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Library Services Available During the Campus Holiday Closure 2021

Building Hours

Geisel Library will close on Sunday, December 19 at 8 p.m. and the Biomedical Library Building will close on Wednesday, December 22 at 6 p.m. Both Library buildings will reopen Sunday, January 2, 2022 at 10 a.m.

See Library hours for current and future building hours.

Online Resources

Access to online Library resources should be unaffected during the holiday closure. UC San Diego students, faculty, and staff may access Library-licensed resources by accessing the campus VPN using the 2-step-secured allthruucsd setting.

Subject and Research Guides are available to help you navigate our online resources.


Borrowing requests submitted during the closure will be processed in the order received beginning January 3, 2022.

To obtain items prior to the closure, place requests for UC San Diego-owned items by Monday, December 20, 2021 for pickup of items at BLB or Campus Curbside pickup at the Gilman Parking Structure by December 21, 2021. Campus Curbside and BLB will be closed as of December 23, 2021. For pickup of items from Geisel Library before its December 19, 2021 (8 p.m.) closing, place requests by December 15, 2021.

Interlibrary Loan Requests

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) requests submitted during the closure will be processed in the order received beginning January 3, 2022.

Course Reserves

Instructors may continue to submit requests during the closure by logging into the Course Reserves system. Requests submitted after Wednesday, December 15, 2021 will be processed in the order received beginning January 2, 2022 and may not be available for student use until after winter quarter instruction has begun.

Winter quarter electronic reserves materials that have been processed will become available to students via the Course Reserves system beginning January 3, 2022.

Returning Items, including ILL

UC San Diego-owned items are not due for return during the closure. Check your library account in advance for due dates, and renew or return items, as appropriate.

Items may be returned at any time to the curbside return bins in the roundabout at the end of Hopkins Drive, just west of Geisel Library.

To locate the Library book return location on a map, go to UC San Diego Campus Map and search for 'book return.'

Renewing ILL Items

No items are due for return during the closure. To request renewal of an ILL item:

  • On My Library Account, go to the LOANS tab and choose the item to renew.
  • Click on the Renew link associated with the item.
  • If the Renew option doesn’t appear, this means the item is not available for renewal at that time. Contact about other available options.

Note: Renewal requests received during the closure will be processed beginning January 3, 2022.

Information & Research Assistance

Visit the Library's Ask Us portal for all your research assistance needs. Here you will find access to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), subject and research guides, 24/7 chat, and more. Please note:

  • From December 20-22, 2021 when Geisel Library is closed, UC San Diego reference librarians and Library employees can assist you by chat, phone, and email.
  • After December 22, 2021, limited information and research assistance is available through the Library's 24/7 online chat service, with questions answered by librarians from non-UC academic libraries. Questions referred to UC San Diego librarians for further response, along with questions submitted by email or phone, will start receiving replies on January 3, 2022.