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: March 24, 2020 8:30 a.m.

Campus Community

  • 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 some resources outside the UC San Diego Campus. Learn more about connecting from off-campus.
  • Please avoid recalling items that are checked out. Interlibrary Loan staff may be able to assist you in obtaining materials instead, though some requests may not be fulfillable due to COVID-19-related closures or limitations at other libraries.
  • 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.
  • Keep your tech lending item(s) for now. Due dates have been adjusted to June 20. To avoid damage to tech equipment, we kindly as 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.
  • 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.



Virtual Services are available for you!

Members of the Public

  • 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.