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University of California Santa Barbara: Main Library

General Information

Facility: University of California at Santa Barbara Davidson Library
Address: UCSB Library, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93117
Phone: (805) 893-2478 or (805) 893-3133

About the library:

The main library for the University of California at Santa Barbara houses the majority of the university's library collections, including the main library collection, the map imagery lab, the curriculum lab, the special collections, and more.  Collections such as the Arts Collection and East Asian Collection are housed in the main library building.  See specific pages or Library Map for more information.

Special Note: As of May 2023 the Music library is still in a separate location in the Music Building, but plans are moving forward to move and combine it with the Art Collection currently housed in the Main Library. Please see website for more details.


Online Resources

Resources and Facilities

Minimal amounts of Japanese materials are available in several other libraries on the UCSB campus, including the following:

Summary of Collections

Collection size: as of January 2014 the Davidson Library's collection totalled more than 1.1 million items of which only about 900 are in Japanese. The Davidson Library's main collection focuses on supporting the academic departments at the University of California Santa Barbara that do not have independent library collections, and therefore is very interdisciplinary. Several notable collections, comprising over a third of the Davidson Library collection, are listed below.

Notable Collections:

  • Curriculum Lab: a resource center for materials intended for students grades K-12, this lab has instructional materials primarily collected for student teachers at UCSB.
  • Government Information Center: a collection of government documents, taken from agencies of the U.S., California, Santa Barbara City and County, foreign countries, international organizations, and the western states of the U.S. Use of the Interlibrary loan system is necessary to request government documents from this collection.
  • Map & Imagery Lab: a collection of maps, aerial photographs, and other types of remote sensing data and GIS data from around the globe, including 178 Japanese-language items.
  • Special Collections: the home to all the rare books and special collections at UCSB, this includes collections such as the American Religions Collection, California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives, Darwin/Evolution Collection, Rare Books and Printed Collections, University Archives, and more. For a full list of collections, please visit the Collections webpage. UCSB requests that any researchers please review the Visit Special Collections page before coming to UCSB, in order to avoid any inconvenience or delays.


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Notable Collections

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