There are a few ways to access online library resources from off-campus. We recommend using the campus VPN to access these resources. UCSC students, faculty, emeriti, and staff with a current library account are eligible for the remote access service.
If you are planning to use the OCA proxy option, your library barcode number acts as your log in, and must be activated with the library before you can use this service. You may activate your library barcode number in the following ways:
For more information and to log in, please refer to the Off Campus Access page.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service available to all affiliated UC faculty, staff and students (refer to the Patron Borrowing Categories page to verify eligibility).
For more information, please refer to the ILL webpage.
The library loans out the following equipment:
These items check out for four hours, are renewable in person at either Circulation Desk, and can be checked out overnight.
A borrower may request to have a currently checked out item held at either Circulation Desk when it is returned. Staff will notify the requesting patron through email or U.S. Mail once the item is available.
For more information, please visit the Place A Hold webpage.
When a hold is placed on a checked out item, a Recall notice is sent to the patron requesting they return the item by a certain date. A recall can change the due date on checked out items. All patrons are guaranteed a 14-day loan period for most items in the circulating collections. After an item has been borrowed for 14 days, it may be subject to immediate recall. Items recalled for Reserves or Interlibrary Loan will be given a 7-day loan period.
If a borrower cannot locate an item on the shelves, he/she may request that a search for the item be performed by staff.
Checked out items may be renewed if no holds or recalls have been placed on them by another borrower or the UCSC Reserves unit.
Renewals may be accomplished:
When an item is renewed by a patron on-line, by phone or in person, the borrower is certifying that the items being renewed are in their possession and in good condition.
For more information, please refer to the Renew An Item webpage.