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The Public Health Library is open to the public; users are free to browse.

Checking Out Materials:
Current UCB Students, staff, faculty: To check out materials, use your UC Berkeley ID (Cal 1 Card)
Others: Please see this information about obtaining a library card and borrowing privileges.
Cards are not transferable.

Public Health Library borrowing is automated for all items except unbound journals and microfiche (you will need to fill out a form at the Circulation Desk for these).

Microfiche reader/printers are available at several campus libraries. Microfiche readers with a scanner attached are available at the Doe and Law Libraries.

Loan Periods:
Books are loaned for one month (subject to recall). If the book you want is checked out, you can request it through OskiCat.

Course reserves have two hour or one day loan periods.


Document holders are library use only and circulate for two hours.

USB flash drives (1GB or 2GB) circulate for 1 day.

Reference material, permanent reserves and selected other materials are library use only.

» See Summary of Loan Periods.

Renew your books online using My OskiCat. Books (limit five) can be renewed by telephone. Journals, reserves, and microfiche are non-renewable.

Items may be renewed no sooner than:

If you attempt to renew an item too soon via My OskiCat, you will see a "TOO SOON TO RENEW" message. One-month loan items may be renewed up to 11 times.

Return of Materials:
Borrowers may now return books to any campus library location, rather than having to return them to the owning library. Exception applies to course reserves, interlibrary loans, and materials from the Law Library and special items such as maps, music scores and media.

Course or Permanent Reserves are requested at the Circulation desk. Find the call number in OskiCat, then present the call number to Circulation Desk staff.

If you don't find the book you want on the shelf, recheck the call number, then look for it on the shelving trucks and around the Scanner/Printer. Check the OskiCat record to see if it is charged out. If not found, ask the Circulation desk attendant to begin an official search.

When the book you want is already checked out, you may place a "hold" on it using "Request" in OskiCat or at the Circulation desk. The borrower to whom it is checked out is given up to seven days (for a book with a one-month loan period) to return it. Upon its return, you will receive a "HOLD NOTICE" by e-mail and the book will be held for you. Holds may not be placed on reserve material or journals.

Overdue/Replacement Charges:
Overdue books and books not returned when recalled are subject to replacement charges. A standard minimum replacement fee of $150.00 is charged per bound journal volume or book, $32.00 minimum per unbound journal issue, depending on the imprint date. A processing fee of $10.00 per item (non refundable) is also charged. If the book is returned within 90 days of the original billing date, you will be eligible for a refund of the item replacement costs, but will still need to pay the $10 processing charge. After 90 days from the billing date, no refunds for paid bills will be provided. Fines also accrue for overdue reserve items. For 2-hour reserve items, fines are $2.50/hour per item and $10/day per item for 1-day loans to a maximum of $60. Please note: these fines cannot be waived or appealed. At the maximum, the borrower is blocked and must pay the full bill to be cleared.

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Assistance in using the online catalogs and databases is available weekdays at the Reference Desk. For clarification of borrowing policies or help with billing problems, ask for the Circulation Supervisor. Student desk attendants can assist with most problems.

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