July 8, 2004
Expansion And Renovation Of UCSD's Biomedical Library
Slated To Begin With July 20 Groundbreaking Ceremony
By Pat JaCoby
ceremony to mark the start of the $17.7 million renovation and
expansion of the Biomedical Library at the University of California,
San Diego, will be held at 10 a.m. July 20 on the School of
Edward W. Holmes,
vice chancellor of Health Sciences and dean of the School of
Medicine, and Kenneth Olson, chairman of the University Librarian’s
Advisory Board, will be guest speakers. David Miller, acting
senior vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, and Brian E.C.
Schottlaender, university librarian, will serve as co-hosts
for the ceremony. A reception for community representatives
Biomedical Library plays an essential role in supporting the
university’s clinicians, researchers and students,”
said Marsha Chandler, UCSD’s acting chancellor. “As
the only research biomedical library in San Diego County, it
is also an indispensable resource to the region’s dynamic
biotechnology and life sciences communities, as well as area
physicians. This renovation will greatly enhance the library’s
ability to meet the growing needs of both our campus and external
construction of the 51,098 square-foot project is slated to
begin in the fall, with completion of the renovation/expansion
anticipated for mid-2006.
the current Biomedical Library collection and services will
move into temporary quarters in Geisel Library. The Biomedical
Library’s collection will be housed in compact shelving
in the west wing of the lower level, with the service desk,
computers and current journals located nearby.
Also scheduled for
relocation during the construction period is the adjoining School
of Medicine Administration Office. Some 40 staff members, including
Vice Chancellor Holmes and his administrative team, will move
into the recently completed UCSD Campus Multipurpose Building
on Russell Lane at the end of August and remain there until
work on the Biomedical Library is completed. The move is necessary
because of the significant noise and facility disruption that
will be generated by the library renovation project.
The existing library,
built in 1969 to serve 800 users, is 27,764 square feet. The
expansion will nearly double the size of the library, adding
23,334 square feet, so that services to more than 4,000 students,
faculty and visitors can be provided.
Built in the days
of card catalogues, printed indexes and individual study, the
current building will be updated and enlarged as a showcase
of new technologies. The project will provide:
- Well designed space
to house UCSD’s biomedical collections.
- Technology to support
active use of biomedical information.
- A variety of environments
that facilitate both quiet reflection and active group study.
- Enhanced access
with both north and south entries.
- Flexible design
that will support biomedical information needs for years to
present building has a unique and distinctive roof shape consisting
of a series of poured concrete hyperbolic parabolas which were
integrated into the new two-story structure by the architectural
firm of Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates. The general contractor
for the project is McCarthy Building Companies.
Public funding for
the project totals $17 million. Efforts to raise an additional
$11 million in private funds to furnish and equip the new library
and endow its collections is currently underway as part of UCSD’s
capital campaign, “Imagine What’s Next.”
With more than 3 million
volumes and 12,600 digital and electronic publications in their
collections, UCSD Libraries comprise the largest research library
system south of Los Angeles. In 2003, more than 2 million users—from
scholars and students to business professionals and physicians—patronized
one of UCSD’s 11 libraries to take advantage of their
Dolores Davies, (858) 534-5994 or Pat
JaCoby, (858) 534-7404