Welcome to the Library
This page is intended to help you get started using the library. You will visit the Biomedical Library building as part of your orientation, but if you want to explore in the meantime, please feel free to do so. Have questions? Contact your personal librarian, Karen Heskett, at (858) 534-1199 or by email.
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
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 core curriculum text books are available electronically through the library and those in print are often added to our Reserves shelf so everyone can share the book. With the barcode and your PIN, you can place a request for a checked out book and be on the waiting list for when it is returned, or you can request books from other San Diego libraries or even other UC libraries. Additionally, you can also manage your library account online including renewing books or checking items you have through interlibrary loan.
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 or proxy.
Note: if you want to use the resource Up to Date, set up 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.