Hitting the Books: A Graduate Guide to the Addlestone Library

Ready to hit the books this semester? Hitting the Books series is our three-part series detailing the various study locations and resources available to graduate students on and around campus at UCSC. This edition will detail the College’s Marlene & Nathan Addlestone Library.

Addlestone Library is located at our Downtown campus at the corner of Calhoun & Coming Streets. The mission of the Addlestone Library is “to make available a comprehensive collection of scholarly materials and library services congruent with the institution’s present and anticipated instructional and research requirements”. Boasting three floors of study space, computing areas, book stacks, and special exhibits, the Addlestone Library is your one-stop-shop for all things studying and research!

Graduate Student Services

Graduate Student Services at the library are varied and vast. Librarians are available for research consultations by appointment, which allows students to meet with a librarian of their choice, or with the librarian assigned to their school (i.e. School of Business, School of Science & Mathematics, School of Humanities & Social Sciences, etc.). This extends to off-campus libraries like the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture and the Marine Resources Library at Grice Marine Laboratory.

As a Graduate student, loan periods for library books are extended: 8 weeks with two renewals. This applies to any books from the CofC Stacks located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the library. Just be sure to identify yourself as a graduate student when you initially check out the materials.

Graduate Study Room – Room 326

On the third floor of the library is the Graduate Study Room. Accessed via a keypad using a code, this room is for use by CofC graduate students only. The Graduate Student Association (GSA) distributes the code to CofC graduate students and ensures proper use of the room.

General study space is available on all three floors of the library, with collaborative study rooms available for reservation. There is also a Mac and PC computer lab available for use on the 1st floor of the library, where printing can be accomplished. Each student gets 300 free pages of printing per semester.

Virtual Services for COVID-19

There are many virtual services available for graduate students during COVID-19. Research consultations can take place virtually, as well as the continued access to the online liaisons, research guides, and databases. Circulation and reserves has also become virtual, so students can have contactless check-outs and returns of library books. Appointments can be made through the library’s website, where students can input what materials they are looking to check out (this includes books, DVDs, and laptops as they are available) and schedule a time to pick them up outside the library. Returns can be made using the drop boxes outside the library.

Library Student Ambassadors (LSA)

The Library Student Ambassadors is a student user working group that engages in conversation about CofC libraries, promotes library resources to fellow students, and helps to shape the student library experience. The group meets biweekly to discuss library resources, services, mission, and other library topics. If a student is interested in engaging their fellow students on library topics and looking to help improve library services and experiences, they can apply to the LSA. The LSA is also on Instagram @cofc.lsa.

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