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UCSD’s Claim to Fame: The Library

25 May 2010 No Comment

What’s New — By meaghanclark on May 8, 2010 at 12:33 pm

For University of California, San Diego alum one of their campus’ main talking points remains the central architecture piece on its La Jolla home. Built in the 1960s and named after famed children’s book author Theodore Geisel (otherwise known as Dr. Seuss) in 1995, the Geisel Library is a prized possession. Standing tall at 110 feet, it houses four of the nine campus libraries including the Arts Library and Mandeville Special Collections. Though essential for any student’s time at San Diego for its extensive book collection and study rooms, it has long been an international attraction not because of its essence or namesake but because of its resume. Geisel Library is a movie star.

Since construction was completed in 1970, the library (which was formally The University Library Building) has made a guest appearance in several film and television shows – the third Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, Killer Tomatoes Strike Back, used the library as its research lab; the series Veronica Mars used several UCSD landmarks in a November 2006 episode and Simon & Simon used the Geisel in its opening credits. Simon & Simon

Originally designed by William Pereira, its eight stories grosses over 176,000 square feet with a width of 248 feet. One of its more interesting features is that there is no third floor – though students have long thought up urban rumors as to this missing link, in reality the missing level is simply the outdoor complex where a statue honoring Dr. Suess lives.

Most recently, Spot Cool Stuff’s travel section named Geisel Library one of the world’s most amazing libraries – falling between international treasures like the Bibliothek des Rechtswissenschaftlichen Instituts in Zurich, Biblioteca Parque Espana in Medellin, Colombia and the Seattle Public Library in Washington.

[image from UCSD]

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