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Library Cards and Checkout Periods

Contact us with any questions or to help determine your eligibility.

 

Select your affiliation with the Library:

Undergraduates

Item Type Checkout Period
Maximum items checked out 200 (including 20 Circuit items)
Books 90 days, 6 renewals
Bound Journals 14 days, 6 renewals
Government Documents 28 days
Media Materials Library use only
(3 day checkout for National Merit/Regents Scholars)
Books from Circuit 28 days, 3 renewals

Graduate Students

Item Type Checkout Period
Maximum items checked out 500 (including 20 Circuit items)
Books 365 days, 6 renewals
Bound Journals 14 days, 6 renewals
Government Documents 28 days
Media Materials 7 days, 6 renewals
Books from Circuit 28 days, 3 renewals

Faculty/Academics

Item Type Checkout Period
Maximum items checked out 500 (including 20 Circuit items)
Books 365 days, 6 renewals
Bound Journals 14 days, 6 renewals
Government Documents 28 days
Media Materials 7 days, 6 renewals
Books from Circuit 28 days, 3 renewals

Immediate family (18+) of UC Faculty/Academics

Item Type Checkout Period
Maximum items checked out 200 (including 20 Circuit items)
Books 90 days, 6 renewals
Bound Journals 14 days, 6 renewals
Government Documents 28 days
Media Materials Library Use Only
Books from Circuit 28 days, 3 renewals

Managers & Senior Professionals (MSP) and Executive Series Employees

Item Type Checkout Period
Maximum items checked out 500 (including 20 Circuit items)
Books 365 days, 6 renewals
Bound Journals 14 days, 6 renewals
Government Documents 28 days
Media Materials 7 days, 6 renewals
Books from Circuit 28 days, 3 renewals

Staff

Item Type Checkout Period
Maximum items checked out 200 (including 20 Circuit items)
Books 90 days, 6 renewals
Bound Journals 14 days, 6 renewals
Government Documents 28 days
Media Materials 3 days, 6 renewals
Books from Circuit 28 days, 3 renewals

Immediate Family (18+) of UC Staff/Professional or Graduate Student

Item Type Checkout Period
Maximum items checked out 25 (including 20 Circuit items)
Books 28 days, 6 renewals
Bound Journals Library Use Only
Government Documents 28 days
Media Materials Library use only
Books from Circuit 28 days, 3 renewals

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
  • Media checkouts (available to listen & view in-house only)
  • Tech Lending Item checkouts

Library Staff

Item Type Checkout Period
Maximum items checked out 500 (including 20 Circuit items)
Books 365 days, 6 renewals
Bound Journals 14 days, 6 renewals
Government Documents 28 days
Media Materials 7 days, 6 renewals
Books from Circuit 28 days, 3 renewals

Immediate family (18+) of Library Staff

Item Type Checkout Period
Maximum items checked out 200 (including 20 Circuit items)
Books 90 days, 6 renewals
Bound Journals 14 days, 6 renewals
Government Documents 28 days
Media Materials Library Use Only
Books from Circuit 28 days, 3 renewals

Local Students and Educators

Item Type Checkout Period
Maximum items checked out 25 (including 20 Circuit items)
Books 28 days, 6 renewals
Bound Journals Library Use Only
Government Documents 28 days
Media Materials Library Use Only
Books from Circuit 28 days, 3 renewals

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.

  • Provide verification of enrollment in current term or current employment as an educator.
  • Complete UC San Diego Library Registration Form (PDF) and return it to LibraryBorrowing@ucsd.edu or in person to the main service desk at either UC San Diego Library location (Geisel Library or the Biomedical Library Building).
  • 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 checkout

Concurrently Enrolled UC San Diego Extension Students

Item Type Checkout Period
Maximum items checked out 200 (including 20 Circuit items)
Books 90 days, 6 renewals
Bound Journals 14 days, 6 renewals
Government Documents 28 days
Media Materials Library Use Only
Books from Circuit 28 days, 3 renewals

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 UC San Diego Library Registration Form (PDF) and return it to LibraryBorrowing@ucsd.edu or in person to the main service desk at either UC San Diego Library location (Geisel Library or the Biomedical Library Building).
  • Show valid government-issued photo identification.

More information about other services for Extension Students.

Visiting Scholars

Item Type Checkout Period
Maximum items checked out 100 (including 20 Circuit items)
Books 365 days, 6 renewals
Bound Journals 14 days, 6 renewals
Government Documents 28 days
Media Materials 7 days, 6 renewals
Books from Circuit 28 days, 3 renewals

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 the library card after registration at the Library.

  • Provide a letter on UC San Diego departmental letterhead with the visiting scholar's name and appointment status (Faculty or Graduate), start and end dates of the appointment, "chart string" (formerly Index number), and a departmental contact with phone extension.
  • Complete UC San Diego Library Registration Form (PDF) and return it to LibraryBorrowing@ucsd.edu or in person to the main service desk at either UC San Diego Library location (Geisel Library or the Biomedical Library Building).
  • Show valid government-issued photo identification.

California Residents - Community Borrowing Card

Item Type Checkout Period
Maximum items checked out 25 (including 20 Circuit items)
Books 28 days, 6 renewals
Bound Journals Library Use Only
Government Documents 28 days
Media Materials Library Use Only
Books from Circuit 28 days, 3 renewals

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

  • Show a valid California driver's license, California identification card, or current passport.
  • Make a donation of  $100 ($60 for seniors over 65 years of age) or more to a Library Fund.

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 Checkout Period
Maximum items checked out 25 (including 20 Circuit items)
Books 28 days, 6 renewals
Bound Journals Library Use Only
Government Documents 28 days
Media Materials Library Use Only
Books from Circuit 28 days, 3 renewals

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.

Those eligible include members of the UC San Diego Alumni Association or other UC Alumni Associations. Alumni who have made a philanthropic gift to UC San Diego during the past 12 months or are legacy Lifetime Alumni Association members are eligible for UC San Diego Library check out privileges. Gifts can be made at https://campaign.ucsd.edu/. Within 1-2 business days, you will receive an email confirmation and authorization for library privileges. Bring this letter to the main service desk at either UC San Diego Library location (Geisel Library or the Biomedical Library Building). Members of other UC Alumni Associations are also eligible with verification of current paid membership or donation.

  • Provide verification of UC Alumni status and current paid membership or recent donation.
  • Complete UC San Diego Library Registration Form (PDF) and return it to LibraryBorrowing@ucsd.edu or in person to the main service desk at either UC San Diego Library location (Geisel Library or the Biomedical Library Building).
  • 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 Checkout Period
Maximum items checked out 25 (including 20 Circuit items)
Books 28 days, 6 renewals
Bound Journals Library Use Only
Government Documents 28 days
Media Materials Library Use Only
Books from Circuit 28 days, 3 renewals

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
    • Members of the UC San Diego Board of Overseers
    • Other Groups by Special Arrangement
  • Complete UC San Diego Library Registration Form (PDF) and return it to LibraryBorrowing@ucsd.edu or in person to the main service desk at either UC San Diego Library location (Geisel Library or the Biomedical Library Building).
  • 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 Checkout Period
Maximum items checked out 500 (including 20 Circuit items)
Books 365 days, 6 renewals
Bound Journals 14 days, 6 renewals
Government Documents 28 days
Media Materials 7 days, 6 renewals
Books from Circuit 28 days, 3 renewals

Additional Details

Non-Salaried Clinical Faculty qualify for free checkout privileges.

  • Provide a letter from the sponsoring department verifying your appointment and its end date (to be used as the expiration date of your UC San Diego Library checkout privileges).
  • Complete UC San Diego Library Registration Form (PDF) and return it to LibraryBorrowing@ucsd.edu or in person to the main service desk at either UC San Diego Library location (Geisel Library or the Biomedical Library Building).
  • Show valid government-issued photo identification.

Immediate family (18+) of UC Non-Salaried Clinical Faculty

Item Type Checkout Period
Maximum items checked out 200 (including 20 Circuit items)
Books 90 days, 6 renewals
Bound Journals 14 days, 6 renewals
Government Documents 28 days
Media Materials Library Use Only
Books from Circuit 28 days, 3 renewals

Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) Staff

Item Type Checkout Period
Maximum items checked out 25 (including 20 Circuit items)
Books 28 days, 6 renewals
Bound Journals Library Use Only
Government Documents 28 days
Media Materials Library Use Only
Books from Circuit 28 days, 3 renewals

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 UC San Diego Library Registration Form (PDF) and return it to LibraryBorrowing@ucsd.edu or in person to the main service desk at either UC San Diego Library location (Geisel Library or the Biomedical Library Building).
  • 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

Corporate Membership Participants

Item Type Checkout Period
Maximum items checked out 25 (including 20 Circuit items)
Books 28 days, 6 renewals
Bound Journals 14 days, 6 renewals
Government Documents 28 days
Media Materials Library Use Only
Books from Circuit 28 days, 3 renewals

Additional Details

No on-site registration. Companies may join the Library’s Corporate Membership program. The Library offers two levels of Corporate Memberships, Subscriber Level of $1,500 annually for 20 cards and Benefactor of $10,000 annually for up to 500 cards. Membership does not grant remote access to electronic resources or Interlibrary loan services. For more information regarding this program, contact us at LibraryBorrowing@ucsd.edu, or 858-534-0134.

Other Groups by Special Arrangement

Item Type Checkout Period
Maximum items checked out 25 (including 20 Circuit items)
Books 28 days, 6 renewals
Bound Journals Library Use Only
Government documents 28 days
Media Materials Library Use Only
Books from Circuit 28 days, 3 renewals