Home | UC Berkeley Library Web | UC Berkeley

Search this site:   Help


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, ask at the Circulation Desk to have it recalled.

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.

Please return materials to the same library from which you borrowed them by the due date to avoid overdue penalties. Renew items that you need to keep longer.

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 year loan items may be renewed up to 3 times; all other items are limited to 11 renewals.

Return of Materials:
Library materials are considered returned only when received in the library unit from which they were borrowed. Problems in mail routing may sometimes cause a patron's privileges to be blocked. Patrons are responsible for the item until it reaches the owning library.

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 photocopy machines. 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 patron 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.
» More information

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.

» About the Public Health Library

Home UC Berkeley Library Web UC Berkeley Contact Us