Library Cards

UC San Diego Students, Staff and Faculty

Your UC San Diego identification card is your library card. Please present it at time of check out.  ID cards and library cards are non-transferable and cannot be shared.

Proxy Cards

Salaried academic UC San Diego employees are eligible to designate up to three (3) research assistants to check out library materials on their behalf. These proxy cards are not for use by spouses, domestic partners, or children. For additional information, please call (858) 534-0134 or (858) 822-5898.

UC San Diego Extension Students and Faculty

UC San Diego Extension students are eligible for library privileges at a discounted fee of $15.00 for 3 months. Concurrently enrolled Extension students receive privileges at no additional charge with proof of current registration.

UC San Diego Extension faculty must be sponsored by their cluster in order to obtain library privileges. Extension faculty should contact their cluster representative for pre-approval or call (858) 534-0134 for additional information.

UC San Diego Community Borrowing Card Program

All library card holders must be eighteen (18) years of age or older and have a residential address within the state of California.

Community Borrowing Card

  • Single: $100.00 for 12 months
  • Dual:   $150.00 for 12 months

Dual borrowers are two adults in the same household who share a single account. Both borrowers may use the account interchangeably, with the primary account holder financially responsible for all items on the account.

Senior Community Borrowing Card

  • $50.00 for 12 months

Senior borrowers are members of the community 65 years and older.

Student Community Borrowing Card

  •  $25.00 for 6 months
  •  $50.00 for 12 months

Open to registered students of the California State University or public California community colleges. Students must have a current, valid ID card from their home institution.

Courtesy Library Cards

The UC San Diego Library offers courtesy privilege cards to members of the following groups:

  • Other UC faculty, staff, and students
  • Immediate family of UC faculty and staff
  • Active members of the UC Alumni Association
  • Faculty at WASC Accredited Schools
  • OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program
  • K-12 California Public School Teachers
  • Staff employees of the San Diego Supercomputer
  • Members of the UC San Diego Board of Overseers
  • Members of the UC San Diego Chancellor's Associates

Proof of eligibility will be required when you apply for your library card. Contact the Geisel Library Front Desk  at (858) 534-0134 for additional information.