McHenry Library Addition Now Open

To: UCSC Community

From: Ginny Steel, University Librarian

After a successful move over Spring Break, McHenry Library reopened for business as planned on March 31st and is back on its normal school session schedule. The addition will be McHenry Library for the next phase, while the old building is renovated. During this period, while we are squeezed into half of our normal space with reconfigured facilities, we hope you will find the same high quality of service in this new setting. The complete McHenry expansion and renovation project will be finished in late 2009 or early 2010. It promises to provide our community with a splendid 21st century library, well worth these temporary inconveniences.

To celebrate this major milestone in updating and expanding the University Library, the Board of the Friends of the UCSC Library invites you to an open house and tours of the McHenry Addition on May 21, 5:30-7:00pm. There will be guided tours of the new building and its gardens, including the Mary Ackerknecht Reading Garden. Refreshments will be served.

If you have not already visited us in our new location, I invite you to come by and check out it out. Our new entrance can be found at the southwest corner of the Addition (the Performing Arts side). The north side of the old building has been fenced off and foot traffic from Bay Tree Plaza, Science Hill, and the Hahn parking lot is being routed around the construction site (via stairs and a boardwalk). The road and path from Performing Arts are open again and metered parking along with handicapped/medical parking, are again available closer to the library. For a map and more detailed access information see

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