Ask a Librarian

The Library Building currently has restricted access. For more information on available spaces and services, please see our Library Resources and Services Available in Summer 2021 guide, or contact the Library using our 24/7 Ask a Librarian service.

Research Assistance is available using CHAT and email only until regular building access resumes. 

There are many ways for students and faculty to quickly contact a librarian during staffed hours. You may also look up individual librarians by name or by department or program.

CHAT Library Help

CHAT (Instant Messaging) Library Help is available by clicking on the Ask Us icon in the upper right corner of any page. This is usually during the same times as the Research Assistance desk hours


Text Library Help

texting help

(415) 933-0385

Text us for Library Help during the Research Assistance desk hours

Research Assistance

in person help

Drop in at the Library's Research Assistance Desk on the 1st Floor near the Book Checkout & Pickup Desk for face-to-face help during Fall and Spring semesters. Research Assistance desk hours

Research Consultation


Contact the Library Liaison who specializes in the subject area closest to what you're working on to schedule an in-depth research consultation session. 

Email Research Assistance

email help

Send your question via the Email Questions Form. Get an answer within 48 hours.

Email Research Assistance Guide

Telephone Library Help

telephone help

(415) 338-1974

Call us with quick questions, during Research Assistance desk hours. Sorry, this is only a live service; you cannot leave a question in voicemail.