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Can I check out books this semester?

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January 2021 Update: Due to the latest shelter-in-place order, library and media center checkouts and returns may be requested by appointment only. The Libraries will prioritize purchasing ebooks or scanning our physical collections before considering a physical checkout appointment. Requests will be fulfilled only when digitized versions are unavailable or insufficient. Please check‚Äč for latest updates.


Yes. Books, videos, and magazines may be placed on hold and picked up during scheduled pickup hours:

Meyer Library (Oakland): Wednesday, 11am-1pm

Simpson Library (San Francisco): Thursday, 11am-1pm

Holds may take up to a week to become available as staff availability and inter-office mail are limited. Once available, items will be held for 14 days. Complete instructions for placing and picking up holds may be found here: