Checking Out & Renewing Items


Checking Out Library Items

UC San Diego Library items can be checked out at the Front Desk of the Geisel or Biomedical Library Buildings by using the self-checkout machines located near the entrance in either building. A valid UC San Diego photo identification card or a UC San Diego Library privilege card with a photo ID is required for borrowing privileges.


Renewing Items

Most library items (excluding course reserves) can be renewed online, by phone, or in-person.

Online: Go to My Library Account / Renew Items to renew most items. For additional information, go to My Library Account.

By phone: Contact the Front Desk of Geisel Library at 858-534-0134 or Biomedical Library Building at 858-534-3253.

In-Person: Go to the Front Desk of the Geisel or Biomedical Library Buildings.

Items with recalls or holds, or in fine status, cannot be renewed. To renew Interlibrary Loan items, go to Renew Your Materials.


Returning Items

Library items, excluding course reserves, can be returned at the Front Desk of the Geisel or Biomedical Library Buildings by using book return bins or handing items to Library staff. Return bins are located outside Geisel Library’s front doors or outside the north and south breezeway entrances of the Biomedical Library Building. Additionally, drive-up return bins are located on Hopkins Drive, just west of Geisel Library.

Course reserves must be returned to the Front Desk from which the material was borrowed. After-hours book returns are located next to Geisel Library’s entrance. During Geisel Overnight Study Commons hours, course reserves may also be returned to the Geisel Front Desk book drop.


Recalls & Holds

Recalls can be placed on items checked out by most eligible borrowers, including UC San Diego faculty, staff, and students. Place recalls online by using the Request feature in Roger or by contacting the Front Desk of the Geisel or Biomedical Library Buildings. Recalled items are assigned a shorter due date. A Hold notice will be sent to the requestor when the recalled item is returned and available for pickup.

Holds can be placed on items checked out by all eligible borrowers. Place holds by contacting the Front Desk of the Geisel or Biomedical Library Buildings. Most eligible borrowers can place holds online by using the Request feature in Roger. Holds are not assigned a shorter due date. A Hold notice will be sent to the requestor when the held item is returned and available for pickup.


Missing Items & Searches

If you cannot find an item on the shelf and it is listed as “Avaliable” in Roger, report it missing by contacting the Front Desk of the Geisel or Biomedical Library Buildings. Library staff will verify the item’s status and shelving location, and initiate a search request if the item cannot be located.


Notices

The UC San Diego Library sends all notices via email. Library notices for UC San Diego faculty, staff, and students are sent to your official UC San Diego email address.

Library Notices may include:

  • Courtesy: Your items will be due soon; renew as soon as possible.
  • Overdue: Your items are overdue.
  • Hold: Your item is ready for pick up.
  • Recall: Your due date has been shortened and the checked-out item must be returned for another patron.
  • Billing: Fines have been applied to your Library account.

The Library is not responsible for notices that are not received. Failure to respond to notices can result in suspension of Library borrowing privileges and the assessment of Library fines and/or fees. If you do not receive Library notices, contact the Front Desk of the Geisel or Biomedical Library Buildings.