Following local and federal public health guidelines, the GTU campus will extend building closure and remote operations through May 3, 2020. Learn more and access the latest, most up-to-date COVID-19 resources, policies, and news for faculty, students, and staff of the GTU here>>

Remote Resources for the GTU Library

Current Library Status:

The GTU Library is currently closed to all but essential personnel in compliance with a Shelter-In-Place Order issued on March 16, 2020.  However, the Library continues to provide access to digital resources and provide remote services to our academic communities. 

Librarians are still available for help and online resources are available. We have extended all due dates of materials so nothing is due during the closure. New due dates will appear in your library account.

Extended due dates: No items will be due while we are closed, we have extended all due dates. Please login to your library account to see these changes. However, if you are leaving the bay area, the book return at 2400 Ridge Road is available for drop off of items.



Reference Help:

Librarians are available via chat on this page 11a- 7pm M-T, 10a - 5p M-F and on email at

We can also meet with you on zoom by appointment, email us to set up a time. Note: Friday, 4/10 is a holiday, we will not be on chat.

Please do not call the reference desk as we are working remotely.


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.

Using Summon to Find Library Resources Online (quick tutorial)

Finding Journals and Articles by Citation (quick tutorial)

Guide for Distance Research

Open-Access Resources

Print items and ILL services are not available at this time.

Please note: during these times, many publishers are allowing free access to their resources, please see the link below. 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.

Berkeley Public Library

Alameda County Library

Contra Costra County Library

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.


Login information: 

Students, use your last name and library barcode number to login. 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


GTU At Home Book Club

Hosted by Stephanie Miller (SFTS Branch Librarian).

Join your fellow faculty, staff, and students to quickly socialize, share what we're reading, and to spend some quiet time together reading quietly. This will follow the pattern of the "Silent Book Club," in which folks spend about 15-20 min socializing, showing everyone what they're reading, and then we read our own books silently.

Wednesdays at 12:30pm  Join in zoom meeting number: 510-649-2501

Open to all, no RSVP required, join any time!

More about at home book clubs:

Questions? Email Stephanie