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Current UC San Diego faculty, staff, and students may borrow materials from the UC San Diego Library and libraries worldwide. Your UC San Diego ID card is your library card. Other patrons are eligible for borrowing privileges upon registration. See Library Cards & Checkout Periods for details.

Request & Hold Books

Users can request UC San Diego Library items listed as “Available” in the UC Library Searchto be retrieved and made available through curbside pickupMaterials will be held for you for up to 7 days. Items held at the Annex from Special Collections & Archives will be made available for use in Geisel Library’s Special Collections & Archives unit during its hours.

  • Materials from the Annex - Requests will arrive within 4 business days.
  • Materials from Geisel & BLB - You’ll receive a notice within 1 to 4 business days when the item is available for pick-up.

Submit Your Request

  • For UC San Diego affiliates, locate the desired items in UC Library Search and log-in to request.
  • For all others, use the Request Form. Non-cardholders may leave the barcode field blank.

Curbside Pickup

All current library cardholders may use contactless Campus Curbside Pickup provided by Transportation Services.

Items paged via UC Library Search will be checked out remotely and made available for curbside pickup. 

  • Hours: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm, Monday - Friday
  • Location: Campus Curbside Pickup (Gilman Parking Structure at 9375 Russel Lane, La Jolla, CA. 92093; walk-up option at street level)
    • Vehicles: Enter Gilman parking structure from Gilman Drive or Russell Lane and look for the designated space on Level 2.
    • Pedestrians & Cyclists: In front of Campus Curbside Pickup building.

How it works:

  1. Request available item(s).
  2. Wait for an email from letting you know your item is ready for pickup.
    • Most items are available for pickup within 3 business days.
  1. Arrive at Campus Curbside Pickup (by car, bicycle, or on foot) with your tracking number and follow the directions on the posted signs.
    • Your item will be brought to you at the curbside service location within 10 minutes.
    • Check due dates and renew items online.


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Scan Articles and Book Chapters (digital delivery)

UC San Diego faculty, staff, and students can request scanned chapters of items from most of the Library’s print collection free of charge, using one of the following options.  Requests will be delivered electronically to the email address provided within 3 business days of submission. Temporary privileges granted to all library cardholders. Members of the general public are not eligible for scanning of locally-owned materials, unless they are held at the Annex, as noted below.

  • Current UC San Diego students, faculty, and staff: locate item in UC Library Search and click the Digitization button in the Get It secion. Log-In required.
  • Community borrowers: submit Request Form after consulting UC Library Search.

Members of the general public can have articles and book chapters from materials stored in the Annex scanned and digitally delivered free of charge without a Library Card. Submit Request Form after consulting UC Library Search.


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Borrow from Other Libraries

UC San Diego students, faculty, and staff may request books, articles, and other items that are not available at UC San Diego. Items obtained on loan usually arrive within 7 business days.  Articles are delivered electronically within 3 business days.  See the Interlibrary Loan service for more information. 


Return materials at book return bins.  Bins are located outside Geisel Library’s entrance or outside the south entrance of the Biomedical Library Building. Additionally, drive-up return bins are located on Hopkins Drive, just west of Geisel Library.

Tech Lending Return

Items from Tech Lending must be returned to the Service Area from which the material was borrowed. After-hours returns are located next to Geisel Library’s entrance. During Geisel Overnight Study Commons hours, Tech Lending items may also be returned to the available bins.


Renew UC San Diego Materials

  1. Go to UC Library Search.
  2. Log in to your My Library Account.
  3. Check the box next to the item(s) you want to renew, and select Renew Checked Items.

You can also renew items at the Service Area of the Geisel or Biomedical Library Buildings, or by phone at 858-534-0134. Items with recalls or holds, or in fine status, cannot be renewed.

Renew Interlibrary Loan Materials 

Request renewal of your Interlibrary Loan materials by logging into My ILL Request or by contacting ILL.

  1. Click My ILL Requests (some instructions below).
  2. Log in with the barcode on the back of your UC San Diego ID card.
  3. Renew the item(s).

Submit renewal requests up to one week before the due date. Requests submitted after the item's due date may result in late fees. Allow 4 to 5 business days for a final response.



Recalls are currently not enabled except for staff use to make items available for course reserves or instruction.

If an item that is checked out is needed for Course Reserves or Classroom Instruction it may be recalled. This will shorten the original checkout period for the current borrower.

A recall notice will be sent to the current borrower indicating the new due date. The amount of time a user will be given to return a recalled item will vary by item type. Items returned after the recall date will be subject to overdue charges.

This doesn't seem fair. Why can my books get recalled?

Recalls are common in academic libraries. Instead of offering shorter loan periods to everyone (requiring you to renew your books every two weeks), we offer a longer loan period, with the caveat that the book may be recalled if it is needed for instruction.

My book got recalled. Why can't you just buy another copy or request it from another insitution instead?

We make every effort to find alternatives before recalling items from users but in some cases recalling the UC San Diego copy is the only or best option available.

Visit the Annex for On-Site Viewing

UC San Diego faculty, staff, and students needing to view large runs of journals or other items may visit the Annex (located in the Miramar area off Trade Street) in person between 8am and 2pm Monday through Friday by making an appointment in advance. Email desired date, arrival time, and a list of materials needed to or call (858) 653-6641. Materials are retrieved in advance and available in the reading room when you arrive. For safety reasons, browsing Annex shelves is not permitted.

Search for Missing Items

If you can't find an item on the shelf and it is listed as “Available” in UC Library Search, report it missing by contacting the Service Area of the Geisel or Biomedical Library Buildings. Library staff will verify the item’s status and shelving location, and initiate a search if the item cannot be located.

Check UC San Diego Email for Library Notices

The UC San Diego Library sends all notices by email. Library notices for UC San Diego faculty, staff, and students are sent to your official UC San Diego email address.

The Library is not responsible for notices that are not received. Failure to respond to notices can result in suspension of Library borrowing privileges and the assessment of Library fines and/or fees. If you do not receive Library notices, contact the Service Area of the Geisel or Biomedical Library Buildings.