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Alumni and Visitors

The University of San Francisco is a private, Catholic Jesuit Institution. The primary role of the Gleeson Library | Geschke Center is to further the mission of USF by providing services and resources to our Students, Faculty and Staff.

See information below on library entry, library cards, and library databases.

The information on this page applies only to Gleeson Library | Geschke Center

December 2014 Graduates: Alumni Borrowing Card offer and application form


Library Cards

USF Alumni may purchase a Special Access Only card for $20. This card is good for one year and allows access to the library, but does not allow borrowing.

USF Alumni may purchase a Special Access / Borrowing card for $50. This card is good for one year.

Method of payment is by credit card only.

Please see the Special Access / Borrowing Policies below.

Library Databases

USF Alumni may access the library's databases from within the Library only. Here is more information on finding other online databases that you can access from home.

Access to the Branch Libraries

Alumni may use the branch libraries at the discretion of the branch library staff. Because there are fewer resources in the regions, priority is given to currently enrolled students and teaching faculty. Please call or email in advance to find out the best times to drop in or get help.


Access to the Library

The University of San Francisco is a private, Catholic Jesuit Institution. The primary role of the Gleeson Library | Geschke Center is to further the mission of USF by providing services and resources to our Students, Faculty and Staff.

Access to the Library is available to individuals affiliated with USF or seeking to use Federal Depository documents.

Affiliation is defined as a direct relationship with the USF Community:

  • USF Students
  • USF Faculty & Staff (and their families)
  • Students, faculty, and staff from affiliated schools, colleges, parishes etc. See complete list of affiliation categories in the table below.

Non-Affiliated individuals can:

  • Request access to Federal Depository documents.
  • Request access to the Thacher Gallery.
  • Purchase Special Borrower access cards at the Circulation desk.
  • Request pre-arranged authorization from a library department (Circulation, Periodicals, Reference, Office of the Dean, or Special Collections).

Access to the Library does not guarantee use of all Library services and resources.

Library Cards

Visitors may purchase a library card (credit card payment only) at the following rates:

  1 Year 6 Months 3 Months 1 Month
Access Only $400.00 $300.00 $200.00 $100.00
Access and Borrowing $500.00 $400.00    

Please see the Special Access / Borrowing Policies below.

Special Visitor / Affiliation Categories

Categories of visitors entitled to a Special Access card at no cost include the following:

President's Ambassadors Access/Borrowing
Board of Trustees members Access/Borrowing
Clergy and Religious of the Archdiocese of San Francisco Access/Borrowing
Faculty from Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) Passport program (ID from home institution required) Access/Borrowing
Spouse and Children of USF Faculty and Staff (ID required) Access Only
Faculty from Accredited Bay Area Colleges and Universities (must present current ID from home institution) Access Only

Students from Catholic High Schools in San Francisco (ID Required):

Immaculate Conception Academy (on 24th Street)
Mercy High School (on 19th Avenue)
Riordan High School (on Phelan Avenue)
Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory (on Ellis Street)
St. Ignatius College Preparatory (on 37th Avenue)
Schools of the Sacred Heart (on Broadway)

Day Pass
USF Neighbors: only those continuously renewing since May 1990 Access Only

Special Access / Borrowing Policies

The Library calls your attention to the following policies regarding the application for and use of the Special Access / Borrowing card. If you need further assistance, please call (415) 422-2660 or ask at the Circulation Desk.

Alumni and visitors seeking Special Access / Borrowing privileges should apply in person at the Circulation Desk. Registration procedures must be completed and all applicable fees paid in full before borrowing and/or access privileges are granted.

Library Access between midnight and 8 AM is restricted to current USF students, staff and faculty. The library's hours change throughout the year based on the academic calendar.

The special borrowers card may be used to borrow only materials that are physically located in the Gleeson Library | Geschke Center building. The card is not for use at any other locations such as the Law Library, Branch Libraries, or the Atrium after-hours.

Special borrowers may borrow circulating books and government documents for thirty days with renewal privileges provided no one has placed a "Hold" on the item.

Books may be returned in the chute at the front of the main desk or in the book return chute located outside the main entrance. When the library is closed, deposit materials in the book return chute outside the main entrance.

The Library reserves the right to recall any book in circulation. A book which has been recalled is subject to a $1.00 per day fine if it is returned after the new due date listed on the recall notice.

A fine of $.50 per day per item is charged for overdue books. Replacement charges for lost or damaged materials include a non-refundable processing fee plus all overdue fines which have accrued.

Special borrowers may not borrow materials on Reserve for class assignments.

Special Access / Borrower card holders are not entitled to Interlibrary Loan privileges.

Card holders may access library databases from the computers in the Reference Department, but cannot access the databases from outside the library. See Computers in the Library for access information on all library computer systems.

The Special Access / Borrower card is intended for use solely by the person whose name appears on the card. Privileges are valid through the expiration date on the card. Special Access / Borrower cards are the property of USF and must be returned to the Library at the time of application for renewal. Applicable fees must be paid in full at the time of the request. Cards are renewed at the discretion of the Library.

The Library reserves the right to revoke Access / Borrowing privileges of individuals in any category. The Special Access / Borrower's card is non-transferable.