Daly Ralston Resource Center

The Daly Ralston Resource Center is a lending library of materials to support hands-on health and science teaching. The Resource Center is open to all SFUSD and SF charter school teachers and anyone at UCSF doing community outreach work. Our collection of thousands of items includes:

  • Over 120 wet human anatomical specimens
  • Animal skulls of 50 different species
  • Classroom sets of compound and dissecting microscopes
  • Anatomical models
  • Posters and charts
  • Rock specimens
  • Classroom sets of scientific equipment like stethoscopes, dissecting tools, stopwatches, and much more
  • Curricula and activity guides
  • “Lessons-in-a-box” that include all the materials you need to teach a lesson, such as strawberry DNA extraction

Contact Us

Tel: (415) 514-0585

Mail us: sep.rc@ucsf.edu

Operating Hours

Monday & Wednesday 2:30-5:30 PM

Tuesday & Thursday 3-6 PM

All other times by appointment via sep.rc@ucsf.edu

The Resource Center is closed on all UCSF and SFUSD holidays and breaks.


Why is it called the Daly Ralston Resource Center?

The Daly Ralston Resource Center was named in 2001 in memory of UCSF professor Diane Daly Ralston — dedicated teacher, skilled researcher, and beloved friend to SEP. Diane was very supportive of SEP’s work and helped us establish our extensive collection of human organ specimens. We are grateful to Diane and others at UCSF for supporting community access to these incredible learning tools.

Visit the Resource Center

Who can borrow materials:

Access to the Resource Center is free and open to all SFUSD and SF charter school teachers and UCSF students, staff and faculty, regardless of whether they are participants in other SEP programs.

Accessing the Building:

To access the Resource Center at 654 Minnesota, use the main entrance on Minnesota. Locate the directory and press the SEP Resource Center button. We will buzz you in.

Head down the long hallway on the first floor, along the right side of the staircase and look for the sign on the left side of the Hallway that says UCSF Science and Health Education Partnership – Resource Center.  Knock and a staff member will open the door and greet you.

How it works:

  • The RC is staffed by SEP science educators who help you identify and check out materials and assist with planning lessons. You do not need an appointment to visit during the Resource Center’s open hours.
  • On your first visit, allow time to explore materials and learn our check-out procedures.
  • Browse materials in our online catalog at the RC or from your computer. You can reserve materials by phone or in person.

Borrow materials! For Free! The loan period for most materials is normally one week. During peak periods of use (February through April), loan periods may be shorter.

Directions to the New Daly Ralston Resource Center at 654 Minnesota

A detailed map to SEP can be found here.


There is free 1 hour parking around our building on Minnesota Street and 19th Street and a little further away on Tennessee St.

Walking from Mission Bay campus

From 4th and Campus Way walk on 4th Street south across 16th Street through the courtyard of the UCSF Medical Center, then cross Mariposa Street. 4th St turns into Minnesota Street. 654 Minnesota is on your right, just before Esprit Park. The walk takes about 10 minutes, see map.

Public Transit

Muni: KT Train, 22, 15, 55, or 48. Additional SF MUNI Information is available here.

UCSF Shuttles to Mission Bay campus

  • Grey Shuttle from UCSF Parnassus Campus 
  • Gold or Blue Shuttles from Mount Zion or ZSFG
  • Red Shuttle from BART 16th and Mission
The walk from the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay to the Resource Center at 654 Minnesota takes about 10 minutes. See walking directions. (View PDF of all UCSF shuttle schedules)

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