SEP Offices and Resource Center Temporarily Closed

In alignment with UCSF’s recommendations, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are delaying or suspending non-essential activities and creating conditions to allow for social distancing practices. The Resource Center is closed until further notice.

During this time we will not be checking out any materials from the resource center and not making reservations for materials. We will reassess the situation and offer new guidelines as new updates are released.  We hope that you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy.

The SEP staff may be reach by email:

Thank you – The SEP Team


The cornerstone of all of SEP’s work is the Daly Ralston Resource Center, a lending library of materials to support hands-on health and science teaching. The Resource Center is open to all SFUSD teachers and UCSF volunteers in SFUSD. 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
  • sets of scientific equipment
  • curricula and activity guides

At the Resource Center, scientific equipment is stocked in sets of 20, so that even in large classes, students can work on science investigations in pairs. We also have “kits” – basically a “lesson-in-a-box” that includes all the materials you would need to complete a lesson with your entire class.

**Note – We have a new link to our online catalog of materials. Previously saved/bookmarked pages for the library catalog should be updated to:

Visit the Resource Center:

Access to the Resource Center is free and open to all SFUSD teachers, regardless of whether they are participants in other SEP programs. The Resource Center is also free and open to all UCSF students, staff and faculty volunteering in schools, community centers, and at community events, regardless of whether they are participating in an SEP sponsered activity.


Fall Resource Center School Year Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 3:00 pm-5:30 pm or by appointment.

Summer Hours: Open Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00pm – 5:00pm

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

Returning materials:

You can return materials to the Resource Center any time the office is open (generally M – F, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm).

How does it work?

The Resource Center is staffed by SEP science educators who will help you identify and check out materials, and can give you assistance with planning lessons. You do not need an appointment to visit during the Resource Center’s open hours. On your first visit, allow time for us to introduce you to the materials available and our check-out procedures.

Browse for materials in our online catalog. You can reserve materials by phone or in person.

The loan period for materials is normally one week (two weeks for curriculum materials). During peak periods of use (February through April), loan periods may be shorter. At other times, and depending on the item, you may be able to borrow materials for a longer time.


We look forward to your visit!

Directions to the Resource Center:

A detailed map to SEP can be found here.

Parking: If your visit will last 20 minutes or less, park in the yellow loading zone. If your visit will be longer, please park in the parking lot. Be sure to request a parking sticker when you enter the Resource Center. UCSF Parking Officers are vigilant and do ticket.

If you walk from Parnassus: The walk from the UCSF Medical Center on Parnassus to the Woods Building takes about 15 minutes and is up a steep hill and staircase. See map.

Public Transportation: You can reach the UCSF Medical Center on Parnassus on Muni via the N-Judah, 6, or 43 or many UCSF shuttles.

UCSF Shuttle: Take the UCSF Aldea Shuttle-Bronze (View PDF of shuttle schedule). from the Langley Porter-LPPI stop at 401 Parnassus Ave. The shuttle stops by request at the Woods Building. Note that you do not need a shuttle pass if you are getting off at the Woods Building.

More information:

Resource Center phone: (415) 514-0585
View Resource Center Brochure