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Click the boxes next to resource type to limit your search results to articles, books, and many other formats.

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Recommend a Purchase

Didn't find or can't access the book you need?

The Library will work with you to get materials you need for your research and teaching while the library buildings are closed. Submit a purchase request to tell us what you need. The library will look for an eBook to license to support your research or teaching needs.

Gifts & Donations

General Collection
The University Library has long appreciated gift materials from individuals and organizations. However, due to space constraints and the high cost of reviewing and processing donated materials, we no longer accept most donations of books and other materials for the general collection.

Rare & Archival Material
The Library does appreciate the offer of rare collections or archival materials. If you feel that your collection may have unusual value for the library, you are welcome to contact the Special Collections & Archives.

What to Do with Other Material

Materials such as unbound magazines, journals or newspapers can be recycled via either the UCSC campus recycling program or the Santa Cruz City recycling program. 

Monetary Gifts
The library also welcomes monetary gifts to support its collections, programs and facilities. Learn more about giving to the library.

General Collection at the University Library

The two library buildings on campus are McHenry Library and the Science & Engineering Library. Our collections include books, journals, newspapers, maps, government documents, multimedia, digital resources, and sound recordings.

We make materials available in multiple formats to support the University's research and instructional programs. The primary emphasis for the library's circulating collection is on making the materials needed for research and instruction available for use by our primary user community (faculty, students, and staff) at their moment of need.