December 2, 2020

"Four UCSD Libraries to Close in Consolidation Move"

From a San Diego Union-Tribune by Pat Flynn:

Four University of California San Diego libraries, including that of the renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography, are slated to be closed and their collections consolidated into other campus libraries in a cost-cutting move.

“Scripps has a library that is 100-years old and recognized as the leading collection of oceanographic history and information in the world,” said Walter Munk, 93, former director of the Institute for Geophysics and Planetary Physics at Scripps and one of UCSD’s founding fathers.

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The Medical Center Library in Hillcrest will close Friday. The libraries at Scripps, the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies and the Center for Library Instruction and Computing Services will be closed as early as summer to deal with up to a $60 million cut in state funding UCSD is expecting to face as a result of Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal.

“Since 2008-09, we have already taken about $5 million in cuts,” said Brian Schottlaender, the university’s library director. “We have managed to take a series of small cuts — reduced hours in several of our libraries, consolidated service points, slowed down our digitization efforts.

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