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

Borrowing Rules

Patrons with a valid Library Borrower Account agree to the following:

  • 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 borrows may have 5 items on loan

Loan Periods


  • Circulating books: 90 days
  • Most Reserve materials: 2 hours*
  • Popular Reading titles: 4 weeks*

* Available to UCSF affiliates and retirees only


  • Circulating journals (published from 1900 and more than 5 years old): 1 week

Renewals and Recalls

Request Renewals:

  • Renew items online before due date (UCSF only)
  • In person at the Parnassus location
  • By telephone at (415) 476-2336
  • Renew items from 5 days before the due date through the due date
  • Items requested by another borrow cannot be renewed


  • Items are subject to recall 14 days after the original check-out date
  • Items 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
  • For items more than 30 days overdue, a bill for its replacement will be issued:
    • $30.00 or more for unbound journals
    • $70.00 or more for most books
    • $35.00 or more for Popular Reading items
    • An additional $20.00 processing fee will be issued for all of the above
  • 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
  • Borrowing privileges will be restored after return of all late materials and/or payment of all fees
  • Outstanding charges may be referred to a collection agency after 30 days, and registration blocks may be applied