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All San Diego State Library materials may be returned to the circulation desk. Return receipts are available upon request. For borrowers' convenience, book returns are available for use both during and after hours. Materials returned after the circulation desk closes may not be checked in until the next day the library is open. Recalled items are due by the recall due date before the circulation desk closes.

Materials That Must be Returned to Original Checkout Desk:

  • Reserve materials
  • Non-book items (e.g. audio/video tapes and disks, microfiche, CD-Roms, maps, DVDs, equipment)
  • Fragile materials

Book Return Methods

*Items returned through a drop box takes time to be processed. An email receipt is generated once an item is checked. For your peace of mind, please consider taking a video when dropping items into a dropbox. 

Campus Book Returns

Campus book returns are found on the outside of the library and in front of the Arts and Letters Building. Library book returns are located near the main entrance of the Library Addition (Dome), at the entrance of the Library Computing Hub, and on the north side of the Love Library.

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Drive-Up Book Returns

The drive-up book returns are located near the corner of Hardy Avenue and Campanile Drive in front of the SDSU Gateway Center.

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Mail Returns

Please remember that books remain your responsibility until they are received and checked in at a circulation desk. If you are out of town, avoid late charges by maintaining your current email and postal mail address with the University, keeping up with the status of the materials you have checked out, and allowing sufficient time for return by mail. 

Shipping through the United State Postal Service by "Media Mail" is a cost effective way to ship books back to the library. More information can be found at

If you return a book by mail, be aware that it may take more time than you expect to reach the library. Mail comes to campus, then to the  library, and then to the circulation desk. University staff may accept delivery of an item a day or two in advance of its being checked in at the library circulation desk. Using a form of mail that allows you to track a package will help you know it has been delivered.

Mailing Address:

SDSU Library And Information Access
Circulation Desk
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182

Contact Us

Circulation Contact

Location: Library Addition, 1st Floor
Phone: 619.594.6793

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