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Monday, January 12 2004


And just when you thought you’d read every book in the library! In February, UCSD Libraries will celebrate the acquisition of volume number 3 million.

The Shepherd of Banbury’s Rules to Judge of the Changes of the Weather by John Claridge will be housed in Special Collections along with 250,000 other volumes and 38 million manuscripts. Published in London in 1744, the 64-page book contains folk wisdom about the weather.

“ A swarm of bees in May /
Is worth a load of hay;
A swarm of bees in June /
Is worth a silver spoon.”

Perhaps it’s not too appropriate for a May-gray day in La Jolla but it’s a valuable addition to Kenneth E. Hill’s meteorology collection donated by Dorothy V. Hill in late 2003. Hill, who died in 2001, was one of the library’s most generous donors, best known for his collection of books about early voyages of exploration and discovery in the Pacific, which he donated in 1974.

That year the libraries also celebrated their first million volumes when they acquired John Ogilby’s America; Being the Latest, and Most Accurate Description of the New World; London, 1671. Volume number 2 million, the Liber Chronicarum (or the Nuremberg Chronicle), Nuremberg, 1493, was added in February 1992. The current annual acquisitions budget for the UCSD Libraries is $7.6 million.


Celebrate UCSD Libraries three millionth volume! A fun, free reception for all. R.S.V.P. by 02.02.04 to Michelle Mittrach 858.534.1235 or

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