UC San Diego Library Collections

By providing access to more than 7 million digital and print volumes, journals, microforms and multimedia materials, the UC San Diego Library directly supports the research and instructional needs of the university and serves as a portal to culture and discovery.

Special Collections

The Library Special Collections house a wide range of rare books, manuscripts, periodicals, maps, photographs, artworks, films, sound recordings, archives, and digital files. This includes the Dr. Seuss collection and the UC San Diego and Scripps Institution of Oceanography Archives.

Digital Collections

More than 50,000 images, documents, video and audio recordings, and research data sets have been digitized and made available to support scholarship, teaching and learning. Content has been drawn from primary source materials from across the Library's collections, as well as data generated by campus researchers.

Collections of Distinction

Over the years, the Library has built distinctive collections to support UC San Diego's unique areas of research emphasis, including Melanesian and Pacific Island Studies and Oceanography.

Collections by Subject

Created by our subject librarians, the Library's Research Guides highlight the collections and key resources for everything from aerospace engineering to urban studies and planning.

Books (Print and Online)

The UCSD Library has more than 4 million print and online books, as well as access to millions more through other libraries via interlibrary loan. Use Roger to search our collections, Circuit for the San Diego university and public libraries, or Melvyl for the UC Libraries and beyond.

Articles, Journals, Magazines, and Newspapers (Databases and Ejournals)

The Library subscribes to thousands of journals, as well as hundreds of online databases that index articles (some full text) in all disciplines. To see if we subscribe to a particular journal, magazine, or newspaper, try Roger or our Ejournal Locator.

Audio and Video (Media)

The Library's rich media collections in music, film and video, and visual arts support the curricular strengths with the UC San Diego arts and humanities programs

Maps and Government Documents

The Library provides access to a wide range of government information from local to international, as well as maps and GIS resources.


eScholarship is the University of California's digital repository of openly access, UC-authored books, articles, working papers, theses and dissertations, and other documents.