Library Remodeling and Collection Change

You'll see some notable changes in our library in summer 2018, including remodelling in the back area and the closure of the Microcomputer Center, 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 immediate questions about what is happening, 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 stephen.kiyoi@ucsf.edu 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.

  • 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    • Our print collection was rarely used and sorely out of date, with most journal articles available online and many updated texts available as ebooks.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 that we’re weeding 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Can I go into the back and use that space?

    • No. The space is being used exclusively by DPH for EMR training for the foreseeable future. We don’t have control of that space at this time.

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

    • Not true! There are now sixteen computers available at the front of the library.  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.

  • 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!