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**Getting Started with Library Research**

Learn how to use the GTU library, including finding books & articles & more.

Curbside Pickup

The library is offering patrons an opportunity for to pick-up materials to meet your remote learning needs. Should multiple patrons desire the same book, the first request placed will be honored.

As we want to maintain social distancing and safety for all, we will set an appointment schedule to ensure only a single patron will be arriving at any given time. Please read these instructions for a smooth pick-up. 

We do not currently have a regular weekday courier service operating between library locations. Materials are being delivered between the main library and the SFTS branch library once per week. We are unable to retrieve materials from off-site storage.  

Step 1: Place holds on all items in GRACE

Screen shot of the request link in GRACE search results

Please place holds on all the items you would like to pick-up in GRACE. Items that are located in your home library and available on the shelf are ready to be reserved.  If you are unable to place holds or need help doing so, email or chat with the librarians (chat box located below the sidebar on the left side of the page) on the GTU library website. 

Step 2: Make a curbside-pickup appointment.

After you have placed all your holds, please make an appointment in our reservation system (LibCal). 

Pick-up in Berkeley:

Pick-up in San Anselmo:

Step 3: Show up for your appointment

You will receive pick-up notices in your email that will let you know how many items are available for your to pick up. You can also check your Library Account to see the status of your requested items. Simply show up at your appointment to collect your requested items. Please do not come to the library at any other time than your appointment, as we will be maintaining social distancing.

Due to staffing levels and the safety of our employees, we encourage you to limit the number of times you need to visit the library to pickup materials. Library services depend on what the changes to the Shelter-in-Place rules allow. 

Please Note: UCB libraries is offering curbside pickup to GTU member school students, faculty, and staff.

Scanning Services

The library is offering scanning services for GTU Library cardholders to support distance learning. If you cannot find an online copy of an article or a book chapter, and the library owns a physical copy, staff will scan the article or book chapter and email it to you.


Allow at least 3 business days for requests to be processed. First, check the GTU library’s online resources for supplementary materials you can use. Second, check the web (including Google Scholar) and the list of freely available resources here. Then, consider the copyright restrictions below. Generally, requesting a chapter or two, or around 10% of a book or work is allowed under Fair Use Guidelines. Finally, place your scanning request using this form.

Copyright Restrictions 

GTU (all member schools and centers) and the Library comply with United States copyright law. The Library encourages all campus researchers to have a basic understanding of U.S. copyright law and an awareness of their rights and responsibilities regarding reproduction and use of copyrighted material. The GTU Library encourages instructors to apply Fair Use guidelines when excerpting materials for course reserves. For more information, consult the GTU Library’s Copyright Guide. As explained in the Public Statement of Library Copyright Specialists: Fair Use & Emergency Remote Teaching & Research, fair use permits more extensive scanning as part of a legitimate response to a public health emergency, as the one we are currently facing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

General questions about appropriate use of library materials that may be under copyright should be directed to Jeffrey Jackson (GTU) or Stephanie Miller (SFTS) in the Library.


Research Help

Librarians are eager to help guide you in your research via chat, email, and Zoom appointments. 

Common questions include (but aren't limited to): 

  • Am I using the right search strategy? 
  • I have an assignment/paper and I'm not sure where to start.
  • What other databases could I be searching? 
  • How do I download an e-book or e-book chapter? 
  • How do I use Zotero? 

Other ways you can get help: