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Remote Resources for the GTU Library

FAQ about the library closure

Yes! Librarians are working from home. They are on chat (available from any library page, including this one) and on email:

Chat hours are 9a-4p Monday-Friday.

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.

Note: We are quarantining materials for 7 days, and items will remain on your account during that time. Don't worry, you will not be charged fines during that time.

We are opening by appointment only:  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 new due dates. We automatically extended due dates to Dec. 11th, 2020, so your books won't be due before then, 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 pick-up by appointment in Berkeley or San Anselmo. Information here:

All students (including new students) can use their student ID number to login. 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:

The GTU Library is currently closed in compliance with a Shelter-In-Place Order issued on March 16, 2020.  We are begin opening for limited appointments on Tuesday October 27th. Please see:

However, the Library continues to provide access to digital resources and provide remote services to our academic communities, and most staff will continue working remotely.

Extended due dates: We have extended all due dates and materials are due at the earliest on Dec. 11th, 2020. Please login to your library account to see these changes. The book drops in Berkeley and San Anselmo are open for your returns. If you need more time with your materials, they can be renewed online.


Reference Help:

Librarians are available via chat on this page 9a - 4p M-F and on email at

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

Please do not call the reference desk as we are continuing to work 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.

Fall 2020: Using the library from home (video)

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 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