Physics-Astronomy Library, University of Califorinia, Berkeley
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 The Physics-Astronomy Library, is a science library on the UC Berkeley Campus, it serves the Departments of Physics and Astronomy, Physical Sciences Division of the College of Letters & Science, the campus and community. The research-level collection includes materials in all formats in the areas of astronomy, physics, astrophysics, cosmology; atomic, molecular and opticalphysics; condensed matter; experimental particle physics; theoretical high energy physics, nonlinear dynamics; galaxies, planets, mathematical, chemical and biophysics.

Current UCB faculty, students, staff and patrons in the library have systemwide access to licensed electronic resources such as scholarly journals, electronic books, print journals and books, abstracts, indexes, data and citation management software. The Library collects videos and DVDs of colloquia and visiting lecturers and is streaming older videos.

Most material is shelved in open stacks. Current & bound periodicals are in alphabetical order with a few selected titles on reserve at the Circulation Desk. Books and folios (oversized books) are shelved in Library of Congress call number order.
 The Physics-Astronomy Library, is a subject branch of the University of California, Berkeley Library system. All Users are welcome to browse the collection, use library materials and the library computers. Only users with valid, current UC Berkeley student, faculty or staff CalNet photo ID or current Library cards issued by the Library Privileges Desk in the Main (Doe) Library may borrow library materials. Service priority is given to UC students, faculty and staff. You may be asked to show UCB campus identification.
 Our address is: 351 Le Conte Hall. We are located on the 3rd floor of Le Conte Hall, in the center of campus and adjacent to the Campanile. Our circulation desk phone number is: 510.642.3122; it is answered during open hours.
 See Visiting & getting around, or go to the Visitor Center at 101 University Hall, 2200 University Ave, located at the corner of University Avenue and Oxford Street. [Google map]
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  Reference service is available by email and by appointment. You can contact the librarian by phone (510.664.7158) or email ( to ask a question or set up an appointment.
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 visit: Science Libraries@UC Berkeley
visit: the full list of Collections+
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NRLF / STORAGE (Northern Regional Library Facility)
 Many older books & journals in the Physics-Astronomy Library collection are in off-campus storage due to lack of space and infrequent use.
Library card holders and UCB students, staff and faculty may REQUEST materials from NRLF using OskiCat or complete a request form at the circulation desk. Retrieval usually requires 1-2 days, excluding weekends. Holders of valid UC library borrower's cards may visit NRLF in person. Shuttle bus service to go to NRLF is available.
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INTERNET ACCESS & COMPUTERUSAGE - Conditions of Use and Licensing Restrictions for Electronic Resources,
On Campus:
Library computers allow access to library resources available on campus. CalNet ID is required for full Internet access. Research access is available to all visitors including catalogs, article databases and licensed library resources, as well as website's in the .edu, .gov, and .org domains (details | local alternatives for Internet access).
Wireless Internet access is available for current UC Berkeley students, staff and faculty through AirBears.
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OFF CAMPUS ACCESS: is available to current students, staff and faculty.
Proxy Service allows authorized UC Berkeley (current students, staff and faculty) users to gain remote access (from off campus) to electronic resources licensed by the UC Berkeley Library. Use this link for current configuration directions.
VPN (Virtual Private Network) Service. Use this link for installation & directions. After you install on your computer, log-in with a CalNet ID to establish a secure connection with the campus network. For more information, see our VPN FAQ.
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COMPUTER USE POLICIES: Physics-Astronomy Library computer use policies:
Limit your search time to 20 minutes when others are waiting.
Limit personal email, general surfing and other non-research use
Please be observant and comply with staff announcements.
Do not tamper with computers (i.e. add software, change configurations, by pass system restrictions).
    Loss of privilege is a consequence of tampering.
Playing games is prohibited.
Computer, Internet and Electronic Resources Information:
 UC Berkeley Library Computer Use Policy
Conditions of Use and Restrictions for Electronic Resources
Computers in the UC Berkeley Libraries - guide
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 The Library has 1 self-service scanner and printer. The public PCs print to the printer server.
You may scan to a flash drive or the printer.
Scanning & Printing in the Libraries.
UCB Students, Faculty and Staff use your CAL1 CARD.
You can add scanner/printer funds at CAL1 Card Services.

Cal1 Guest Cards are at the circulation desk or the Copy Services Window in Moffitt Library, M-F, 8-5.
You will need to log into the internet and add value to your Guest Card with a credit or debit card.

  COMPUTER FACILITIES on CAMPUS: This map shows computer labs where you can use software and print your own documents.
These computer labs generally have software and printingavailable.
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Physics-Astronomy Library: 351 Le Conte Hall, University of California, Berkeley CA 94720-1796 • (510) 642-3122