Current UC San Diego faculty, staff, and students may borrow library materials from the UC San Diego Library and libraries world wide. Your UC San Diego ID card is your library card.  Other patrons are eligible for borrowing privileges upon registration. See Library Cards & Loan Periods for details. 

You can check out items at the Front Desks of the Geisel or Biomedical Library Buildings or use the self-checkout machines located near the entrance in either building.

Request & Hold Books

Users can request UC San Diego Library items listed as “Available” in the online catalog, Roger, to be retrieved and held at the Self-Service Hold Shelves at Geisel and Biomedical Library Building (BLB), or delivered to SIO, if eligible. Please make sure that you have completed an SIO Waiver form and turned it in to the Library to be eligible for this service. Contact Amy Butros for details or questions.  Materials will be held for you for up to 7 days. Items held at the Annex from Special Collections & Archives will be made available for use within Geisel Library’s Special Collections & Archives unit during its hours.

  • Materials from Annex - Requests placed by Noon M-F will arrive the same day. Requests placed over the weekend will arrive by 3pm on Monday.
  • Materials from Geisel & BLB - You’ll receive a notice within 1 to 4 business days when the item is available for pick up.

Submit Your Request

  • For UC San Diego affiliates, locate the desired items in Roger and click the ‘Request’ link from the next screen.
  • For all other borrowers, use the Request Form
  • Non-cardholders may request items from the Annex to be used within the Library.  Email Annex staff to request them.

Scan Articles and Book Chapters (Document Delivery)

UC San Diego faculty, staff, and students can request copies of items from most of the library’s print collection free of charge, using one of the following options.  Requests will be delivered electronically to the email address provided within 2 business days of submission. Public patrons are not eligible for scanning of locally owned materials, unless they are held at the Annex, as noted below.

Scan Request from Roger

  • From the item’s record in the Library’s catalog, click the scan button in the right navigation menu.

Citation Linker

  • UCSD ID required.
  • Get immediate access to journal articles, books and other publications (or request them when they are not available) by entering a title and other citation information.

Request Form

  • UCSD ID NOT required.
  • All purpose request form used for delivery of UCSD and non-UCSD materials, books, book chapters and articles including items located at the Annex our off-site storage facility.

Public patrons
, UCSD faculty, staff, and students can have articles and book chapters from materials stored in the Annex, scanned and sent to their desktop free of charge. Annex services operate Monday through Friday. Requests placed by Noon M-F will be sent the same day. Requests placed over the weekend will be sent by 3pm on Monday.

  • Consult Roger before submitting a request, as the article you need may be available in an electronic format from the collection.

Borrow from Other Libraries

UC San Diego students, faculty, and staff may request books, articles, and other items that are not available at UC San Diego. Items obtained on loan usually arrive within 7 business days.  Articles are delivered electronically within 3 business days.  See the Interlibrary Loan service for more information.


Return materials at the Front Desks or at book return bins.  Bins are located outside Geisel Library’s front doors or outside the north and south entrances of the Biomedical Library Building. Additionally, drive-up return bins are located on Hopkins Drive, just west of Geisel Library.

Course Reserves Return

Course Reserves must be returned to the Front Desk from which the material was borrowed. After-hours book returns are located next to Geisel Library’s entrance. During Geisel Overnight Study Commons hours, course reserves may also be returned to the Geisel Front Desk book drop.


Renew UC San Diego Materials

  1. Go to My Library Account / Renew Items.
  2. Log in with the barcode on the back of your UC San Diego ID card.
  3. If this is the first time you login, you will need to create a pin. Do this by leaving the Enter your PIN box blank and click Submit. You will be prompted to create a new pin on the next screen.
  4. Check the box next to the item(s) you want to renew, and select the “Renew Checked Items” button.

You can also renew items at the Front Desk of the Geisel or Biomedical Library Buildings, or by calling 858-534-0134 (Geisel Library Building) or 858-534-3253 (Biomedical Library Building). Items with recalls or holds, or in fine status, cannot be renewed.

Renew Interlibrary Loan Materials 

Request renewal of your Interlibrary Loan materials by logging into My ILL Request service or by contacting ILL.

  1. Click My ILL Requests (some instructions below)
  2. Log in with the barcode on the back of your UC San Diego ID card.
  3. Renew the item(s).

Please submit renewal requests within one week before the due date. Renewal requests submitted after the item's due date may result in late fees. Allow 4 to 5 business days for a final response.



If another UC San Diego faculty, staff, or student needs an item that is checked out, he or she may recall the item. This will shorten the original loan period for the current borrower. 

Items may be recalled by using the Request feature in Roger, or by contacting the Front Desk of the Geisel or Biomedical Library Buildings. A recall notice will be sent to the current borrower indicating the new due date. The amount of time a user will be given to return a recalled item will vary by item type. A pickup notice will be sent to the requestor when the recalled item is available for pickup. If items are returned after the recall date they will be subject to overdue charges.

Who can recall materials?

UC San Diego students, faculty, and staff. Recall privileges are not available to Community Borrowers.

This doesn't seem fair. Why can my books get recalled?

Recalls are common in academic libraries. Instead of offering shorter loan periods to everyone (requiring you to renew your books every two weeks), we offer a longer loan period, with the caveat that the book may be recalled earlier if it is needed by another user.

I don’t want to inconvenience anyone else. Is there another option?

Yes! Instead of recalling books from other users, you can try requesting a copy from another library. Try Circuit for speedy service, or Interlibrary Loan, which usually takes about the same amount of time as waiting for your recall to come in.

My book got recalled. Can you make the other person request it through one of the alternatives above, instead?

Unfortunately not. We do our best to educate everyone about all the options, but once a request is made, it can’t simply be swapped for another copy at another institution. We can, however, help you request another copy.

Visit the Annex for On-Site Viewing

UCSD faculty, staff, and students needing to view large runs of journals or other items may visit the Annex (located in the Miramar area off Trade Street) in person between 8am and 2pm Monday through Friday by making an appointment in advance. Email desired date, arrival time, and a list of materials needed to or call (858) 653-6641. Materials are retrieved in advance and available in the reading room when you arrive. For safety reasons, browsing Annex shelves is not permitted.

Search for Missing Items

If you cannot find an item on the shelf and it is listed as “Available” in Roger, report it missing by contacting the Front Desk of the Geisel or Biomedical Library Buildings. Library staff will verify the item’s status and shelving location, and initiate a search request if the item cannot be located.

Check UC San Diego Email for Library Notices

The UC San Diego Library sends all notices via email. Library notices for UC San Diego faculty, staff, and students are sent to your official UC San Diego email address.

The Library is not responsible for notices that are not received. Failure to respond to notices can result in suspension of Library borrowing privileges and the assessment of Library fines and/or fees. If you do not receive Library notices, contact the Front Desk of the Geisel or Biomedical Library Buildings.