Checking Out & Renewing Items

Checking Out Library Materials

UC San Diego Library materials may be checked out at the front desk of Geisel Library or the Biomedical Library Building or at the self-checkout (self-service borrowing) machines located in each building. A valid UC San Diego photo identification card or a UC San Diego Library borrowing card with a photo ID is required for borrowing privileges.

Renewing Items

Most library material (excluding course reserves) may be renewed online, over the phone, or in-person.

Online: Visit My Library Account to renew most items.

In-Person: Please visit either the front desk in either UC San Diego Library building to renew your item.

By Phone: Visit Contact Us to view a list of the phone numbers for the UC San Diego Library front desks.

Borrowing Limits

UC San Diego faculty may have up to 500 items checked out simultaneously. UC San Diego staff and students may have up to 200 items checked out. Other library patrons may have up to 25 items checked out. All library card holders may have a total of 20 Circuit items on their account, which includes checked-out, requested, and returned Circuit items.

Loan Periods

Loan periods vary by item and by Library card holder status.

Please ask at a Library front desk for the loan period of your item.

Recalls and Holds

Recalls: All items checked out are subject to recall. A recall will alter the due date to a shorter loan period when another UC patron needs that item. Once the item is returned it will be placed on hold for the waiting user, who will be notified promptly. Only UC faculty, staff, and students can recall any item currently checked out by using the "Request" feature in Roger.

Holds: A hold allows most checked-out items to be held at the UC San Diego Library front desk of your choice upon return, but a hold does not alter the due date. Please note some material types are not eligible for holds. Contact any Library front desk and a staff member can assist you with placing a hold. UC faculty, staff, and students may also hold any item currently checked out by using the "Request" feature in Roger.

Paging: In certain cases, available materials may be paged for pick up. Material located at the Trade Street Storage Annex can be sent to the front desk of either Library building. Scripps Institution of Oceanography affiliates may also page items from the main campus. Use the “Request” feature in Roger to page annex material. Staff at either Library front desk can assist you in paging your items.

Limited Use Items

Some items are fragile or at risk materials identified in the Roger catalog as Limited Use. To access these items, bring your valid UCSD ID to the Geisel Media Desk and the staff will retrieve them for you. Limited Use items located at the Library Annex can normally be retrieved and made available for you at the Geisel Media Desk within 24 hours. Many Limited Use items are for onsite use only.

Missing Items

If you cannot find an item on the shelf, please report it missing at the front desk of either Library building. Library staff will change its status to MISSING, and you may then request it from Circuit or through Interlibrary Loan.


The UC San Diego Library provides a Search service for any items listed as "AVAILABLE" in ROGER, but which appear to be missing from the shelves. Library staff will verify the status and shelving location of the item and initiate a search request if the item cannot be located. Please ask for help at either front desk.


The UC San Diego Library sends all notices via email. UC San Diego faculty, staff, and student notices will be sent to an official UC San Diego email address. If you prefer that a different email address be used for your campus communications, then you need to redirect your campus email.

Library Notices may include:

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

Please note the Library is not responsible for notices not received. Failure to respond to notices will result in suspension of Library privileges, Library fines, and possible replacement bills. If you do not receive your notices, please contact a Library front desk.