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Library Cards and Checkout Periods

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Changes to Checkout Terms Effective July 1, 2024

Beginning July 1, 2024 the Library will reduce the initial checkout period for all UC San Diego circulating print items to 30 days for all users and activate automatic renewals. For more details, read our blog post.
Undergraduate Students
Item Type Initial Checkout Period Maximum Checkout Period
Books 90 days 21 months 
Bound Journals 28 days 7 months
Government Documents 28 days 7 months
Media Materials 10 days 2 months
Tech Lending Items 24 hours 24 hours
Books from Circuit 28 days 4 months
Interlibrary Loan (other UCs) 90 days 1 year
Interlibrary Loan (non UCs) Variable Variable

Max items checked out: 200 (including 20 Circuit items)

Graduate Students
Item Type Initial Checkout Period Maximum Checkout Period
Books 365 days 7 years
Bound Journals 28 days 7 months
Government Documents 28 days 7 months
Media Materials 10 days 2 months
Tech Lending Items 24 hours 24 hours
Books from Circuit 28 days 4 months
Interlibrary Loan (other UCs) 90 days 1 year
Interlibrary Loan (non UCs) Variable Variable

Max items checked out: 500 (including 20 Circuit items)

Faculty/Academics
Item Type Initial Checkout Period Maximum Checkout Period
Books 365 days 7 years
Bound Journals 28 days 7 months
Government Documents 28 days 7 months
Media Materials 10 days 2 months
Tech Lending Items 24 hours 24 hours
Books from Circuit 28 days 4 months
Interlibrary Loan (other UCs) 90 days 1 year
Interlibrary Loan (non UCs) Variable Variable

Max items checked out: 500 (including 20 Circuit items)

Immediate family (18+) of UC Faculty/Academics
Item Type Initial Checkout Period Maximum Checkout Period
Books 90 days 21 months
Bound Journals 28 days 7 months
Government Documents 28 days 7 months
Media Materials Library Use Only Not Eligible
Tech Lending Items 24 hours 24 hours
Books from Circuit 28 days 4 months
Interlibrary Loan (other UCs) 90 days 1 year
Interlibrary Loan (non UCs) Variable Variable

Max items checked out: 200 (including 20 Circuit items)

Additional Details

Contact us at LibraryBorrowing @ucsd.edu or by phone at (858) 534-0134 for further registration details.

Privileges do not include:

  • Off-campus access to electronic resources (articles, online journals, databases, e-books)
  • Building access to the Overnight Study Commons
  • Access to protected Wi-Fi (guest Wi-Fi is available)
  • Current journal checkouts
Staff
Item Type Initial Checkout Period Maximum Checkout Period
Books 90 days 21 months
Bound Journals 28 days 7 months
Government Documents 28 days 7 months
Media Materials 10 days 2 months
Tech Lending Items 24 hours 24 hours
Books from Circuit 28 days 4 months
Interlibrary Loan (other UCs) 90 days 1 year
Interlibrary Loan (non UCs) Variable Variable

Max items checked out: 500 (including 20 Circuit items)

Immediate Family (18+) of UC Staff/Professional or Graduate Student
Item Type Initial Checkout Period Maximum Checkout Period
Books 28 days 7 months
Bound Journals 28 days 7 months
Government Documents 28 days 7 months
Media Materials Library use only Not Eligible
Tech Lending Items Not Eligible Not Eligible
Books from Circuit 28 days 4 month
Interlibrary Loan (other UCs) Not Eligible Not Eligible
Interlibrary Loan (non UCs) Not Eligible Not Eligible

Max items checked out: 25 (including 20 Circuit items)

Additional Details

Contact us at LibraryBorrowing @ucsd.edu or by phone at (858) 534-0134 for further registration details.

Privileges do not include:

  • Off-campus access to electronic resources (articles, online journals, databases, e-books)
  • Interlibrary Loan services
  • Building access to the Overnight Study Commons
  • Access to protected Wi-Fi (guest Wi-Fi is available)
  • Current journal checkouts
  • Tech Lending Item checkouts
Local Students and Educators
Item Type Initial Checkout Period Maximum Checkout Period
Books 28 days 7 months
Bound Journals 28 days 7 months
Government Documents 28 days 7 months
Media Materials Library Use Only Not Eligible
Tech Lending Items Not Eligible Not Eligible
Books from Circuit 28 days 4 months
Interlibrary Loan (other UCs) Not Eligible Not Eligible
Interlibrary Loan (non UCs) Not Eligible Not Eligible

Max items checked out: 25 (including 20 Circuit items)

Additional Details

All library card holders must be eighteen (18) years of age or older and have a residential address within the state of California. This includes visiting OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrower cardholders.

  • Provide verification of enrollment in current term or current employment as an educator.
  • Complete the Request a Community Borrower Card form.
  • Show valid government-issued photo identification.

Privileges do not include:

  • Off-campus access to electronic resources (articles, online journals, databases, e-books)
  • Interlibrary Loan services
  • Building access to the Overnight Study Commons
  • Access to protected Wi-Fi (guest Wi-Fi is available)
  • Current journal checkouts
  • Media checkouts (available to listen & view in-house only)
  • Tech Lending Item checkout
Concurrently Enrolled UC San Diego Extension Students
Item Type Initial Checkout Period Maximum Checkout Period
Books 90 days 21 months
Bound Journals 28 days 7 months
Government Documents 28 days 7 months
Media Materials 10 days 2 months
Tech Lending Items 24 hours 24 hours
Books from Circuit 28 days 4 months
Interlibrary Loan (other UCs) 90 days 1 year
Interlibrary Loan (non UCs) Variable Variable

Max items checked out: 200 (including 20 Circuit items)

Additional Details

Concurrently-enrolled students are those who are not regular UC San Diego students, but are taking regular UC San Diego courses for credit as a non-matriculated student and paying per-unit fees through UC San Diego's Extension. Concurrent students earn full academic credit and participate in courses as regular UC San Diego students, subject to the same conditions, requirements, and standards.

  • Provide a valid concurrent enrollment confirmation email from UC San Diego Extension office.
  • Complete the Request a Community Borrower Card form.
  • Show valid government-issued photo identification.

More information about other services for Extension Students.

Visiting Scholars
Item Type Initial Checkout Period Maximum Checkout Period
Books 365 days 7 years
Bound Journals 28 days 7 months
Government Documents 28 days 7 months
Media Materials 10 days 2 months
Tech Lending Items 24 hours 24 hours
Books from Circuit 28 days 4 months
Interlibrary Loan (other UCs) 90 days 1 year
Interlibrary Loan (non UCs) Variable Variable

Max items checked out: 500 (including 20 Circuit items)

Additional Details

A Visiting Scholar is a scholar from another institution who visits the University for the purposes of participating in a University-sponsored educational program, cooperative agreement, or collaborative research project under the supervision of a UC San Diego faculty, for a short period of time. Visiting Scholars are entitled to the use of the Library and their Campus ID Card functions as their library card.

In order for a Visiting Scholar to check out Library materials, the department must properly enter the Visiting Scholar into UC Path with an expiration date and have provided the scholar with a  UC San Diego email account. Please contact LibraryBorrowing@ucsd.edu with any questions or problems.

California Residents - Community Borrowing Card
Item Type Initial Checkout Period Maximum Checkout Period
Books 28 days 7 months
Bound Journals 28 days 7 months
Government Documents 28 days 7 months
Media Materials Library Use Only Not Eligible
Tech Lending Items Not Eligible Not Eligible
Books from Circuit 28 days 4 months
Interlibrary Loan (other UCs) Not Eligible Not Eligible
Interlibrary Loan (non UCs) Not Eligible Not Eligible

Max items checked out: 25 (including 20 Circuit items)

Additional Details

Most items in the UC San Diego Library collection are available for request from your local public or county library FREE using Circuit. Library staff can help you determine what privileges are best for you. Contact us at LibraryBorrowing@ucsd.edu or by phone at (858) 534-0134.

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

Privileges do not include:

  • Off-campus access to electronic resources (articles, online journals, databases, e-books)
  • Interlibrary Loan services
  • Building access to the Overnight Study Commons
  • Access to protected Wi-Fi (guest Wi-Fi is available)
  • Current journal checkouts
  • Media checkouts (available to listen & view in-house only)
  • Tech Lending Item checkouts
Alumni (UC)
Item Type Initial Checkout Period Maximum Checkout Period
Books 28 days 7 months
Bound Journals 28 days 7 months
Government Documents 28 days 7 months
Media Materials Library Use Only Not Eligible
Tech Lending Items Not Eligible Not Eligible
Books from Circuit 28 days 4 months
Interlibrary Loan (other UCs) Not Eligible Not Eligible
Interlibrary Loan (non UCs) Not Eligible Not Eligible

Max items checked out: 25 (including 20 Circuit items)

Additional Details

Most items in the UC San Diego Library collection are available for request from your local San Diego Public or County library FREE using Circuit.

UC Alumni Association members are eligible to UC San Diego Library check-out privileges. This includes individuals who are part of the UC San Diego Alumni Association or any other UC Alumni Associations and are residents of California.

  • Complete the Request a Community Borrower Card form
  • Provide verification of UC Alumni status and current membership (contact your Alumni Association for a letter or membership card)
  • Show a valid California driver's license, California identification card, or current passport

Privileges do not include:

  • Off-campus access to electronic resources (articles, online journals, databases, e-books)
  • Interlibrary Loan services
  • Building access to the Overnight Study Commons
  • Access to protected Wi-Fi (guest Wi-Fi is available)
  • Current journal checkouts
  • Media checkouts (available to listen & view in-house only)
  • Tech Lending Item checkouts
Others - Courtesy Borrowing Card
Item Type Initial Checkout Period Maximum Checkout Period
Books 28 days 7 months
Bound Journals 28 days 7 months
Government Documents 28 days 7 months
Media Materials Library Use Only Not Eligible
Tech Lending Items Not Eligible Not Eligible
Books from Circuit 28 days 4 months
Interlibrary Loan (other UCs) Not Eligible Not Eligible
Interlibrary Loan (non UCs) Not Eligible Not Eligible

Max items checked out: 25 (including 20 Circuit items)

Additional Details

  • Provide verification of eligibility in one of the following groups:
    • Immediate family of faculty and staff from other UC Campuses
    • Retired faculty and staff from other UC Campuses
    • Other Groups by Special Arrangement
  • Complete the Request a Community Borrower Card form.
  • Show valid government issued photo identification.

Privileges do not include:

  • Off-campus access to electronic resources (articles, online journals, databases, e-books)
  • Interlibrary Loan services
  • Building access to the Overnight Study Commons
  • Access to protected Wi-Fi (guest Wi-Fi is available)
  • Current journal checkouts
  • Media checkouts (available to listen & view in-house only)
  • Tech Lending Item checkouts
Non-Salaried Clinical Faculty
Item Type Initial Checkout Period Maximum Checkout Period
Books 365 days 7 years
Bound Journals 28 days 7 months
Government Documents 28 days 7 months
Media Materials 10 days 2 months
Tech Lending Items 24 hours 24 hours
Books from Circuit 28 days 4 months
Interlibrary Loan (other UCs) 90 days 1 year
Interlibrary Loan (non UCs) Variable Variable

Max items checked out: 500 (including 20 Circuit items)

Additional Details

  • Eligibility for privileges will be confirmed with the School of Medicine.
  • Complete the Request a Community Borrower Card form.
  • Show valid government issued photo identification.

Privileges do not include:

  • Off-campus access to electronic resources (articles, online journals, databases, e-books)
  • Building access to the Overnight Study Commons
  • Access to protected Wi-Fi (guest Wi-Fi is available)
  • Current journal checkouts
Immediate family (18+) of UC Non-Salaried Clinical Faculty
Item Type Initial Checkout Period Maximum Checkout Period
Books 90 days 21 months 
Bound Journals 28 days 7 months
Government Documents 28 days 7 months
Media Materials Library Use Only Not Eligible
Tech Lending Items Not Eligible  Not Eligible
Books from Circuit 28 days 4 months
Interlibrary Loan (other UCs) Not Eligible Not Eligible 
Interlibrary Loan (non UCs) Not Eligible Not Eligible

Max items checked out: 200 (including 20 Circuit items)

Additional Details

Contact us at LibraryBorrowing @ucsd.edu or by phone at (858) 534-0134 for further registration details.

Privileges do not include:

  • Off-campus access to electronic resources (articles, online journals, databases, e-books)
  • Building access to the Overnight Study Commons
  • Access to protected Wi-Fi (guest Wi-Fi is available)
  • Current journal checkouts
Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) Staff
Item Type Initial Checkout Period Maximum Checkout Period
Books 28 days 7 months
Bound Journals Library Use Only Not Eligible 
Government Documents 28 days 7 months
Media Materials Library Use Only Not Eligible 
Tech Lending Items Not Eligible  Not Eligible
Books from Circuit 28 days 4 months
Interlibrary Loan (other UCs) Not Eligible  Not Eligible 
Interlibrary Loan (non UCs) Not Eligible  Not Eligible 

Max items checked out: 25 (including 20 Circuit items)

Additional Details

Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) Staff not otherwise affiliated with UC San Diego qualify for free UC San Diego Library checkout privileges.

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

  • Complete the Request a Community Borrower Card form.
  • Show a valid California driver's license, California identification card, or a current passport.
  • Provide a current, valid identification card from VAMC.

Privileges do not include:

  • Off-campus access to electronic resources (articles, online journals, databases, e-books)
  • Interlibrary Loan services
  • Building access to the Overnight Study Commons
  • Access to protected Wi-Fi (guest Wi-Fi is available)
  • Current journal checkouts
  • Media checkouts (available to listen & view in-house only)
  • Tech Lending Item checkouts