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University of California Santa Cruz

1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064

The University of California, Santa Cruz (also known as UC Santa Cruz or UCSC), is one of 10 campuses in the University of California system. Located 75 miles south of San Francisco at the edge of the coastal community of Santa Cruz, the campus lies on 2,001 acres of rolling, forested hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Monterey Bay. Founded in 1965, UC Santa Cruz is considered a Public Ivy institution.

The university offers 63 undergraduate majors and 35 minors, with graduate programs in 33 fields. Popular undergraduate majors include Art, Business Management Economics, Molecular and Cell Biology, and Psychology. Interdisciplinary programs, such as Computational Media, Feminist Studies, Environmental Studies, Visual Studies, Digital Arts and New Media, Critical Race & Ethnic Studies, and the prestigious History of Consciousness Department are also hosted alongside UCSC's more traditional academic departments.

Notable alumni include steampunk author Gail Carriger, mystery author Steve Martini, and Star Trek writer/producer Brannon Braga.

Library access: The McHenry Library houses UCSC's arts and letters collection, with most of the scientific reading at the newer Science and Engineering Library. The McHenry Special Collections Library includes the archives of Robert A. Heinlein, the papers of Anaïs Nin, the papers and drawings of Beat poet Kenneth Patchen, the largest collection of Edward Weston photographs in the country, the mycology book collection of composer John Cage, a large collection of works by Satyajit Ray, the Hayden White collection of 16th-century Italian printing, a photography collection with nearly half a million items, and the Mary Lea Shane Archive. The latter contains an extensive collection of photographs, letters, and other documents related to Lick Observatory dating back to 1870. In 2008, UCSC agreed to house the Grateful Dead archives at the McHenry Library.

Library buildings are open to the public. Free library cards are available for UC alumni association members, California public school employees, retired UC employees, and faculty and librarians of other accredited colleges and universities. Other members of the general public can obtain a library card by joining Friends of the UCSC Library. The cost is $50 per year.

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