Library spaces open to UCSF ID holders. 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 100 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: 7 days*
  • Popular Reading titles: 4 weeks*

* Available to UCSF affiliates and retirees only


  • Journals do not currently circulate. Scans may be requested for individual articles.

Renewals and Recalls

Request Renewals:


  • 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 two borrowed items becomes overdue, borrowing privileges are automatically suspended
  • For items more than 30 days overdue, a bill for its replacement will be issued:
    • $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, all fees 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