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Tools: Happenings Boxes

"Happenings" Box on the LibGuides Homepage

This page includes reusable "Happenings" boxes for the LibGuides Homepage. 

Our procedures for these boxes are as follows:

  • The target audience for the boxes is UCSB students.
    • Undergrads and new students are the primary audiences.
    • Graduate students are the secondary audiences.
  • Only ONE of these boxes will appear on the LibGuides homepage at a time.
  • Box content will rotate; approximately every two weeks.
    • If box content is time sensitive, a box will only remain up while relevant. 
  • Boxes will be visual with very little text.  Details are given through links to library webpages or to specific LibGuides.
  • When two events are happening at the same time, priority will be given to those that will appeal to a general undergraduate audience.
    • If a carousel box is used to advertise more than one event or service, max number will be capped at 4.
  • For most events, boxes can run the week before & week of event or workshop
    • Exceptions may include: LAUR, UCSB Reads, etc.
  • To suggest a topic for a "Happenings" boxes, contact Annie or Mary-Michelle.

Please provide:

  • Square image. Image height = 300 px
  • Suggested text - 50-100 words
  • 1-3 links to additional information
  • Relevant dates/when to take down
    • We cannot guarantee that it will up for the entire relevant period

Possible Topics

Library Happenings

  • Week of Welcome - Fall
  • UCSB Reads - Winter and Spring
  • Pacific Views Lectures - 1 per quarter
  • Exhibit Openings - Varies
  • Open Access Week - October [needs link]
  • Open Ed Week - March [needs link]
  • Library Award for Undergraduate Research - Winter & Spring [box is on LAUR tab]
  • Self-Guided Tour / Escape the Library - Beginning of Each Quarter
  • Digital Exhibitions


  • Zotero Workshops
  • Carpentry Workshops

Library Services (Filler unless a new service)

  • Interlibrary Loan
  • Group Study Rooms
  • Research Consultations
  • Special Collections Research Reservations


AY 22-23

Week Fall Winter Spring Summer
0 Week of Welcome (9/28-10/9) - MMM      
1 Week of Welcome (9/28-10/9) - MMM (1/4-1/10)    
2 Pickup and Mailing Service (10/12-10/16) (1/11-1/17)    
3 Open Access Week (10/19-10/26) - MMM (1/18-1/24)    
4 Zotero Workshop (10/27-11/1)   (1/25-1/31)    
5 (11/2-11/8) (2/1-2/7)    
6 (11/9-11/15) (2/8-2/14)    
7 (11/16-11/22) (2/15-2/21)    
8 (11/23-11/29) (2/22-2/2/8)    
9 (11/30-12/6) Open Ed Week (3/1-3/7)    
10 (12/7-12/13) 3/8-3/14)    
Finals (12/14-12/20) (3/15-21)    


Welcome to UCSB!

Welcome to UCSB! We've created a fun exercise to introduce you to what the library has to offer. 

Complete our virtual escape room solo or with a group of up to four people.

Click on the link below to begin.

UCSB Library at Night. Exterior of Paseo West Entrance.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan can provide articles and book chapters from other libraries delivered electronically.

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Digital Exhibitions

Our Digital Exhibitions cover a wide range of topics.

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UCSB Reads Book Giveaway

Students living on or near campus will have the option to pick up a free copy of the UCSB Reads 2021 book from UCSB Bookstore daily January 11th - January 15th during the window walk up hours 11AM to 1pm while supplies last. The 2021 selection is When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Cullors and asha bandele.

UCSB Reads book cover

UCSB Reads 2023 Shortlist Announced

Vote for your top pick for 2023's UCSB Reads by August 7! Read more about the UCSB Reads program and see the selected shortlist on our News page.

UCSB Reads sneak peek annoucement over the spines of the shortlisted books



Learn About the UCSB Library!

exterior night image of UCSB Library

Escape the Library! A Virtual Escape Room

Work through a series of interrelated puzzles to escape from the Library after you've mysteriously been trapped inside after closing.

Exterior daytime image of UCSB Library with people entering the building

UCSB Library Self-Guided Tour

Learn more about the library's physical spaces and basic services by using the UCSB Library Self-Guided Tour. It's optimized for use on your phone and takes about 20 minutes if you walk through the building.

Open Access Week

Join us in celebrating Open Access Week (OA Week).

Several UC Campuses are hosting virtual events this week, see a list of activities here.

A selection of OA Resources, services, and events at UCSB include:

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Open Education Week

To celebrate this year's Open Education Week, the 2020 Open Education Conference has released recordings from the conference’s more than 250 sessions.

Read about how Prof. Gabriel Ménard uses an OpenStax Chemistry textbook in his Chem 25 class, and how this benefited his students on our UCSB Library News page.

Our library's Open Educational Resource (OER) expert recommends these three previously-recorded sessions to learn more about OER and Open Ed. 

Open Ed Week 2021

Library Award for Undergraduate Research

Enter your research for a chance to win $750!  Learn more.

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UCSB Reads 2021

Join us for this year's UCSB Reads program.

UCSB Reads book giveaway

Open Access Week 2021

Text on colorful background Open Access Week 2021

This year's theme for Open Access (OA) Week is “It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity.” This research guide highlights the wide variety of OA initiatives being developed across the world by region.

Self-Guided Tour

UCSB Library Self Guided Mobile Tour link on phone

Learn more about the library's physical spaces and basic services by using the UCSB Library Self-Guided Tour. It's optimized for use on your phone and takes about 20 minutes if you walk through the building.




Pacific Views Lecture Series

The Pacific Views: Library Speaker Series is an opportunity for UCSB faculty and graduate students from diverse disciplines to speak about their current research, publications, or creative work.

Pacific Views logo


Zotero Workshops for Graduate Students

Attend a Zotero workshop to learn how to manage your bibliography and citations:  October 21, 28, & 29.

signposts with Zotero on a right-pointing arrow in red

Deep Dish with the University Librarian

You are invited to our next Deep Dish with the University Librarian.

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Update your Google Scholar settings! UC eLinks is now Get it at UC

Google Scholar search bar with "Did you know that you can use Google Scholar to access full text resources through UCSB Library? superimposed over it

New and existing Google Scholar users will need to add Get it at UC as a Library Link to their Google Scholar settings for full-text access to materials and to easily request items through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) using their UCSB NetID and Password.

First time connecting Google Scholar to UC Library Search? Use this brief video to see how to connect to UCSB Library full-text resources.

Virtual Reality & Pop-Up Makerspace Experience

Decorative image against dark blue background, VR headset, thread, hands, and a sewing machine

Come to room 1575 in the UCSB Library for a virtual reality and pop-up makerspace experience: 

  • Monday 9/19, 11am-1pm
  • Thursday 9/22, 2pm-4pm
  • Friday 9/23, 1pm-3pm

Join in the fun with food, giveaways, and a chance to win some Amazon gift cards.

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