Library Remodeling and Collection Change



The ZSFG Library is going through some changes, including the long-term unavailability of Room 3208 for booking starting in October, as well as a large reduction in our collection of physical items. This is part of a larger decision-making process made by the City and County of San Francisco and the Department of Public Health, who oversee the hospital campus.

We hope this information below answers your questions, and we apologize for any inconvenience that this process may cause you as a library user. If you have a further comment or question about this, please contact Stephen Kiyoi at at your convenience. 

  • What’s going on?

    • The back half of the ZSFG Library is being remodeled and turned into a modular training space. For the next two years or so, the space will be used to develop and train people in the new electronic medical records system for the hospital.

  • So it’s not part of the library anymore?

    • It’s still library space, but it’s being used by DPH for the next couple of years as they work to implement the new EMR system. After that, we are currently scheduled to use it as library space once more.

  • Is the remodeling why the library is currently closed to the public?

    • Yes. We will remain closed until sometime into the late fall; we regret we do not have an exact reopening date yet. Staffers will be on duty and numerous library services such as Interlibrary Loan and online collections will still be available, but library spaces and computers will be unable to be used during that time.

  • How do I contact library staff during this closure?

    • Please either email at any time or call (415) 206-3114, during regular business hours (8 am to 5 pm, Mondays through Fridays), for any research support requests or archives inquiries.

  • Is there any public computer access nearby I can use while you’re closed?

    • Yes – the San Francisco Public Library locations in the Mission and Potrero Hill offer public computer access during their regular hours.

  • What about hospital staff computer access?

    • At present we are unaware of any drop-in staff computer access space on the campus. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause you during our closure.

  • Is the library closure why Room 3101 unavailable for booking?

    • Yes. Due to its location in the library itself, Room 3101 cannot be used; online requests cannot be filled using the booking form as a result. Alternate booking space during that time can be found in Room 3208 (through September 28) or via the overall list of conference rooms. When we reopen, 3101 will be available for booking once again, but since we do not know exactly when that will be, please keep checking our website for updates.

  • How will I sign the key out for Room 3208 during the time when the library is closed?

    • As noted above, staff will be on duty in their offices. Please wait by the library door and call us at (415) 206-3114 to ask for the key. We’ll confirm your booking and get you the key; make sure to return the key to us via the same method.

  • Is Room 3208 closed after October 1st?

    • Yes, though this is not part of the general library closure. As a further part of the overall EMR system training across the campus, Room 3208 has been booked for the long term for that project. It will not be available for general booking until the completion of that training; we do not have an exact time for completion, but at present Room 3208 might not be available until 2020. Once more is known, we will update people through our website as soon as we can.

  • Does that mean there's at least some time where both 3101 and 3208 are unavailable?

  • Is Room 3101 going to be closed at any point after reopening as well because of that EMR system training?

    • No. It will always remain open for general booking after the remodeling is complete. Please be advised that with our other room closures, as well as similar long-term room bookings across ZSFG for the EMR system training, demand for Room 3101 will be very high. 

  • I need to book a computer lab. Where else can I go?

    • For the moment, the Department of Education and Training maintains a Computer Training Room for up to 24 people in Bldg. 40 on the 5th floor. Booking can be done via its website or by contacting Antonio Naguiat at 206-4529. PLEASE NOTE: this room is due to be used for the larger electronic record training project as well in the near future; more information will be provided soon.

  • Does this all mean there are no more staff computers?

    • Not true! There are currently sixteen computers available at the front of the library; these will be available after the reopening. Eight of them are dedicated for public use, but the remaining eight will always be set aside for individual use by staff and students. Please always have your badge with you when using these computers.

  • Why did you get rid of so many books?

    • Our print collection was rarely used and sorely out of date, with most journal articles available online and many updated texts available as ebooks. All of the paper books and journals we've removed are available at the main UCSF library at the Parnassus campus, so the information is still accessible. We’re also keeping and expanding our ZSFG Reads print collection, which was developed for all patrons; this will also mean an expansion of our Consumer Health Collection.

  • You shouldn’t throw books away!

    • Most of our books were more than 10 years old and no one would accept them as donations because the information in them is no longer useful. Books that were less than 10 years old were donated to Better World Books, an organization that works to fund high-impact literacy projects in the U.S. and around the world.

  • Is this how things will be from now on?

    • Not quite! We are already considering a variety of possible plans for the future involving our remaining space -- you'll be the first to know what's next!