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Faced with another $3 million in budget cuts for 2011/2012, the UC San Diego’s libraries division is preparing to shutter four of the six libraries on campus that it operates. Since the 2008/2009 school year, the library budget has already been cut $5 million, or by about 16% based on total funding.

Already closed or soon to be closing are the Center for Library & Instructional Computing Services, the International Relations & Pacific Studies Library, the Medical Center Library, and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Science & Engineering libraries.

As a result of the closure, as many as 150,000 books and journals will be moved offsite, with a large portion sold off or donated. The cuts amount to about 4% of the university’s 3.5 million volume collection. More inventory could be discarded as employees check availability of titles in other locations and eliminate duplicate stock, even if it means some titles sought by UCSD students might have to be requested and shipped from another school or from a central UC storage facility.

Much of the material that’s already been removed from the location has gone through the campus’ Surplus Sales department, according to a California Watch report. From there, 48 pallets of material deemed to be of a low value have been donated to Better World Books, a for-profit company from Alpharetta, Georgia that donates about seven percent of revenue from re-selling the donated material to literacy partners.

Remaining books will be relocated to the Geisel Library or Biomedical Library, the two in the system remaining open. The two surviving facilities will retain 340,840 square feet for storage, study, and instructional space.

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