To borrow materials from the UCSB Library, you must have a valid library card.  


Your Access Card also functions as a library card. Once you are officially registered with the university, your library privileges are automatically activated.

Faculty and Staff

Bring your staff Access Card to the UCSB Library Services Desk and fill out an application. Your Access Card will then serve as your library card.  If you do not have an Access Card, you will be issued a library card.

Extension Students

Bring your receipt to the Services Desk as proof of payment for Extension classes. Library cards are $12 per year.  Acceptable payment methods are by check or money order only, made out to “UC Regents.” 

Note: Library cards for Extension students do NOT include Interlibrary Loan privileges nor access to licensed databases from off campus.

Non-UCSB Borrowers 

You can buy a library card at the Services Desk during all hours that it is open.  Cards for non-UCSB borrowers are $100 for one year.  Verification of status, proof of residency, a valid government issued ID (drivers license, state ID, passport), and payment by money order or check must be presented when registering.

Specific documentation is required before privileges are granted. Call the Services Desk to determine exactly what documentation is required to obtain library privileges.

Several categories of users are eligible for library cards free of charge, including:

  • California K-12 public school teachers
  • Students, faculty, and staff at other UC campuses
  • Immediate Family (18 yrs. old or older and living in the same residence) of UC faculty and staff
  • Faculty from institutions participating in the OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program
  • Faculty and librarians from WASC accredited institutions of higher learning in California in accordance with the state's Master Plan for Higher Education

Note: Library cards for non-UCSB borrowers do NOT include Interlibrary Loan privileges nor access to licensed databases from off campus.

Proxy Borrowers  

Tenured and tenure-track faculty members who have a valid UCSB library card may designate up to 3 research assistants to check out library materials on their behalf.  Other faculty members may designate one research assistant. These research assistants become "proxies" and will be issued a proxy library card. Proxy borrowing privileges may not be assigned to spouses, domestic partners, children, or friends.  Faculty members accept all responsibility for materials checked out on proxy cards, including replacement costs and non-refundable processing fees.

Applications for proxy library cards are available at the Services Desk.

Note:  Library cards for proxy borrowers do NOT include access to licensed databases from off campus.