Library Services Available - COVID-19 Response

For the safety and wellbeing of our community, Geisel Library and the Biomedical Library Building are closed effective Monday, March 16, 2020 until further notice. Learn more about services available at the Library during the COVID-19 response.

Page Last Updated: April 14, 2020 9:35 a.m.

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  • For personalized service, assistance, or questions with borrowing of Library materials, reach a Library staff member at
  • 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.
  • VPN connection is required to access most resources outside the UC San Diego Campus. Be sure to select 2-Step Secured - Allthruucsd when connecting to access Library resources. Learn more about connecting from off-campus.
  • Interlibrary Loan staff can assist with article and most book chapter requests. Requests for physical materials will be placed on hold and processed when libraries in the system reopen.
  • Renew Library materials online in My Library Account or contact
  • 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 at the Geisel entrance, but do not return items to the book returns outside the Biomedical Library Building. Items will remain on your account until staff may safely return to work.
  • Keep your tech lending item(s) for now. Due dates have been adjusted to June 20. To avoid damage to tech equipment, we kindly ask that you do not return tech lending items via the book returns. Email with questions.
  • Submit a billing appeal form online.
  • Library tours are currently suspended, but digital tour clips are in progress. Watch for more details as they're completed and made available.
  • 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. Learn more about HathiTrust emergency temporary access to copyrighted books.
  • Many publishers are offering temporary expanded access. View the Electronic Library Resources Spring 2020 Guide for a full list of available resources.
  • 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.



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