOM" are library use only.
PLEASE NOTE: checking consoles in and out takes some time; please be aware that the circulation desk closes 15 minutes before the building closes. Leave plenty of time for this transaction.
Games & consoles are subject to fines at full replacement costs.
For more information, please refer to the Video Games Collection page.
Special Collections and archival material do not circulate but are available for research in the Special Collections reading room. Special conditions for use and handling of material, which are posted in the Special Collections unit, must be followed.
For more information, refer to the webpage: Special Collections & Archives
Please return Media items on time; there is no grace period on these collections. Items returned late are subject to late charges in accordance with the University Library Lending Code. Please do not return items via campus or US Mail. Items are checked in on the date received by the Media Desk and late fees will not be waived because of delivery delays.
Media Collection Renewals
For more information, please refer to the webpage: Media Desk.