COVID-19: Library Services Available

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:

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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. Direct any questions about renewals, billing, or borrowing to Current faculty, staff, students from other UCs residing in the San Diego area are eligible for borrowing privileges at the UC San Diego Library; contact our Borrowing staff for details.
  • 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.
  • Article/Chapter Requests: Request article/chapter scans of UCSD-owned materials for digital delivery; direct any questions on this service to 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.
  • 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 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. In most cases due dates have been extended to September 30.
  • Tech Lending: Keep your tech lending item(s) for now. Due dates have been adjusted to September 30. To avoid damage to tech equipment, we kindly ask that you do not return tech lending items via the book returns. Email with questions.
  • 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. Learn more about HathiTrust emergency temporary access to copyrighted books.
  • Additional Expanded Access: Many publishers are offering temporary expanded access. View the Electronic Library Resources 2020 Guide for a full list of available resources.
  • 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.


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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.
Last Updated: July 27, 2020 2:34 p.m.