Hildebrand Medical Library

Access for the General Public

The UCSF Fresno Medical Library is accessible to all UCSF and UCSF Fresno employees with badge access. UCSF purchases academic licenses for library resources (journals, ebooks, etc.) and they are only accessible to UCSF faculty & voluntary appointments (as designated by deans and provost), staff (per HR), and students (per registrar – note that visiting medical students are considered UCSF students by the registrar). 

We have curated the following free links for the general public to access medical literature and resources:

UC Libraries 

This link will allow you to search for documents held by all UC libraries. Be sure to check the box marked "Open Access" and then click, "Enter as Guest for Library Materials and Free Resources" when prompted. 




PubMed Central®

PubMed Central® (PMC) is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).

UCSF Library
Research GuidES

This link will provide you with research guides curated by UCSF subject experts, on a variety of topics. Example, e-books, copyright, grants, etc. Hyperinks within each guide may contain resources only available to UCSF affiliates. 

OpenMD Search

OpenMD.com is a search engine that makes high-quality medical information easily accessible to everyone and prioritizes freely-accessible content whenever available. OpenMD searches billions of documents from government agencies, global health organizations, medical journals, and reference sites.

Alternative Access

This link provides some additional strategies to accessing research articles if you are not a UCSF Affiliate. 

San Joaquin Valley Library System

This link will allow you to register for a library eCard. As a resident of San Joaquin Valley, you have free access to a variety of resources through your county library.

Fresno County Library
Madera County Library
Merced County Library
Tulare County Library

Free Newspaper Access

Access the Fresno Bee in your web browser for free. Full text coverage is available online from March 1986 to the present. This link is for those who have a Fresno County library card.

Access the New York Times in your web browser or with the NYT app. This link is for those who have a Fresno County library card.

Free eBooks, Audiobooks, and Videos 

This link will allow you access to OverDrive, a collection of eBooks, audiobooks, videos that can be accessible on your computer or by downloading the OverDrive app. This link is for those who have a Fresno County library card.