San Diego: Libraries
The San Diego campus library had its beginnings
about 40 years before the campus's founding in the Scripps Institution
of Oceanography. By 1960, development had begun on a library to
support advanced graduate programs in science and engineering; two
years later the collection was expanded to include areas in the
humanities and social sciences.
Under the New Campuses Program established in
1962, 75,000 basic undergraduate library books were purchased in
triplicate for new campuses at San Diego, Santa Cruz, and Irvine.
As the first of the three to be established, the San Diego library
carried out the program. In addition, the book collection of the
medical school was begun in 1963.
By September, 1965, service at San Diego was provided
by four libraries: the General, the Science and Engineering, the
Biomedical, and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Libraries,
with total resources of 285,000 volumes, as well as 7,000 serial
publications regularly received. Growth rate for the book collections
was 80,000 volumes per year in the mid-1960's. As the only major
research libraries serving metropolitan San Diego, the libraries'
collections had heavy use by the community's students and scholars,
as well as other persons interested in serious study.
The library of the Scripps Institution of
Oceanography was one of the world's outstanding special libraries
in the fields of oceanography and marine biology. It received nearly
3,000 serial publications, including those of all of the world's
oceanographic research organizations. Its 50,000 volumes included
rare books on oceanography and sets of reports of major voyages
and expeditions. The Biomedical Library provided complete coverage
of current medical research publications of South and Central America.
The General Library's Special Collections Department included outstanding
collections devoted to D. H. Lawrence, Ernest Hemingway, William
Blake, and San Diego authors, as well as works on Baja California