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Research

A guide to research using the print collections and online databases of the DI Library as well as open-access resources

Borrowing from Other Libraries

If you cannot find what you need in the DI collections and online resources, DI Librarians can usually borrow materials from the libraries listed below. Please contact the Library to request an item from another library.

Using Other Area Libraries

Public Libraries

All people are welcome in public libraries. Anyone may use the spaces, computers, and collections of any public library. To borrow books or other materials, and to access online resources such as ebooks and databases from home, you will need a library card.

Most public libraries in the San Diego area offer free library cards to all.

Visit the website of each public library system to find hours and locations, get a digital library card, search the catalog, and enjoy ebooks, audiobooks, digital magazines, and more.

Academic Libraries

All people are welcome in the libraries of public colleges and universities, including UC, CSU and community colleges. Anyone may use the spaces, computers, and collections of these libraries. You may also use library computers to access most online resources, such as ebooks and databases. To borrow books or other materials, you will need a library borrowing card.

Some academic libraries in the San Diego area offer library borrowing cards to community members free of charge while others charge an annual fee. These community borrowing cards do not provide access to online resources; to use those, you must visit the library in person and use a library computer.

Visit the website of each library to find hours and locations, and to search the catalog.