Welcome to the Library
This page is intended to help you get started using the library. At your orientation, I will only have a few minutes to tell you many things. In order to make you familiar with the library, let me suggest you do a little exploring - on your own or with a new friend.
Have questions? Contact your personal librarian, Karen Heskett, at (858) 534-1199 or by email.
Explore the Library with a buddy (real or imagined works) and learn more about The Library with a fun little LibraryGo game. Participants will have a chance to will a prize. Click here to play LibraryGo.
Biomedical Library Building
We're located on the School of Medicine campus, directly west of the Biomedical Sciences Building. It offers a graduate study room which is available 24 hours a day as well as smaller group study spaces throughout the library. These rooms are reservable up to 2 weeks in advance.
Wireless is available throughout the building. Sign on the guest network or better yet, register for the "UCSD Protected" network to access all of the library resources. Details for registering can be found at ACMS Wireless Overview.
Your UCSD photo ID card will be your library card and the barcode on the back is your library card number. Many of your text books are available electronically through the library. But if you need something we don't have, with the barcode and your PIN, you can request books from other San Diego libraries (SDSU's collection might be helpful) or even other UC libraries. Additionally, you can also manage your library account online including renewing books or checking items you have through the request (or interlibrary loan) process.
Access from Home
Much of our library collections are now available online - thousands of electronic journals, books, databases, image resources, etc., -- almost everything -- is available from home if you set up your home computer for "remote access." You'll be able to do this when you get your username and password for UCSD e-mail. Our Off-Campus Access page provides links for setting up either the VPN.
Troubleshooting Note: be sure to use the "allthruucsd" connection of the VPN.
Your personal librarian (Karen) is available to help with finding resources for your PBL curriculum work or help you with your research projects. Even in the dark of night, you are not alone; if you have questions, use our 24/7 Chat service.