Services for Persons with Disabilities

The UC San Diego Library is committed to providing access to library materials, programs, and services for all users. The Library will make every effort to accommodate reasonable requests from users with disabilities. If your disability is not readily discernible, please identify yourself as having a disability when seeking assistance.

Some disability support services are available to all library users and others are limited to UC faculty, students, and staff.


Accessible parking for library users with disabled placards is available in various locations on campus. Contact the Transportation Services at (858) 534-4223 for details. For specific information about Geisel Library parking for library users with disabilities, contact the Geisel Library Front Desk at (858) 534-0134.

Building Access

All UC San Diego library buildings have electronic doors, elevators if multilevel, and accessible restrooms. Contact front desk staff at Geisel Library (858-534-0134) or the Biomedical Library building (858-534-3253) for further assistance.

Locating Materials & Information

If a disability prevents you from using keyboards to search online catalogs and/or using other library equipment or resources, library staff can assist you. Contact in advance to make arrangements, or library staff time available to assist you may be limited or not be immediately available due to staffing or workload considerations.

Retrieving Materials

Library staff can retrieve known items (print material not currently checked out) from library shelves or other areas inaccessible to you. Whenever possible, contact front desk staff at Geisel Library (858-534-0134) or the Biomedical Library building (858-534-3253) in advance to make arrangements. Same day retrieval and/or number of items retrieved per day may be limited due to staffing or workload considerations.

When retrieval is not possible within 2 hours, particularly evenings & weekends, staff will make arrangements with you to have the material ready for pick up at the library’s front desk the next working day.

Proxy Borrowing Privileges

Library users with valid UC San Diego Library borrowing privileges may designate another individual as a proxy to borrow materials for them if temporary or permanent disability prevents visiting the Library in person. Contact the Geisel Library front desk staff (858-534-0134) in advance to make arrangements.

Office for Students with Disabilities

Registered UC San Diego students are eligible for assistance from the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD). OSD has equipped a computer room in the Geisel Library building (2nd/Main Floor East, Room 2069) with adaptive equipment. OSD provides training for users authorized by OSD to use the equipment. For access to the room, show your AFA letter at the Geisel Front Desk. For other details on the OSD Room and other campus services for students, contact OSD at (858) 534-4382 (voice) or at (858) 534-9709 (TTY).

Other Accommodations or Questions

Patrons with disabilities whose needs are not addressed here or who have specific library access questions should contact:

Kymberly Goodson
Geisel Library
9500 Gilman Drive 0175
La Jolla, California 92093-0175
Voice: (858) 534-1271

For information, questions, or concerns about UC San Diego campus access or guidelines, refer to the UC San Diego Disability Services web page.