Mission Bay Library FAQ

Mission Bay Library FAQ


  • Can I return books from the Parnassus Library to the Mission Bay Library?

    Yes, books checked out from the Parnassus Library can be returned to the Mission Bay Library.

  • Can I have books from Parnassus sent to me at Mission Bay?

    Yes, you may use Book Delivery service to have a book or bound journal sent from the Parnassus Library to the Mission Bay Library.

  • Can I have interlibrary loan book requests sent to the Mission Bay Library and pick them up there?

    When requesting a book from beyond UCSF (interlibrary loan,) you can choose Mission Bay as your pick-up location. Library staff will notify you once the book has arrived at Mission Bay.

  • Can I pay library fines at the Mission Bay Library?

    The Mission Bay Library does not accept payments. All in-person payments must be made at the Parnassus Campus Library.

  • Can faculty place materials on reserve in the Mission Bay Library?

    Yes, the Mission Bay Library can accommodate reserve materials. When putting materials on reserve, the Library encourages faculty to place the materials on electronic reserve, which makes the material more easily accessible to students.

  • Can I print from the computers in the Mission Bay Library?

    Yes, printing is available.

  • Can I use my copy card?

    Yes, the Mission Bay Library has a copier that uses copy cards purchased at the Parnassus Library. Value cannot be added at Mission Bay. 

  • What options are available for saving my work?

    USB flash drives can be used on the UCSF-only computers in the Computer Lab & Classroom. You may also burn a CD or temporarily save to the desktop, so you can email files. Public workstations do not offer flash drive or CD capabilities.

  • Is there wireless access?

    Yes, wireless internet is available to both UCSF affiliates and the public.

  • Are loaner laptops and iPads available for checkout?

    Technology lending is only available at the Parnassus Library.

  • Is there a computer classroom where I can teach classes?

    Yes, the Mission Bay Library features a Computer Lab & Classroom with Macintosh computers and an instructor's workstation. When it is not being used as a classroom, the lab is open for general computing to UCSF students, faculty, and staff.

  • Does the Library teach PubMed, EndNote, and other classes on the Mission Bay campus?

    The Library is currently teaching classes at Mission Bay by request. Please contact us if you'd like to schedule a class.

  • What if I need reference help from a librarian?

    Information assistance is available during most staffed hours at the Mission Bay Library. More extensive reference service is available at Parnassus.

  • Are there group study rooms on the Mission Bay campus?

    There are no rooms available for group use. View a list of alternate study spaces on the Mission Bay and Parnassus campuses.

  • What does FAMRI stand for?

    It's an acronym for the Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute (FAMRI) whose Board of Trustees were honored for their generous contributions to several important UCSF programs, including the MissionBay Library.