Loan Periods

Find out more about how long you can borrow materials from the library.

  • All circulating UC San Diego materials can be placed on hold and are subject to recalls.
  • Patrons can request to pick up materials in Geisel or BLB.
  • Patrons can request searches for missing materials.
  • Media Materials (films, videos, cds, etc.) can be checked out at the Media Desk or Geisel Front Desk.

Select your affiliation with The Library:

Undergraduates

Privilege Allowed
Maximum items checked out 200 (including 20 Circuit items)
Books from Geisel and Annex 90 days, 6 renewals
Books from BLB 28 days, 6 renewals
Bound Journals 7 days
Government Documents 28 days
Media Materials Library use only
(3 day checkout for National Merit/Regents Scholars)
Books from Circuit 28 days, 3 renewals

Graduate Students

Privilege Allowed
Maximum items checked out 200 (including 20 Circuit items)
Books from Geisel and Annex 365 days, 6 renewals
Books from BLB 28 days, 6 renewals
Bound Journals 7 days
Government Documents 28 days
Media Materials 7 day, 6 renewals
Books from Circuit 28 days, 3 renewals

Faculty/Academics

Privilege Allowed
Maximum items checked out 500(including 20 Circuit items)
Books from Geisel and Annex 365 days
Books from BLB 28 days
Bound Journals 7 days
Government Documents 28 days
Media Materials 7 days, 6 renewals
Books from Circuit 28 days

Immediate family (18+) of UC faculty

Privilege Allowed
Maximum items checked out 200 (including 20 Circuit items)
Books from Geisel and Annex 90 days, 6 renewals
Books from BLB 28 days, 6 renewals
Bound Journals 7 days
Government Documents 28 days
Media Materials Library Use Only
Books from Circuit 28 days, 3 renewals

Staff

Privilege Allowed
Maximum items checked out 200 (including 20 Circuit items)
Books from Geisel and Annex 90 days, 6 renewals
Books from BLB 28 days, 6 renewals
Bound Journals 7 days
Government Documents 28 days
Media Materials 3 days, 6 renewals
Books from Circuit 28 days, 3 renewals

Immediate Family (18+) of Staff

Privilege Allowed
Maximum items checked out 200 (including 20 Circuit items)
Books from Geisel and Annex 28 days, 6 renewals
Books from BLB 28 days, 6 renewals
Bound Journals Library Use Only
Government Documents 28 days
Media Materials Library use only
Books from Circuit 28 days, 3 renewals

Library Staff

Privilege Allowed
Maximum items checked out 500 (including 20 Circuit items)
Books from Geisel and Annex 365 days, 6 renewals
Books from BLB 28 days, 6 renewals
Bound Journals 7 days
Government Documents 28 days
Media Materials 7 days, 6 renewals
Books from Circuit 28 days, 3 renewals

Immediate family (18+) of Library Staff

Privilege Allowed
Maximum items checked out 200 (including 20 Circuit items)
Books from Geisel and Annex 90 days, 6 renewals
Books from BLB 28 days, 6 renewals
Bound Journals  Library Use Only
Government Documents 28 days
Media Materials Library Use Only
Books from Circuit 28 days, 3 renewals

UC San Diego Extension Students and Faculty

Privilege Allowed
Maximum items checked out 25 (including 20 Circuit items)
Books from Geisel and Annex 28 days, 6 renewals
Books from BLB 28 days, 6 renewals
Bound Journals Library Use Only
Government Documents 28 days
Media Materials Library Use Only
Books from Circuit 28 days, 3 renewals

Additional Details

Registration available at Geisel Library only. UC San Diego Extension Students are eligible for UC San Diego Library borrowing privileges at a discounted registration fee of $15.00 for 3 months.

Extension Students:

  • Must be registered for the current quarter
  • Complete a UC San Diego Library Borrowing Card Registration form (PDF).
  • Find information about other services for Extension Students here.

Extension Faculty:

  • Must be sponsored by their cluster for UC San Diego Library borrowing privileges (contact your cluster representative to initiate privileges).

Concurrently Enrolled UC San Diego Extension Students

Privilege Allowed
Maximum items checked out 200 (including 20 Circuit items)
Books from Geisel and Annex 90 days, 6 renewals
Books from BLB 28 days, 6 renewals
Bound Journals 7 days
Government Documents 28 days
Media Materials Library Use Only
Books from Circuit 28 days, 3 renewals

Additional Details

Registration available at Geisel Library only. Concurrently enrolled Extension students are eligible for UC San Diego Library borrowing privileges at no cost with proof of enrollment.

  • Extension Students  are those currently enrolled in at least one course through UC San Diego
  • Concurrently-enrolled students are those who are not regular UC San Diego students, but are taking regular UC San Diego courses for credit as a non-matriculated student and paying per-unit fees through UC San Diego's Extension. Concurrent students earn full academic credit and participate in courses as regular UC San Diego students, subject to the same conditions, requirements, and standards.
  • Complete a UC San Diego Library Borrowing Card Registration form (PDF).
  • Provide a valid concurrent enrollment card issued by the UC San Diego Extension office.
  • Find information about other services for Concurrently-Enrolled Extension Students here.

Visiting Scholars

Privilege Allowed
Maximum items checked out 500 (including 20 Circuit items)
Books from Geisel and Annex 365 days, 6 renewals
Books from BLB 28 days, 6 renewals
Bound Journals  7 days
Government Documents 28 days
Media Materials 7 days, 6 renewals
Books from Circuit 28 days, 3 renewals

Additional Details

Registration available at Geisel Library and the Biomedical Library Building. Includes UC San Diego-affiliated visiting & Post-Doctoral Scholars

  • Complete a UC San Diego Library Borrowing Card Registration form (PDF).
  • Provide a letter on UC San Diego departmental letterhead with the visiting scholar's name and appointment status (Faculty or Graduate), start and end dates of the appointment, sponsoring department's budget number, and a departmental contact with phone extension.
  • Show a valid government-issued photo identification.

Community Borrowing Card Participants

Privilege Allowed
Maximum items checked out 25 (including 20 Circuit items)
Books from Geisel and Annex 28 days, 6 renewals
Books from BLB 28 days, 6 renewals
Bound Journals Library Use Only
Government Documents 28 days
Media Materials Library Use Only
Books from Circuit 28 days, 3 renewals

Additional Details

Registration available at Geisel Library only. Includes regular, senior, and student Community Borrowing Card Participants. All library card holders must be eighteen (18) years of age or older and have a residential address within the state of California.

  • Complete a UC San Diego Library Borrowing Card Registration form (PDF).
  • Show a valid California driver's license, California identification card, or a current passport.
  • Provide a current, valid identification card from their home institution, if a student.
  • Pay by debit or credit card (MasterCard or Visa only).

Pricing

  • Community Borrowing Card
    • Single: $100.00 for 12 months
    • Dual: $150.00 for 12 months 
    • Dual borrowers are two adults in the same household who share a single account. Both borrowers may use the account interchangeably, with the primary account holder financially responsible for all items on the account.
  • Senior Community Borrowing Card
    • $50.00 for 12 months.
    • Senior borrowers must be members of the community who are 65 years and older.
  • Student Community Borrowing Card
    • $25.00 for 6 months
    • $50.00 for 12 months
    • Open to registered students of the California State Universities or public California community colleges.
  • Members of the UC San Diego Chancellor’s Associates
    • Receive 50% off the regular rate (Single/Dual/Senior/Student)

UC Alumni

Privilege Allowed
Maximum items checked out 25 (including 20 Circuit items)
Books from Geisel and Annex 28 days, 6 renewals
Books from BLB 28 days, 6 renewals
Bound Journals  Library Use Only
Government Documents 28 days
Media Materials Library Use Only
Books from Circuit 28 days, 3 renewals

Additional Details

Registration available at Geisel Library only. Includes eligible members of the UC San Diego Alumni Association or other UC Alumni Associations. Alumni who have made a philanthropic gift to UC San Diego during the past 12 months or are legacy Lifetime Alumni Association members are eligible for UC San Diego Library borrowing privileges. Gifts can be made at www.giving.ucsd.edu. Members of other UC Alumni Associations are also eligible.* Please bring proof of current membership or donor status, in the form of a membership card or email confirming payment, to the Geisel Library Front Desk. Complete a UC San Diego Library Borrowing Card Registration form (may be done on-site) and provide government-issued identification, such as a valid California driver's license, California identification card, or current passport. If Alumni of other UC Institution, contact your corresponding alumni association.

Courtesy Borrowing Card Participants

Privilege Allowed
Maximum items checked out 25 (including 20 Circuit items)
Books from Geisel and Annex 28 days, 6 renewals
Books from BLB 28 days, 6 renewals
Bound Journals  Library Use Only
Government Documents 28 days
Media Materials Library Use Only
Books from Circuit 28 days, 3 renewals

Additional Details

Registration available at Geisel Library only.

  • Complete a UC San Diego Library Borrowing Card Registration form (PDF).
  • Prove eligibility in one of the following groups:
    • Other UC faculty, staff, and students
    • Immediate family of UC faculty and staff
    • Retired UC faculty and staff
    • Current Faculty at ABA or WASC Accredited Schools
    • OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program
    • K-12 California Public School Teachers
    • Members of the UC San Diego Board of Overseers

Proxy Library Card Holders

Privilege Allowed
Maximum items checked out 500 (including 20 Circuit items)
Books from Geisel and Annex 365 days, 6 renewals
Books from BLB 28 days, 6 renewals
Bound Journals  7 days
Government Documents  28 days
Media Materials 7 days, 6 renewals
Books from Circuit 28 days, 3 renewals

Additional Details

Registration available at Geisel Library only. UC San Diego Salaried Academic Staff are eligible to designate up to three (3) research assistants to check out library materials on their behalf. Such staff must complete and sign the Application for Proxy Borrower Privileges form (PDF). The completed form may be:

  • Mailed to: Proxy Card - 0175L
  • Submitted in person at the Geisel Library Front Desk.
  • Faxed to (858) 534-4970. 

Proxy cards will be mailed to the Salaried Academic Staff member requesting them.

  • When checking out library materials, a Proxy Library Card holder will be required to present both a Proxy library card and photo identification.
  • Proxy library cards are not intended for use by spouses, domestic partners, or children. These individuals are eligible for courtesy library borrowing cards .
  • Proxy cards may also be issued in the case of temporary or permanent disability of a Library borrowing card holder. Contact Geisel Library Front Desk for details.

Non-Salaried Clinical Faculty

Privilege Allowed
Maximum items checked out 500 (including 20 Circuit items)
Books from Geisel and Annex 365 days, 6 renewals
Books from BLB 28 days, 6 renewals
Bound Journals  7 days
Government Documents 28 days
Media Materials 7 days, 6 renewals
Books from Circuit 28 days, 3 renewals

Additional Details

Registration available at Geisel Library and the Biomedical Library Building.

Non-Salaried Clinical Faculty qualify for free borrowing privileges.

  • Complete a UC San Diego Library Registration form (PDF).
  • Provide a letter from the sponsoring department verifying your appointment and its end date (to be used as the expiration date of your UC San Diego Library borrowing privileges).

Immediate family (18+) of UC Non-Salaried Clinical Faculty

Privilege Allowed
Maximum items checked out 200 (including 20 Circuit items)
Books from Geisel and Annex 90 days, 6 renewals
Books from BLB 28 days, 6 renewals
Bound Journals  7 days
Government Documents 28 days
Media Materials Library Use Only
Books from Circuit 28 days, 3 renewals

Veterans Administration Medical Center Staff

Privilege Allowed
Maximum items checked out 25 (including 20 Circuit items)
Books from Geisel and Annex 28 days, 6 renewals
Books from BLB 28 days, 6 renewals
Bound Journals  Library Use Only
Government Documents 28 days
Media Materials Library Use Only
Books from Circuit 28 days, 3 renewals

Additional Details

Registration available at the Biomedical Library Building only. Veterans Administration Medical Center Staff not otherwise affiliated with UC San Diego qualify for free UC San Diego Library borrowing privileges. Complete this VAMC Registration form (PDF), including having it signed by the librarian at the V.A. Medical Center's Medical Library, and return it to the Biomedical Library Building Front Desk.

Corporate Membership Participants

Privilege Allowed
Maximum items checked out 200 (including 20 Circuit items)
Books from Geisel and Annex 28 days, 6 renewals
Books from BLB 28 days, 6 renewals
Bound Journals  2 days
Government Documents  28 days
Media Materials Library Use Only
Books from Circuit 28 days, 3 renewals

Additional Details

No on-site registration. Companies may join the Library’s Corporate Membership program. The Library offers a range of Corporate Memberships, starting at a minimum annual Subscriber Level of $3000 for 20 cards plus some campus parking privileges. For more information regarding this program, email Library Business Services, or call 858-822-5621.

UC San Diego Managers & Senior Professionals (MSP) and Executive Series Employees

Privilege Allowed
Maximum items checked out 500 (including 20 Circuit items)
Books from Geisel and Annex 365 days, 6 renewals
Books from BLB 28 days, 6 renewals
Bound Journals  7 days
Government Documents 28 days
Media Materials 7 days, 6 renewals
Books from Circuit 28 days, 3 renewals

Additional Details

Registration available at Geisel Library only. Your UC San Diego photo identification card is your UC San Diego Library borrowing card. The barcode on the back of your campus ID can be used to use library services, such as My Library Account. If you’ve replaced your ID card and are unable to log into your account, contact either of the UC San Diego Library's Front Desks.

Other Groups by Special Arrangement

Privilege Allowed
Maximum items checked out 25 (including 20 Circuit items)
Books from Geisel and BLB 28 days, 6 renewals
Bound Journals  Library Use Only
Government documents 28 days
Media Materials Library Use Only
Cooks from Circuit 28 days, 3 renewals

Additional Details

Registration available at Geisel Library only. Your UC San Diego photo identification card is your UC San Diego Library borrowing card. The barcode on the back of your campus ID can be used to use library services, such as My Library Account . If you’ve replaced your ID card and are unable to log into your account, contact either of the UC San Diego Library's Front Desks .