UCSF Libraries & Journals

UCSF Library

Visit the UCSF Library online at http://www.library.ucsf.edu/ or in-person at either of the Parnassus or Mission Bay Campuses.

Obtain free library privileges by presenting your alumni membership card (or your current State of California board license, if you are a State of California-licensed health care professional) at the main Service Desk at UCSF's Kalmanovitz Library (530 Parnassus Ave). You will be given a complimentary library card, which will provide you with basic checkout privileges to the UCSF Libraries.

History of UCSF, Special Collections and Synapse Online  

The UCSF library holds more than just books! Read about the history of UCSF from its origins in early San Francisco to its place today at the forefront of biomedical technology, research, education, and health care. Check out the library's Historic Photos from Special Collections, an online archive of over 1,800 historic photographs from special collections. Reminiscence over the online archives of Synapse, a student run weekly newspaper that began publishing in 1957 and which massed over 1,433 issues comprising of 12,592 pages and 48,443 articles in its time. 

"Brought to Light" Library Blog

The Brought to Light blog was set up to inform and educate users about new acquisitions and activities of the UCSF Archives and Special Collections. Here you will find updates on ongoing and completed projects; announcements of events and exhibits. It will also feature interesting and unique documents and items from our collections presented by archives staff and guest bloggers. Check out the blog here and share your ideas about collections you would like us to highlight!

Find more information about the Blog and the UCSF Archives & Special Collections here.

ProQuest Digital Research Library

ProQuest is a subscription-based digital collection of thousands of peer-reviewed journals, magazines and newspapers licensed by the UCSF Library for the alumni community. Access to ProQuest is available to UCSF alumni by clicking here. You must be logged in to the UCSF online alumni community to search ProQuest.

Free Electronic Journal Access

The UCSF Library is collaborating with four other preeminent medical libraries on a project to digitize and make publicly accessible state medical journals. The Medical Heritage Library (MHL), a digital resource on the history of medicine and health developed by an international consortium of cultural heritage repositories, has received funding in the amount of $275,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities for its proposal “Medicine at Ground Level: State Medical Societies, State Medical Journals, and the Development of American Medicine and Society.“ The project will create a substantial digital collection of American state medical society journals, digitizing 117 titles from 46 states, from 1900 to 2000, comprising 2,500,369 pages in 3,579 volumes. This resource will be freely accessible on the Internet Archive and through the library catalog.

You can find detailed information about this project on our blog.

UCSF Open Access Policy

The UCSF Academic Senate unanimously passed an Open Access Policy for UCSF at the May 21, 2012 Division Meeting. Read the press release at the UCSF News Center. For more information on the new Open Access Policy please click here.


The Teaching and Learning Center

The Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) opened in 2011 and is one of the first of its kind in the nation to foster the integration of telemedicine and simulation-based training of future doctors, dentists, physicians, nurses, pharmacists and physical therapists. The 22,000-square-foot center includes 12 high-tech classrooms and clinical exam rooms, 10 full body mannequin simulators, telemedicine facilities, and a computer lab and classroom.

Housed in the TLC, the Kanbar Center for Simulation, Clinical Skills and Telemdecine Education serves more than 2,500 students annually. The classrooms support small group learning and viewing of activities in the Kanbar Center and newly opened Anatomy Lab. The Tech Commons features a computer lab and multimedia workstations to assist students and faculty in preparing course materials. For more information regarding the Teaching and Learning Center, please click here.


UC Libraries

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. Call the UCSF Library Service Desk at (415) 476-2336 for more information. To see online library resources for UCSF Alumni, click here.