Introduction of how your Access Card and UCSBnetID are used in the UCSB Library.
Your Access Card is your basic ID card for the University. The Access card is required to gain entrance during late-night study hours.
This card also serves as your library card for checking out materials, whether at the Services Desk, or at one of the self-checkout machines.
Your graduate student Access Card also works with the card reader on the Graduate Study Lounge (2nd floor) when it is available.
Your library card number is located beneath the barcode on your Access card. It is fourteen digits long, and for UCSB students, it is:
21205, followed by your PERM number, followed by 00.
The library card number is used for requesting books through InterLibrary Loan.
For more information about Access Cards, see: Access Card - Your Campus Credentials
The UCSBnetID is used as your authentication for most electronic services on campus, including GOLD, U-mail, and GauchoSpace.
In the Library, your UCSBnetID is used for:
For more information on these services, see the boxes at right.
For assistance with your UCSBnetID, contact Identity and Access Management.
Wireless Internet Access (Wi-Fi) in the UCSB Library is provided through the campus wireless network. It is only available to holders of a current UCSBnetID and password. The Library does not issue UCSBnetIDs and has no control over them.
For information on using the wireless network in the Library, see: Wireless Internet Access (Wi-Fi) on the UCSB Library website.
Most of the electronic databases, e-books and e-journals provided by the UCSB Library are restricted to on-campus use by our contracts with their publishers. However, current UCSB students, faculty, and staff can access these materials off-campus by using the proxy server or campus Pulse VPN. Both of these tools route your communications through a campus server to the electronic resource desired.
Most links from our databases lists, research guides, and UC Library Search are configured to automatically detect if you are off-campus and will prompt you to log into the proxy server with your UCSBnetID and password automatically.
You can also log into the proxy server ahead of time from the Login drop-down on the Library home page.
You can also install the Off-Campus Access Bookmark Tool on your web browser for easy login.
To use the campus Pulse VPN, see: Using the VPN for Accessing the Library Databases