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Richard Welsh Library: Borrowing



You can now borrow print materials through Curbside Pickup. Find Out How or explore our online resources


Quick Links:

Sign into your account 

Check your due dates

Renew check outs

See the status of holds

Library Guide 

Circulation Policy 



Borrowing Lengths

Open Shelf Books

3 weeks


1 week

DVDs / Games

1 week

Thesis Books

1 week


Late Fines

$0.25 per day 

$0.25 per hour reference items

$5.00 per day thesis books

Pay your fines! Late fines can result in a hold on your student account, which prevents class registration and graduation.


Returning Items

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, returns must be scheduled. Schedule your visit to Campus. 

Mobile Catalog

QR code to access mobile site Scan the QR Code to access our mobile catalog


borrowing policy

Borrowing Privileges FAQS

Who can borrow books?

       • Current Students  •  Faculty  • Local Alumni • AIA San Diego Members


How many books can I check out at a time?

  • 20 items may be checked out at a time
  • thesis books are limited to 1 check out at a time
  • magazines are limited to 2 check outs at time


I have no connection to NewSchool, can I still use the library?

  • The library is currently closed to community members due to COIVD-19 restrictions
  • Please contact us at 619-684-8783  or send us an email for more information.


How do I get an account?

  • When you enroll at NewSchool an account is generated for you. Having trouble accessing library materials? Contact Us

Renewing Items:

How do I renew my items?


My items are not renewing, what's wrong?

  • items can be renewed a maximum of three times OR
  • another student has requested the item


Someone has the item I need, what do I do?


I can't make it into the library until later, can you save a book for me?


How will I know my hold is ready?

  •  You will receive 2 emails: 
    1. Confirms you placed the hold
    2. Notifies you that the hold item is ready for pick up


Where is my hold located?

  • Due to COVID-19 restrictions all print materials must be scheduled for curbside pickup. Find Out How. 

RICHARD WELSH LIBRARY at NewSchool of Architecture +Design

1249 F Street San Diego CA 92101

619 684 8783