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Remote Resources for the GTU Library

FAQ about the library closure

Yes! Librarians are happy to help. They are on chat (available from any library page, including this one) and on email: We are also availble by appointment.

For Fall semester, we will have a hybrid reference desk with a mix of in-person and online hours.

Yes! The book drop on the patio at the library in Berkeley and the SFTS book drop is at elevator entrance to Geneva Hall (between Scott & Geneva Halls). Both are unlocked and available 24/7.

We are opening by appointment only until Sept 3rd:  However, the majority of our services are available including curbside pickup of materials, scanning of print articles and non-circulating items, electronic resources (including thousands of ebooks), and of course, getting help from the librarians.


Log into your library account to see the due dates and you can renew them if you need more time. The book drop is open 24/7.

If you are in the Bay Area, we can gather items for you for curbside pick-up by appointment in Berkeley or San Anselmo. Information here:

Or if you are a GTU consortial student or affiliate, make an appointment and come on in.

All students (including new students) can use their student ID number to login and can create a PIN. If you don't know this number, it is listed in your course registration system or you can contact your registar.

Faculty, staff, visiting scholars, UC-Berkeley students & community borrowers: You will be assigned a library barcode. If you don't know this number, send an email to and we can help you out.

Current Library Status:

We are open for appointments on Tuesday October 27th, 2020 through Sept 3rd, 2021. Please see:

On Sept. 7th, 2021 we will open to the GTU consortia and affiliates. All individuals wishing to enter the building must show a school ID. If you have never had an ID, please contact your registrar to get started. If you had an ID and lost it, email for a replacement card. The front door will be locked, but a doorbell has been installed. Please have your ID ready to show at the door.

Community patrons, alumni, UCB students, and reciprocal borrowers may continue to use the curbside pickup services.

And the Library continues to provide access to digital resources and provide remote services to our academic communities, and many staff have switched to a hybrid schedule to support our community all over the world.


Reference Help:

Librarians are available via chat on this page and on email at

We can also meet with you on zoom by appointment, email us to set up a time.



GTU Library resources:

Begin in Summon (the search box on the library homepage) to type in a search. When the search results appear, use the left column to refine your search to "Full-Text Online" this will eliminate print resources, leaving online journal articles and e-books.

Fall 2021 Library Orientation

Finding Journals and Articles by Citation (quick tutorial)

Getting Started with Library Research Guide

Open-Access Resources

Curbside pick-up of remote learning materials (books, media, or dissertations) from GTU Library (Berkeley) or SFTS Library (San Anselmo)  (video)

Curbside pick-up of materials from UC-Berkeley

Scanning Services for GTU cardholders

Interlibrary Loan services

Please note: during these times, many publishers are allowing free access to their resources. If you have a citation that you cannot find online, please ask us and we can help you track it down.


Public Library Resources

Many public libraries have online access to interdisplinary academic and entertainment resources, well beyond what the GTU library provides, often you don't even need to live in that city to have a card. Typically, you would have to apply for a card in person but as public libraries are closed, many have options to get a card online. Ask us, if you have trouble locating this information. Many of these libraries are doing curbside or front-door pickup services.

Berkeley Public Library

Alameda County Library

Contra Costra County Library

Marin County Public Libraries

San Francisco Public Library


In-class instruction:

Faculty: we can teach a live instruction session in zoom for your class, showing your students how to search online and answer questions. This can be tailored to a particular assignment, or we can demonstrate specific resources, search strategies, and online tools.

Here is some information about Copyright and Online Teaching


Login information: 

Students, use your student ID or library barcode number to login, and create a PIN if you have not done so. Faculty and Staff, use your last name and barcode number. Can't get in? Email us!

Full access for special students: Some categories of people (like auditors) only had in-library access to materials like ebooks. For the duration of the semester the Library has extended full remote access to anyone sitting in on classes. If you or your stuents are in these categories, and don’t know how to login, please email