Borrowing Privileges

Borrowing Privileges

To borrow material from the UCSF Library, a valid UCSF Library Borrower Account and adherence to the Library's Borrowing Rules is required.

Obtain a Library Borrower Account

UCSF personnel and students

  • Apply by telephone at (415) 476-2336.
  • Apply at a Service Desk at Parnassus or Mission Bay.
  • Your campus-wide ID barcode number may be requested.

Non-UCSF personnel

  • Apply in person, at a Service Desk at Parnassus or Mission Bay.
  • Before coming in, contact the Parnassus Service Desk at (415) 476-2336 or the Mission Bay Service Desk at (415) 514-4060 to ensure you have all required identification.

Free Borrower Accounts

Free borrower accounts are available to:

  • Faculty, currently enrolled students, and staff of the University of California, including retired employees and emeriti.
  • Faculty and librarians from accredited institutions of higher learning in California.
  • Health professionals licensed by a California state professional or vocational board, including retired individuals, who reside in the nine Bay Area counties.
  • Dues paying members of UC alumni associations.
  • Immediate family, over the age of 18, of faculty and staff of the University of California.
  • Certificate employees of California public schools.
  • Stanford University faculty, academic staff, and currently enrolled graduate students.

Fee-based Borrower Accounts

Obtain a Borrower Account by becoming a UCSF Library Associate.

  • Library Associates have a special interest in libraries.
  • Library Associates contribute to the UCSF Library's mission to advance science, foster excellence in teaching and learning, and promote health.

Benefits include:

  • borrow up to 5 circulating items at a time
  • access to the online ProQuest Research Library including selected full-text journals (off-campus only) 
  • invitations to special library events
  • public computer access beyond the usual 2 hour limit (inquire at Service Desk)


  • U.S. residents 18 years or older with a valid California ID: $100.00/year.
  • Registered degree program students of California State University or Community College Systems: $20.00/6 months, $40.00/year.

Other Fee-Based Borrower Accounts

Corporate Borrowers: Up to 3 one-year cards at $100.00 each.

More Information

Contact the Parnassus Service Desk by email or phone (415) 476-2336.