About Library


The Library is committed to providing access to relevant and representative information resources that will enhance the university’s curriculum, promote scholarship, and support the overall learning experience of the Lincoln University community. We aim to be a central, positive, and impactful part of each student’s experience.


Monday – Thursday:  9:00 am – 6:30 pm
Friday: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Saturday: By Appointment
Sunday: Closed
Monday – Thursday:  9:00 am – 6:30 pm
Friday: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Saturday – Sunday: Closed
Monday-Thursday:  9:00 am – 6:30 pm
Friday: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Saturday: By Appointment
Sunday: Closed

The Library is closed during recesses and on national holidays. Please return books and DVDs on or before the last day of class.

Contact Info

Library Circulation Desk
(510) 379-4048


Nicole Marsh, Head Librarian
(510) 379-4053



Only registered users may borrow materials from the library—this includes current Lincoln University students, faculty and staff. To create an account, complete the Library Account Application Form online or at the Library Circulation Desk.

Textbook Policy

As clearly articulated in the Lincoln University Catalog, students are responsible for acquiring their own textbooks. With about 30-50 textbooks required by Lincoln University courses each semester, any attempt by the library to get a copy of each for each student would quickly consume its book budget. Getting multiple copies and keeping up with the new editions published each year would be nearly impossible.

In accordance with our Collection Development Policy, the library makes every effort to keep two copies of each textbook in the Reserve Collection which students may borrow for 2 hours at a time. Faculty may also donate or loan textbooks to the library’s Reserve collection. Some professors also arrange to keep select articles or chapters in the Library’s password-protected E-Reserves.

Computer Policy

The Library has ten computer stations. Priority is given to students doing research and working on class assignments. Students are not allowed to install software. Some web pages are filtered according to the campus-wide computer policy.  There are also over 40 computer stations in the Computer Lab on the 3rd Floor in the Main Building.

Food & Drink

To avoid any damage to library property, food is not permitted and drinks are only permitted in securely-covered containers.

Cell Phone Usage

To help ensure an environment that encourages study and research, we respectfully request that phone calls be kept to a minimum or taken outside of the library when other patrons are present.