Libraries and Journals

Expand your horizons with access to UCSF libraries and a selection of journals.

Libraries and Journals

UCSF is home to two library facilities – the Kalmanovitz Library on Parnassus Avenue and the Mission Bay library. UCSF alumni can gain free in-person access to both libraries and all the resources they contain, including free full text articles and books. Alumni are also eligible for limited online library access

Alumni must present their UCSF Alumni Membership Card at the library to receive a library card with borrowing privileges of up to five circulating items at a time. Request your UCSF Alumni Membership Card.

Additionally, alumni have access to the Makers Lab whenever the space is open. (Don't forget to bring your UCSF Alumni Membership Card!). Alumni who do not have MyAccess credentials but would like to reserve equipment, register for a pop-up, or volunteer should send a message from their UCSF Alumni email account to [email protected], and a staff member will be ready to assist.

Electronic Journals, Magazines, and Newspapers

UCSF Library gives alumni access to UCSF’s online journals in-library only. Outside of the library buildings, UCSF alumni may access ProQuest, a subscription-based digital collection of thousands of peer-reviewed journals, magazines, and newspapers licensed by the UCSF Library for our alumni community. Request access to ProQuest. 

Additional online library databases are available without UCSF login.

The Medical Heritage Library

The UCSF Library is collaborating with four other preeminent medical libraries on a project to digitize and make publicly accessible state medical journals. 

Visit the Medical Heritage Library (MHL) site to explore its substantial digital collection of American state medical-society journals, including 117 titles from 46 states, spanning 100 years of science.

Archives and Special Collections

The UCSF archives in the Kalmanovitz Library is open to the public by appointment and houses extensive physical archives and free and public online digital collections including the “Synapse” archive, UCSF yearbooks, and special collections.

The archives also hosts lectures and exhibits, and the “Brought to Light” blog.

Access to other UC Libraries 

In addition to all these resources, UCSF Alumni may be eligible for other UC library privileges. Policies vary from campus to campus, so please contact the UC campus to obtain their requirements. 

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