Spring 2019

From the University Librarian

University Librarian, Lorelei Tanji

Dear Colleagues,

Springtime is often associated with growth, change, and renewal---and we have exciting news to share about new gifts, collections acquisitions, and major design improvements to our study areas!

A legendary figure in Orange County history is the Polish Shakespearean actress Helena Modjeska.  The Libraries have extensive archival collections that document her life and theatrical performances.  One of our most recent acquisitions is a unique hand-written and illustrated fairy tale book by Helena Modjeska, written for her grandson and  called, Titi, Nunu, and Klembolo.   We hope you will enjoy reading our article about how this book has been digitized and is viewable to users from around the world, and how we partnered with the Laguna Art Museum to display it in an exhibit (March 3-May 27, 2019).  This rare book truly reflects the artistry and storytelling prowess of Madame Modjeska.

Library study areas serve as important learning spaces for students, and we are always looking for new ways to improve and enhance them.   There have been some exciting new changes in all three libraries this spring. The Grunigen Medical Library Research Lounge is a new 24/7 study space with improved work stations, and access to the newly renovated Forest J. and Dolores S. Grunigen Study Room. The Research Lounge also features futuristic re-energizing nap pods!   In the Science Library, donations from last year’s Giving Day were used to fund several bike study work stations that support students’ health while they study.  And the generosity of Giving Day donors last year will also help us acquire the technology and furniture to create a future Collaboration Room on the first floor of Langson Library. 

Melvyl, a research tool that consolidates all University of California Libraries publications into one comprehensive catalogue, will be upgraded with a new look and feel on June 17. Melvyl will maintain the same functionality while improving the search experience.

We also hope you will enjoy reading about some of our past library events that engaged the campus and community.  And under “Upcoming Events,” we give you a preview list of some exciting events for the summer.  Hope to see you there!



Lorelei Tanji 
University Librarian


Carlin Motley


Sheree Baugh, Jolene Beiser, Stacy Brinkman, Gaby Camacho, Richard Cho, Samantha Hilton, Becky Imamoto, Cynthia Johnson, Carlin Motley, Wendi Morner, Derek Quezada, Kevin Ruminson, Brian Richard Williams, Ying Zhang


Jen Betonio, Allan Helmick, Sylvia Irving


Allan Helmick