Library facilities are open to those with UCSF ID, though selected spaces remain closed with services available remotely. See timeline for reopening.

Request an Item From Another Library

Due to COVID-19, Request/Interlibrary Loan services will be impacted. Borrowing and lending of physical materials (e.g., books and paper journals) will be suspended during the UCSF Library closure. Electronic borrowing and lending will not be affected.

It’s possible to borrow materials from libraries worldwide through interlibrary loan. The request process will vary depending upon your affiliation. The procedure for getting your item will be the same for all requests.


UCSF personnel and students with a current Library Borrower Account can request materials.

Make a request

Track or renew

To check the status of your request or renew a book, contact us.


Department of Public Health personnel at ZSFG can request materials.

Make a request

  • Provide a citation as complete as possible. The more information, the more likely we will be able to locate the item for you.
  • Supply your email address

Track or renew

To check the status of your request or renew a book send a message.

Getting your item

  • Most articles and book chapters are emailed within 4 working days
  • Most books are received within 4-7 days at the Parnassus Library service desk
  • Mission Bay and ZSFG delivery: items will be processed at Parnassus first, then sent to your preferred pickup location within 2-3 business days.
  • Fresno delivery: items will be processed at Parnassus first, then mailed to UCSF Fresno.
  • Laurel Heights delivery: items can be sent via UCSF shuttle. 


  • UC library system items are free
  • For items outside the UC system, our patrons can request 20 free articles/books per fiscal year (July – June)
  • If you’ve reached the 20-item limit, we’ll contact you to authorize pre-payment of $20 per additional request. We will only resort to a fee-based library if free options are unavailable. You will not be charged if we can’t get the requested item.

We’re here to help

Not sure where to begin or which way to make a request? Contact us.