Instructional and Research Facilities


Gerald J. Munoff, University Librarian
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Established in 1963 as one of the founding academic units on campus, the UC Irvine Libraries facilitate the creation and sharing of new knowledge in all disciplines across campus. The Libraries support the information needs of students, faculty, staff, and community members through the Libraries' Web site and at four library facilities: the Langson Library, the Science Library, and the Gateway Study Center on the UCI campus, and the Grunigen Medical Library in Orange.

The UCI Libraries have more than 2.3 million volumes and subscriptions to 28,500 journals in electronic and print formats. The Libraries also maintain a collection of 2.8 million microforms as well as more than 53,000 CD-ROMs, maps, videotapes, computer tapes, and audiocassettes.

The Libraries provide access to a growing number of licensed Web-based bibliographic and full-text resources, including electronic journals and books, reference works, and other useful subject resources. In addition, the MELVYL® Catalog and the California Digital Library, available via the UCI Libraries Web site ( connects users at UCI with the vast resources of the University of California library system. Expedited loans and digital desktop delivery services facilitate exchange of valuable research materials between UC libraries, and traditional interlibrary loan services open the scholarly resources of the world to our campus community.

ANTPAC (the Libraries' online catalog) provides information about books, periodicals, and other library materials at UCI. My ANTPAC provides a wide variety of personalized electronic services such as automatic customized searches of UCI holdings and online renewals of library materials. Document Delivery Service (DDS) is another popular personalized service for UCI faculty, graduate students, and administrative staff. Eligible DDS users may request delivery and pickup of UCI Libraries and Interlibrary Loan (ILL) books at no charge and may acquire photocopies with the use of a recharge account.

The UCI Libraries conduct an active instruction program to help researchers become familiar with rapidly changing information resources and technologies. More than 14,000 students attended training sessions last year. The program focuses on the development of lifelong skills in information discovery and use, including instruction on the expert use of scholarly resources related to specific academic disciplines, and a general orientation to the Libraries.

More than 450 desktop computers are available for general and scheduled use throughout the four library buildings. The Langson Library features a state-of-the-art Multimedia Resources Center (MRC at with multimedia production software and video equipment, a Technology-Enhanced Classroom (TEC) for hands-on learning, and a Student Communications Room dedicated to easy access to e-mail. The Science Library features the Interactive Learning Center (ILC at also with a computer laboratory, an instruction center, and a digital media production laboratory. The Grunigen Medical Library provides two computer technology facilities featuring an instructional laboratory and an Information Technology Center (ITC at

The Library Gateway Study Center, adjacent to the Langson Library, and the Science Library Study Center provide comfortable study space 24 hours a day during prefinals and finals weeks, and 20 hours a day during the quarter.

Reserve Services offers access to both electronic and print collateral reading materials that have been selected by the faculty. Reserve services for print materials are available at the Langson Library and the Science Library Loan Desks. Media reserve materials are located in the MRC and the ILC.

The Reference Desk on the first floor of the Langson Library provides research assistance and information on topics in the arts, humanities, social sciences, education, and business and management. Specialized resources for government information from international governmental agencies, U.S. federal agencies, the State of California, and Orange County are also located here. The first floor of the Langson Library also provides an area containing assistive technology and study aids for students supported through UCI's Disability Services Center. The Current Periodicals/Newspapers reading room on the second floor of the Langson Library houses current issues of humanities and social science journals, foreign and domestic newspapers, a variety of popular magazines for recreational reading, and back issues of newspapers and journals on microform. The Library Copy Center (third floor of the Langson Library) provides conveniently located copiers for patron use in all libraries (Langson, Science, and Grunigen Medical) or patrons may leave materials to be copied for a fee. A card system is used for photocopies and printing jobs from networked public work stations. Copy card dispensers are available in all libraries.

The Department of Special Collections and Archives holds the Libraries' non-circulating collections of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, pamphlets, and other materials notable for their age, value, fragility, provenance, or uniqueness. Contemporary materials are collected in selected subject areas in order to build and preserve specialized research collections. Important collections include: the Regional History and Literature Collection, emphasizing Orange County; the Critical Theory Archive, containing the papers of Jacques Derrida and other distinguished theorists; the Dance and Performing Arts Collections, highlighting the history of dance in Southern California; the personal papers of eminent UCI faculty members, including Nobel Laureate Frederick Reines; the René Wellek Collection of the History of Criticism; and the literary papers of notable authors such as Kenneth Millar (pseudonym Ross Macdonald), Kathleen Raine, and Donald Heiney (pseudonym MacDonald Harris). Other collections emphasize Thomas Mann, orchids and horticulture, British naval history, fine printing, and the book arts. Significant collections of small press poetry and political pamphlets are also held.

The University Archives is the official repository for records having permanent value in documenting the history of UCI, including publications, manuscripts, photographs, and other records of administrative and academic units, student organizations, and campus support groups.

The Southeast Asian Archive documents the experiences of post-1975 Cambodian, Hmong, Laotian, and Vietnamese refugees and immigrants. The archive includes materials relating to the exodus from the homeland, resettlement in the United States, community development, and history and culture of Southeast Asians in the U.S., with a special focus on Orange County and California. The archive contains materials in both Vietnamese and English, including books, dissertations and theses, refugee orientation materials, reports from government and private agencies, periodicals, newspaper clippings, audiovisual materials, and manuscripts.

The Science Library houses the science, medicine, and technology collections including material in the fields of astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, Earth system science, engineering, mathematics, medicine, and physics. The Science Library provides more than 2,000 individual study spaces, faculty and graduate reading rooms, more than 50 group study rooms, and an extended-hours study center. In the Reference Room on the second floor, expert staff is available for research assistance and consultation, and computer workstations provide access to a vast array of electronic journals, research databases, and other Internet resources.

Located at the UCI Medical Center in Orange, the Grunigen Medical Library serves the information and research needs of the Medical Center and supports the teaching activities of the College of Medicine. Its collection includes approximately 50,000 volumes and over 600 clinical serial subscriptions.


Network & Academic Computing Services (NACS) provides telephone, network, and computing services in support of research and education at UCI. NACS provides central computing services, computer laboratories, departmental and research-group support services, and campuswide technical coordination. The campus network infrastructure maintained by NACS provides connectivity on campus and to the Internet. Wireless and mobile wired network access is available in select areas of the campus as part of the UCInet Mobile Access project.

UCI's Electronic Educational Environment (EEE) is a campuswide collaboration including NACS, the Office of the Registrar, the UCI Libraries, and the Division of Undergraduate Education. As part of EEE, NACS provides Web-based course tools and resources for instructors and students including course Web site space, course mailing lists, and instructional technology training. NACS maintains the EEE Web site located at

NACS provides Educational Access (EA) accounts for all students, and E4E accounts for all faculty and staff. These accounts are provided for e-mail and Internet access.

Approximately 90 MS-Windows and Macintosh computers are available 24 hours a day in computer laboratories on the first floor of the Engineering Gateway building. All common Macintosh and MS-Windows applications are available, as well as certain mathematical software and statistics packages. Computer peripherals including scanners and printers are available. While school is in session, NACS student consultants are on duty in Room E1140 to provide assistance to those using the facilities.

An additional 96 Windows computers are located in the Multipurpose Science and Technology (MST) Building, and are available for drop-in use when not scheduled for classes. NACS also operates "NACS@HIB," a drop-in instructional laboratory in the Humanities Instructional Building. This laboratory has 30 Windows computers and is open to students of any major. Finally, NACS co-administers computer labs in the Langson Library, the ArtsTEC laboratory in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, and the Instructional Technology Center (ITC) in Social Sciences Tower.

NACS offers a variety of additional services. For more information see the NACS Web site at Offices are located in the Engineering Gateway Building, Room E2130, and in the University Research Park, 5201 California, Suite 150. The NACS Help Desk may be reached by sending electronic mail to or by calling (949) 824-2222.


The 60-acre UCI Ecological Preserve consists of several small hills and surrounding flatlands bearing remnants of coastal sage scrub flora and associated fauna. The Preserve is located on the campus and is set aside for teaching, research, and use by the campus community. Additional information is available from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; telephone (949) 824-6006. Publications and species lists are available at


The University of California manages and maintains a system of 34 Reserves that are representative of the State's habitat and geographic diversity. These serve as outdoor classrooms and laboratories for students, faculty, and staff, and are intended primarily for purposes of education and research. For further information about the Natural Reserve System, visit

UCI has primary responsibility for two Reserves: the San Joaquin Marsh Reserve and the Burns Piñon Ridge Reserve. Additional information is available from the Manager; telephone (949) 824-6031.

San Joaquin Marsh Reserve

The San Joaquin Marsh Reserve, one of the last remaining marshes in Southern California, is a 202-acre wetland adjacent to the UCI campus. The Marsh consists of a series of freshwater ponds and their attendant aquatic flora and fauna, and is especially known for its rich bird life, both resident and migratory. Researchers and observers have recorded 263 species of birds in the Reserve, a major stopping point on the Pacific Flyway. Periodic tours are conducted. For further information, visit sjfm.html.

Burns Piñon Ridge Reserve

The Burns Piñon Ridge Reserve is located near the town of Yucca Valley in San Bernardino County. It is a 306-acre parcel of high-desert habitat representing an ecotone between montane and desert biota, with mixtures of Joshua tree, piñon pine, and juniper woodland. The Reserve has a dormitory and research station, as well as primitive camping facilities, and is used primarily for overnight field trips and research by faculty and students from the School of Biological Sciences. For further information, visit


The UCI Arboretum is a botanical garden developed and managed by the School of Biological Sciences. It contains areas planted with floras adapted to climates similar to those of Southern California. The Arboretum maintains a large collection of plants native to Southern California and Baja California as well as African monocots. The Arboretum provides materials and space for research and teaching needs and its collections are also used as an educational resource for the community at large. Volunteers and other interested parties are encouraged to participate in Arboretum activities. The Arboretum is open to the public 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday; call (949) 824-5833 for additional information.


The Laser Microbeam and Medical Program (LAMMP) was established at UCI in 1979 as a national user facility providing a unique set of laser microbeam biotechnologies to individual researchers. LAMMP functions as a research, training, and service facility, and provides interaction between the laser industry and the academic biomedical optics community. LAMMP provides laser microbeam technologies for optical manipulation and functional imaging of living cells, and for developing noninvasive systems for monitoring and imaging physiology in living tissue. The program is conducted in the Beckman Laser Institute and is funded through the Biotechnology Resources Program of the National Institutes of Health. Additional information is available from the LAMMP coordinator at (949) 824-8367 and online at


UCI Medical Center, the only university hospital in Orange County, offers a full scope of acute- and general-care services including cancer, organ transplantation, pediatrics, neurosurgery, and trauma. Located in the City of Orange, 13 miles from the UCI campus, UCI Medical Center has more than 400 specialty and primary care physicians.

University Children's Hospital at UCI Medical Center is devoted to the care of children from before birth through adolescence. Perinatologists are available for the expert management of high-risk pregnancies, and UCI Medical Center has the most sophisticated neonatal unit in the county to care for critically ill newborns. The Medical Center houses a 24-hour emergency department and is designated as Orange County's only Level I Trauma Center--the most comprehensive for the treatment of life-threatening injuries. The Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center offers a full range of cancer therapies and research programs, including laser and radiation therapy, endoscopic ultrasound, and immunotherapy.

As part of its focus on family and preventive health, UCI Medical Center has five neighborhood health centers located throughout Orange County, including Anaheim, Irvine (on the UCI campus), Orange, Santa Ana, and Westminster.

UCI Medical Center also serves as the principal clinical facility for the College of Medicine's teaching and research programs. For additional information or to schedule an appointment, call toll free (877) UCI-DOCS or visit


In 1980 the University established occupational health centers in Northern and Southern California. The purposes of these Centers are (1) to train occupational health professionals, (2) to conduct research on occupational health issues, and (3) to provide clinical evaluation of the worker/patient for work-related disease. The Centers have strong ties to the University's Schools of Medicine and Public Health.

The Irvine Center is comprised of health professionals from UCI. Faculty research is concerned with identification of causal association between disease and occupational exposure as a basis for prevention of occupational disease and injury. The Center's primary areas are occupational medicine, toxicology, and epidemiology, and it also is concerned with the prevention of disease due to environmental exposures.

The Center houses a referral clinic, faculty and staff offices, and facilities for research and teaching in industrial hygiene and toxicology, a classroom, a library, and study space for residents in occupational medicine and other graduate students. For additional information, call the Center at (949) 824-8641.


Information about many other UCI research and instructional facilities and programs is available in the academic unit sections and the Research and Graduate Studies section of this Catalogue.

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