Medical Center Library Closure Information

The Medical Center Library in Hillcrest (MCL) closed permanently as of April 1st, 2011. This page will provide background and details for users of MCL's collection and services. We will keep it updated when new information is available.

Additional information:

Borrowed Books:

Books must be returned to one of the campus libraries. The book return at Hillcrest will no longer be available. We will accept returns through the UCSD campus mail service; however, we cannot accept responsibility for items lost or damaged in the mail, and you will be responsible for the items until we receive them to check in at the library.  If you wish to use this option, the mail code for the Biomedical Library is 0699. 

Individuals from Hillcrest who wish to borrow books (or other physical items) from our collections or via Interlibrary Loan will need to come to campus to get them. For physical items borrowed via Interlibrary Loan or Circuit, you may specify any campus library to pick up your items.  If you would prefer to have books from any of the campus libraries delivered to you at Hillcrest you may opt to use the Libraries’ PLUS system to arrange shipping to you via FedEx for a fee. Please consult their website for more information

Medical Center Library Collections:

The entire MCL collection will be moved into temporary quarters at the UCSD Libraries' Annex and should be available for requesting by mid-April. The Annex is a warehouse facility located in San Diego but off campus. You cannot go there, but you can request items via the Annex Request Form. Books will be delivered to the Biomedical Library, articles from Annex journals will continue to be scanned if you indicate you are at the Medical Center.  You will see the items listed in our catalog with the location BML Annex-M. Over time we will make decisions about more permanent locations for MCL's print collections.

Reference Help, Consultations:

There will no longer be staff available for on-site consultations at Hillcrest.  We will provide reference and consultation services from the Biomedical Library. You can reach us via any of our Ask A Librarian service options.  We can also arrange remote consultations using collaborative meeting software like ReadyTalk - if you need help with something please contact us. 

Online Clinical Library:

Over the next few months we will be reviewing the resources on the Online Clinical Library to determine which resources we will discontinue. In the near future, the remaining resources on the Online Clinical Library will be folded into the Libraries' overall website.


Message from Melissa Just, Director, Biomedical Library:

Due to the current budget situation, the UCSD Libraries have had to make the difficult decision to close some library facilities. One of the affected facilities is the Medical Center Library (MCL) in Hillcrest, which will close permanently on April 1st, 2011.  The administration of the Libraries regrets that we are having to resort to these measures.

This page will provide information for users of MCL's collections and services. We will keep this page up to date as we move through the transitions involved in shifting the staff and collections from MCL.

On April 1st we will close the Medical Center Library facility and do the following:

  • Reassign MCL staff to positions in the Geisel or Biomedical Library
  • Cease on-site clinical support services, including the services of the nursing librarian
  • Stop physical delivery of library items from UCSD to Hillcrest

In the weeks immediately following the closing, we will:

  • Review online clinical resources for renewal or cessation
  • Evaluate the physical collection and identify items to retain and relocate to other UCSD Libraries
  • Relocate computer workstations and other equipment to other UCSD Libraries

If you have questions about MCL’s closing, please feel free to contact me. Additional information about the overall Libraries budget situation can be found on the UCSD Libraries Budget News site at

If you have concerns about the closing of MCL and its possible impacts and would like to share them with the Libraries, University, and/or Health Sciences administration, you may send them to:


Melissa L. Just, MLIS, EdD, AHIP
Director, Biomedical Library
University of California, San Diego | 858.534.1200

Updated: 4/5/2011