Where can I find...

A guide to services of the UC San Diego Library and beyond.

Geisel = Geisel Library Building
BLB = Biomedical Library Building



Academic Integrity Tutorials
AIO Integrity Tutorial (click on Courses)  |  Library Plagiarism tutorial

Accessing library databases/course reserves from off-campus
For assistance, contact ACMS Help Desk at 858.534.2267 or acms-help@ucsd.edu

Acronyms and Abbreviations
campus | library

ACMS computer labs
Library Software | account information | lab locations/software | printing

Active Learning Lab
Geisel East Commons 

Add/Drop cards
Registrar | adding/dropping a class

Adjustable-Height Workstation/Table
Geisel East Commons

Alumni (library card)
Eligibility | Library Card

Annex (see also SRLF)
Off-campus library storage facility. Anyone may request an item held at the Annex for delivery to The UCSD Library. Library card holders should use the REQUEST feature in Roger. Other users may request from the Annex using the owning library's request form. | Annex Request Form

Birch Aquarium | Gilman Parking Structure | Price Center | RIMAC | Student Center |Thornton Hospital | Torrey Pines Center South

Automobile assistance -- (see Motorist Assistance Program)

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Geisel East Commons Vending Machine |  UCSD Bookstore | Sunshine Market

Catalog  |  UC San Diego Faculty Authors

Books on tape
None in the Library; try public libraries

UCSD Bookstore

Borrowing Privileges and Eligibility

Building codes

Building locations (online map)

Bulletin board/posting requests
Campus postings: Geisel East Commons | BLB Entrance (see guidelines on the board)
Community events (Geisel West): see Dolores Davies


Media Desk, Geisel 1st Floor West | Also see Tech Lending Program

Carillon (bells)

Catalog (Roger)

Imprints@Geisel (for copy cards only) | Bookstore counter | Price Center Game Room | Gilman parking structures


Children's books
Geisel 7th Floor, call number range PZ5 - PZ90

Citation Linker
If you already have a journal or book citation, use this to find availability in the Library

Class schedules

Classrooms, Library
Events Room (BLB 111)
Library Classrooms 3 & 4: Biomedical Library Building, 1st Floor
Lou Dunst Classroom (classroom 1) & Library Classrooms 2: Geisel Library, 2nd Floor
Events Room (Geisel 1st Floor East)

Collaborative Study Space
Geisel East Commons | Geisel West Commons  | Geisel 1st Floor West | BLB (1st Floor)

Computer access for guests
Internet access for the public is available on some library computers, subject to the library computer use policy.  Guest access to computers in the Geisel West Commons area available during Research Assistance Desk hours.  If you bring your own laptop, you can connect to the UCSD Guest wireless network (no access to Library online resources)

Computer repair
ACMS Trouble Report | UCSD Bookstore Computer Repair Service

Copy card dispensers, Imprints
BLB (1st Floor) | Geisel (near printers in 1st Floor Tunnel, Main Floor near Information Desk, and across from Imprints window) | Imprints@Geisel (cash; check; credit card with $5 minimum)

Course catalog
Current edition | 2001-current
1961-2007 via UCSD Library Digital Collections
1984-85 and 1991-current via CollegeSource (available only within library)
1961-last year, available in Geisel West Commons [XF 2438]

Course readers
Alternative to soft reserves: located at 3970 Sorrento Valley Blvd. Suite G | 800.200.3908 or 858.552.1120 | website

Course reserves
Search by Course (catalog)  |  Search by Professor (catalog)
Concurrently enrolled Extension students must obtain a Concurrent Enrollment Computer (AX) account to access course reserves.

Course webpages

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Data & GIS Lab
Geisel West Commons

Digital Media Lab
Geisel East Commons

Directions to Library Buildings

Disabilities, Library Services for Individuals with
General information

Dissertations, UCSD
Roger genre search: "dissertations--academic--ucsd--subject"

Donating books to the Library
Information Desk | Gift Policy

Dr. Seuss Collection

DVD-RW drives
All Windows PCs in Geisel and BLB (exceptions: Infostations & Dell computers in Geisel West Commons)

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English language instruction books
Roger subject search: "english language textbooks for foreign speakers"

Escort, Campus Safety
Call 534-WALK (9255) for a safety escort after sunset.  More info at  blink.ucsd.edu/go/cso

Extension students (and concurrently enrolled students) information
Services | UCSD Extension | University City Center Learning Facility
Extension students are not eligible for ACMS accounts or off-campus access to databases
Computer Lab for Extension students and reduced costs for printing/copying are available at the University City Center Learning Facility

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Faculty Salaries -- see, Salary Books, UC

Fax machine
Imprints window in Geisel East Commons | Imprints at the Price Center (in the Bookstore, near Perks)

Fines, Library

Flash drives
Geisel East Commons Desk  | Media Desk, Geisel 1st Floor West |  Also see Tech Lending Program

Floor plans
BLB 1st floor | BLB 2nd floor | Geisel Library

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Geisel building information
Self-guided tour brochure available at Information Desk

Gender Inclusive Restrooms
2 single-occupancy restrooms located on Geisel’s 8th Floor, near water fountains (not ADA compliant)

Gifts/Donations of Library Materials

GIS Lab (Geisel West Commons) | Social Sciences Building

Government documents
Geisel West Commons

Group study rooms

Group viewing rooms
Geisel 1st Floor West

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Media Desk, Geisel 1st Floor West | see Tech Lending Program

High-Tech Collaboration Table
Geisel East Commons 

History of UCSD

Hole punch
BLB Front Desk | BLB Commons | Geisel East & West Commons  | Information Desk | Research Assistance Desk | Media Desk

Hours, Library

Hydration Stations
Geisel East Commons | Geisel West Commons | Geisel 1st Floor West | Geisel 6th Floor | Geisel 8th Floor | BLB 1st Floor (near restrooms)

Image Collections

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Laminating service
Imprints at the Price Center (in the Bookstore, near Perk's)

Language Lab (Linguistics)
AP&M, room 3432A  |  catalog

Laptops for check-out
BLB Front Desk (UCSD only)

Lecture notes

Library, UCSD
Borrowing Privileges and Eligibility
Also: Career Services Center | Cross-Cultural Center | LGBT Resource Center | Women's Center | San Diego area libraries

Library contacts
Administrative contacts  | Subject librarians

Library of Congress (LC) call numbers
Classification Outline | How to read LC call numbers

Library Software

Geisel 1st Floor West (limited to graduate students) | Lockers for Commuter Students

Lost and found
Geisel Front Desk | UCSD Campus Police Department

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Campus | Library Floor Plans
Print copies available at the Information Desk

MatLab software (see also Library Software)
ACMS Labs (Contact ACMS for updated locations)

Media Desk
Geisel 1st Floor West

Media Viewing Stations
Geisel 1st Floor West

Microform readers/printers
Geisel West Commons

Molecular model sets
Not available at the Library.  UCSD ACSSA lists sales under events. If none listed, contact them.

Motorist Assistance Program

New Books

New Writing Series
Audio tapes and podcasts in Mandeville Special Collections.

Notary Public

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The services offered by the Newspaper Room of the SD Public Library include searching for and producing obituaries and articles from the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Off-Campus Access
For assistance, faculty & staff contact ACT Help Desk at 858.534.1853 or acthelp@ucsd.edu.
For assistance, students contact ACMS Help Desk at 858.534.2237 or acms-help@ucsd.edu.

Office Hours
TAs and instructors wishing to meet with students on a regular or ad hoc basis are invited to do so in Geisel Library or Biomedical Library Building.  See details.                        Back to Top


Paper cutter
Geisel 1st Floor West | Geisel West Commons (near photocopier)

Parking for visitors

PC Availability in/near the library
No ACMS printing is available in the Library. Library printers: use UCSD account or guest iAccess card.

Pencil sharpener
Geisel Front Desk | Geisel 1st Floor West | Geisel West Commons

BLB (all floors) | Geisel Library (all floors) | Imprints at Price Center (Bookstore, near Perk's) | Campus Services Center (Imprints at Geisel does only departmental copy work using an index number)

Photocopiers, color
BLB | Imprints at Price Center (Bookstore, near Perk's) | Campus Services Center (Imprints at Geisel does only departmental copy work using an index number)

Photocopiers, large format and auto sheet feeders
Imprints at the Campus Services Center

Popular Science Collection

Postal services

Presentation Practice Rooms
BLB | Geisel East Commons

Library printers: use UCSD account or guest iAccess card
Geisel locations: Geisel 1st Floor West | West Commons | East Commons
For more information see Paying for Prints and Copies in the Library

Printing, Color
BLB | Geisel Tunnel Lab (1st Floor) | Geisel West Commons | Geisel East Commons

Printing, Laptop

Printing, 3D
Digital Media Lab, Geisel East Commons | Various campus labs

Proctoring service
UCSD Extension Butch Parreno or Debbie McAuliffe (404 Camino Del Rio South, Ste 102), 619.260.3069, unex-proctor@ucsd.edu

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(form only accepts UCSD email address)

Puzzles and Games
Geisel East Commons | Geisel West Commons


Research assistance

Restaurants on campus
Dining Services | University Centers

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Salary books, UC
Official title is "UC Compensation Report" (online 2010-current) | Also availalbe online via the Sacramento Bee database (catalog) | For further information on faculty salaries, please contact Kelly Maheu, Academic Affairs.

SAS Statistical Software
Data & GIS Lab [UCSD only; only Datacruncher (ask for login info at RAD)]

BLB  |  Geisel West Commons (large format)  |   Geisel East Commons | some ACMS labs  |  Imprints in Geisel Library (color scanning to USB: users can provide their own USB or can purchase a 4GB USB from Imprints)

Seuss Collection

Seuss Room
Meeting room located in alcove east of Special Collections & Archives in Geisel 2

Shuttle and bus services

SIO Archive (By appointment spcoll@ucsd.edu)

Slide collection -- see Image Collections

Soft reserves

Sorority/fraternity sign-in book
Research Assistance Desk (Geisel West Commons) (top of reference collection shelving)

Special Collections (UCSD) Request System

SPSS Statistical Software
Data & GIS Lab  |  ACMS Labs Sequoyah 142 and SSB (restricted access) | (Contact ACMS for updated locations)

Off-campus storage facility for UC libraries (Irvine, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara). Items may be requested for delivery by any current UC student/staff/faculty (use Melvyl)

BLB Front Desk | BLB Commons Desk | Geisel East & West Commons Desks | Information Desk | Research Assistance Desk | Media Desk

Stapler, Heavy Duty (for 20+ pages)
BLB Front Desk | Information Desk | Media Desk

Stata/SE Statistical Software
Data & GIS Lab  |  ACMS Labs Sequoyah 142 and SSB (restricted access) | (Contact ACMS for updated locations)

Stuart Collection
Guide available at Information Desk and online

Student employment opportunities in Library
Postings listed in Student Personnel Office window (Geisel East Commons) | View & apply online through Student Job Resources (Port Triton)

Study areas
Quiet Study: Geisel 4th-8th floors | BLB 2nd floor
Additional Library Study Space | Commuter Concourse | University Centers Lounges | Campus Study Locations

Suggestions for Library
Drop box between Information Desk and Research Assistance Desk (Geisel West Commons) | Online Suggestion form

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BLB Front Desk | BLB Commons Desk | Geisel East Commons Desk | Information Desk | Research Assistance Desk | Media Desk

Technology Lending Program inventory
Geisel Media Desk, Geisel East Commons Desk

Telephone, campus
In Geisel: Blue hall between Information Desk and Special Collections & Archives | Hall near Imprints on Geisel East Commons | Geisel Tunnel Lab

Telephone, public
Outside entrance to Geisel Library | Other Campus locations

UCSD Spaces | Library Course Reserves | UCSD Bookstore (Rent Textbooks)
Other sources include online retailers such as Amazon

Tours, Campus
Prospective Students| Visitors/General Public

Tours, Geisel Library

Tutoring service


None on campus (try Kinko's or public libraries)

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UCSD, History of

UCSD Guardian (UCSD newspaper)
Guardian website (2000- ) | Microfilm (1967- ) (Geisel West Commons)

UCSD Student Newspapers (part of our digital collections)

Unisex Restrooms
2 single-occupancy restrooms located on Geisel 8th Floor, near water fountains, not ADA compliant

University Readers, see Course Readers

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Vending machines
Price Center, beverages only | UCSD Dining Services Late Night Dining options (until 1am)

Vending machines (school supplies)
Located in Geisel East hallway (near Front Desk), accepts only Triton Cash, no cash/credit cards
Report problems to asservices@ucsd.edu and asessentials@ucsd.edu

Visitor information
Library services | Parking

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Water fountains
Near each restroom
Hydration Station (water bottle filler) on Geisel East Commons | Geisel West Commons | Geisel 1st Floor West | Geisel 6th Floor | Geisel 8th Floor | BLB 1st Floor (near restrooms)

Left of the Geisel East Commons Desk

Wheelchair-Accessible Workstations
near copiers behind Info Desk | Geisel Tunnel Lab (login required; adjustable height) | near Media Desk

All group study rooms
Markers/erasers available for checkout: BLB Front Desk |  Geisel Front Desk | Media Desk  | Geisel East Commons Desk 

Whiteboards, Roving (mobile)
Geisel East & West Commons, Geisel's 1st Floor West & 1st Floor East
Personal whiteboards also available on Geisel's 1st & 2nd Floors

Wireless access
Throughout the Library buildings | Network status | Wireless FAQ
UCSD Protected--Encrypted wireless network for UCSD students, faculty, and staff
UCSD Guest--Wireless access for guests (no access to library online resources)

Workshops, Library

Writing Centers
UCSD | College-based resources

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