Services for Individuals 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.

Computing & Furnishings

In addition to others throughout the library, wheelchair-accessible workstations are available in the following locations.  Those in wheelchairs have priority use of these stations, though others may also use them.

  • InfoStation (quick computing):  Near the copiers behind Geisel’s  Information Desk.
  • Productivity Stations (ACMS):  One in the far northwest corner of Geisel’s 1st Floor Tunnel Computing Lab, one near the Learning Commons Desk on Geisel's 2nd floor (login required; adjustable-height).
  • Media Viewing:  To the south (left) of the colored glass panels behind the Media Desk on Geisel’s 1st Floor West.

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. At times, immediate assistance may not be available due to staffing or workload considerations. When possible, contact in advance to make arrangements.

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.

At times, particularly during evenings and weekends, retrieval is not possible within two hours. In such cases, staff will make arrangements 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 (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).

Service Animals

Service animals, though not emotional support or therapy animals, are welcome in the UCSD Library.  In order to help maintain a pleasant, productive, and safe environment for all Library users and staff, service animals must be in physical proximity with their handler and under handler control at all times.  Service animals may not be left unattended by their handler at any time.  Please refer to the Library Guidelines for Individuals with Service Animals for more details.

Other Accommodations or Questions

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

Keith Langford
Geisel Library
9500 Gilman Drive 0175-N
La Jolla, California 92093-0175
Voice: (858) 534-1560

Kymberly Goodson ( or (858) 534-1271) can be contacted as a back-up.

Last updated:  KG, 9/4/14

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