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COVID-19: Library Services Available

Spring Quarter

The Biomedical Library Building has re-opened as a socially-distanced student study space during designated hours.  Geisel Library remains closed until further notice.

Learn more about services available at the Library during the COVID-19 response:

For general assistance, please call (858) 534-0134 (Monday-Friday, 9am–4pm) or visit our help center.

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Campus Community

Services available to the campus community during the COVID-19 response:

  • Borrowing: Use Curbside Pickup to borrow many physical Library materials through contactless walk/drive/bike-up service. Renew Library materials online in My Library Account or submit a billing appeal form online. Current faculty, staff and students from other UCs residing in the San Diego area are eligible for borrowing privileges at the UC San Diego Library. Direct any questions about renewals, billing, or borrowing to
  • Research Assistance: Users can get real-time online research assistance through our 24/7 online chat service, ask questions via email, or schedule a consultation with a subject specialist. Please note that the 24/7 service is staffed by a national network of librarians while email is staffed exclusively by UC San Diego librarians.
  • Special Collections & Archives: Research appointments are available on Wednesdays and Fridays for UC San Diego faculty, students, and staff who need access to these materials. Please contact
  • Article/Chapter Requests: All Library cardholders are eligible to request article/chapter scans of UCSD-owned materials for digital delivery.
  • San Diego Circuit : UC San Diego Library cardholders have access to the wide variety of books beyond our campus through the San Diego Circuit Consortium. See this step-by-step guide on how to request items for pickup through Campus Curbside Pickup. Most requests are processed within a week.
  • Interlibrary Loan: The Interlibrary Loan (ILL) office can assist with requests for items not available in the Library collection. Please send questions to
  • Returns: To return Library items, use the drive-up book returns at the Geisel turn-around, which will continue to be emptied on a regular basis. You may also use the book returns near the Geisel entrance and outside the Biomedical Library Building. For items too large for book returns, contact to coordinate returns. You can also return items by mail to the address below:
    UC San Diego Library
    University of California San Diego
    9500 Gilman Drive #0175L
    La Jolla, CA 92093-0175

    Returned items will be quarantined for 3 days and remain on your account until checked in by Library staff.

  • Tech Lending: Technology items can also be requested for checkout for the quarter and delivered through the Curbside Pickup service. Laptops are not available through the Library but UC San Diego students are eligible for the campus's Laptop Loaner Program, which enables students to request a laptop, hotspot, or other technical support.
  • Tours: In-person Library tours are currently suspended, but you may visit the Geisel Library Building’s 1st and 2nd Floors through our Virtual Library Tour.
  • Online Access to Materials: Access to hundreds of thousands of copyrighted materials belonging to UC San Diego's physical collections in addition to millions of digitized public domain volumes are temporarily available via HathiTrust. Please note that we are unable to loan out physical copies of titles that are in HathiTrust. Learn more about HathiTrust emergency temporary access to copyrighted books.
  • LinkedIn Learning: LinkedIn Learning is a library of over 100,000 video tutorials on software, technology, design, photography, business, life skills, and more. UC San Diego faculty, staff, and students can email to get a license.
  • Printing: Contactless printing is available in the Biomedical Library Building breezeway during study space hours. No reservation is required to access printing.


Services available to faculty during the COVID-19 response:


Services available to students during the COVID-19 response:

Members of the Public

Services available to members of the public during the COVID-19 response:

  • Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) Materials:
    • Due to the closure, there is currently no physical access to Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) materials. Full access to that collection will be restored when the library re-opens.
    • In the meantime, members of the public may request FDLP-related research assistance using our 24/7 online chat service. You may also use the U.S. Government LibGuide for help finding online information, or the Federal Depository Library Directory to locate other FDLP libraries.
  • Special Collections: Special Collections & Archives will be working remotely during this period to provide support for remote research and teaching as best as we can. Please contact with questions.
  • Borrowing: Current Community Borrower library card holders are eligible for both Curbside Pickup and our Local Scanning services.
  • Building Access: No physical access to Library buildings is permitted for members of the community.
Last Updated: April 7, 2021