About LU Library





The Library is committed to supporting Lincoln University’s mission is to provide access to relevant and representative information resources that will enhance the university’s curriculum, promote scholarship, and support the overall learning experience of Lincoln University students. The library aims to be a central, positive and impactful part of each student’s experience. 


Fall & Spring
Monday-Thursday:  8:45 am – 6:30 pm
Friday-Saturday: 8:45 am – 3:30 pm
Sunday: Closed

Monday-Thursday:  8:45 am – 6:30 pm
Friday: 8:45 am – 3:30 pm
Saturday-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.


Lincoln University Library
420 15th Street
Oakland, CA 94612


Library Circulation Desk
(510) 379-4048

Nicole Marsh, Head Librarian
(510) 379-4053

Contact the Library for:

  • Renewals
  • Placing material on hold
  • Course Reserves
  • Theses (BA398) and internship reports (BA399)
  • Reference questions
  • Research assistance
  • APA style citations
  • Interlibrary Loan requests
  • Collections & policies of other libraries
  • Recommend new books, journals, videos/DVD’s, databases, software, etc.
  • Library instruction (group workshops, classroom visits, or one-on-one meeting)


Library Policies

Textbook Policy
Computer Stations
Food & Drink
Cell Phone Usage


Only registered users may borrow materials from the library—this includes current Lincoln University students, faculty and staff. To create an account, ask the library staff for a Library Account Application Form.


Length for Borrowing
The amount of time a user may borrow an item depends on the demand, number of copies and type of material. In most cases:

  • Regular Books = 7 or 21 days
  • Videos /DVDs = 7 Days
  • Reserve Materials = 2 hours

Materials may be renewed unless another user has placed it on hold. Most materials may be renewed three times before it is necessary to return the items to the library. DVDs may only be renewed one time per checkout. Renewals may be done via phone (510) 379-4048 or email to library@lincolnuca.edu.

On Hold
Materials may be placed on hold via phone (510) 379-4048 or email to library@lincolnuca.edu.

Overdue Fines
It is borrower’s responsibility to be aware of due dates for library materials, and to return them on time. If items are overdue, fines will accrue at the following rates:

  • 7 and 21 day Items = $.10 per day
  • 2 hour Reserve Items = $.50 per 30 minutes / $10 per night
  • Recalled Items = $1.00 per day

Lost or Damaged Items
Borrowers are responsible for the replacement cost.

Textbook Policy

Are students responsible for purchasing their own textbooks?
Yes. As with most universities, and as clearly articulated in the LU Catalog, students are responsible for acquiring their own textbooks. Why? 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.

Does the library have any textbooks that I can borrow?
Yes. The library makes every effort to keep 2 copies of each textbook in the Reserve Collection, which students may borrow for 2 hours. Faculty may also donate or loan textbooks to the library's Reserve collection.

Why are the overdue fines so much for Reserve books?
The fees are high so that students will return them on time, thus making them more accessible to all students. Reserve textbooks are NOT for classroom use.

Computer Stations

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.

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 minimal or taken outside of the library when other patrons are present.