Borrowing Rules

Borrowing Rules

Borrow UCSF Library materials with a valid Library Borrower Account. Borrowers must adhere to all borrowing rules.

  • Borrower accounts are non-transferable.
  • Borrowers agree to comply with all Library regulations, including keeping track of due dates and ensuring Library has their current contact information.
  • UCSF affiliates may have up to 20 items on loan.
  • UC affiliates may have up to 10 items on loan.
  • All other borrowers may have up to 5 items on loan.

Loan Periods and Return of Materials


  • Circulating books: 6 weeks
  • Most Reserve materials: 2 hours*
  • Popular Reading titles: 4 weeks*
  • Books published before 1900: Non-circulating

* Available to UCSF affiliates only


  • Journals published from 1900 and more than 5 years old: 1 week
  • Journals published within the last 5 years: Non-circulating
  • Journals published before 1900: Non-circulating

Return of Materials

  • Borrowed items are due before closing time on the date due.
  • Return items to inside bins or overnight book drops located at both Parnassus and Mission Bay.
  • The Library is not responsible for items improperly returned.

Renewals and Recalls

Request renewals:

  • Renew items online (before due date)
  • in person at a Service Desk at Parnassus or Mission Bay,
  • or by telephone, (415) 476-2336 or (415) 514-4060.
  • Renew items from 5 days before the due date through the due date.
  • Maximum renewal: 5 times.

Non-renewable items:

  • Items which have been requested by another borrower.


  • Materials are subject to recall 14 days after the original check-out date.
  • Material needed for Course Reserves may be recalled immediately.
  • If recalled materials are not returned promptly borrowing privileges will be suspended.

Overdue Materials

  • When any borrowed item becomes overdue, borrowing privileges are automatically suspended.
  • Should an item become overdue in excess of 30 days a bill for its replacement ($30.00 or more for unbound journal issues; $70.00 or more for most books; and $35.00 or more for Popular Reading items) and an additional $20.00 processing fee will be issued.
  • If the item is returned before a replacement copy is ordered, the $20.00 processing fee will stand but the replacement fee will be canceled.
  • Reinstatement of borrowing privileges is contingent upon return of all late materials and/or payment of fees.
  • Outstanding charges may be referred to a collection agency after 30 days and registration blocks may be applied.

More Information

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