Access and Use

Access & Services

Contact Archives & Special Collections

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Archives & Special Collections
UCSF Library and Center for Knowledge Management
530 Parnassus Avenue San Francisco, CA 94143-0840
Attn: Polina Ilieva, UCSF Archivist

Phone: (415) 476-8112
Fax: (415) 476-4653

Map and directions to Parnassus Library - Archives is on the 5th floor.

Access Hours

The reading room is open by appointment only,  Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 9am - 12pm and from 1pm - 4pm.

Please check the schedule to make an appointment.


UCSF Archivist
Polina Ilieva
Phone: (415) 476-1024

Access and Collections Archivist
David Uhlich
Phone: (415) 476-8112

Processing Archivist
Kelsi Evans 
Phone: (415) 476-8112

Processing Archivist
David Krah 
Phone: (415) 476-8112

Fee Policy

The fee schedule provide rates for services to non-University of California clientele. Exceptions are noted.

UC Interlibrary Loan of Special Collections Materials

University of California special collections departments participate in a program to lend rare materials between the UC libraries. Patrons can request special collections materials from another UC campus via the interlibrary loan request system in Melvyl. Requests will be reviewed by the head of special collections at the lending library, on a case-by-case basis, to determine the rarity and condition of the item. Requests will be filled only if they can be met without damaging and/or endangering rare and unique materials. Materials loaned are generally non-manuscript materials in the form of books, pamphlets, serials, and microform. Requests may be filled by the provision of facsimile copies. Loaned rare materials must be used under supervision in the special collections reading room of the borrowing campus

Policy on Access and Use

The policy on access and use is intended to foster open intellectual inquiry within the context of the law, government regulation, institutional policy, and the ethics of the health and archival professions. It observes several guiding principles:

  • Respect for open intellectual inquiry
  • Protection of rights to privacy and proprietary information
  • Respect for donor agreements and institutional policy
  • Adherence to pertinent regulatory and legal codes
  • Preservation and maintenance of archival materials

Accessible Holdings and Holdings With Restrictions

A majority of the materials are open and accessible for research. However, certain categories of documentation carry restrictions on access. These categories include, but are not limited to, the following types of documentation:

  • Patient records
  • Records of research subjects
  • Proprietary documents (patents, technical licenses, and other forms of intellectual property)