Social Welfare Library
UC Berkeley
227 Haviland Hall #6000
Berkeley, CA 94720

Phone: 510-642-4432
photograph: circulation desk at the Social Welfare Library in Haviland Hall

Borrowing from the Social Welfare Library

Who can borrow material
Loan periods
Recalls
Renewals
Searches
Email notification
Overdue and lost items
NRLF material
Document delivery
Interlibrary borrowing
Reference collection

Who can borrow material
Any member of the public may use the Social Welfare Library collection in the library without a library card.  Checking out material for use outside the library requires a campus ID (for UCB students, faculty and staff) or a UCB-issued library card (for non-UCB-affiliated borrowers). More information about library cards and privileges is available here. All cards are issued at the semi-circular Privileges Desk on the 1st floor of Doe Library

Loan periods

Most open and desk stack items

  • 1 month (undergraduates, general public, UC staff)
  • 3 months (graduates)
  • 1 year (faculty)

Course reserve items

2 hours / overnight

Bound journals

2 hours / overnight

Unbound journals

2 hours / overnight

Reference items

Library use only

  • Loan periods and due dates may vary among the campus libraries.  It is your responsibility to note the due dates for Social Welfare Library items and to return or renew them by those dates.

  • 2-hour items may be checked out overnight within two hours of closing.

  • OskiCat will note whether an item is on reserve, is a reference item, or has some other use restriction.
  • Manage your library books through My OskiCat. You can see what books are checked out to you from all libraries, when they are due, and renew them yourself online.

Recalls
If you need an item that is checked out to another borrower, you may recall it. The other borrower will be notified to return the item within 7 days. The library will notify you that the item has arrived and hold it for you for one week. All notifications are done by email, so be sure your email address is current.

You can place a recall yourself by logging into My OskiCat. You can also use My OskiCat to check on the status of any books you have recalled or checked out. You may also come in during business hours. We do not recall books over the phone.

If you have a book that has been recalled by another borrower, please be considerate and return it by the new due date. If you still need the item, you can place another hold at the time your return it. The other borrower will have a week to use it.

Renewals
You may renew items

  • yourself by logging into My OskiCat. You can also use My OskiCat to check on the status of any books you have recalled or checked out.
  • by calling the library at 510-642-4432.
  • by coming in during business hours.

My OskiCat will not renew books prematurely. Generally, you can begin renewing books within one to two weeks of the due date. If you try to renew online and are unable, wait a few days and try again, or contact the library for help.

Please note: 2-hour loans must be renewed in person only. They may be renewed overnight within two hours of closing.

Searches
If you don't find the item you want on the shelf, be sure to ask at the circulation desk for assistance. If library staff are unable to locate it immediately, you may place a search on the item and we will conduct a thorough search of the stacks and temporary shelving areas. You will be notified with the results of the search by email.

E-Mail Notification
All notifications for recalls, pickups, overdue notices, bill warnings, and search notices, are now done via email. You should be sure the library has your correct email address.

To update your email address:

  • UCB faculty, staff and students. Use the CalNet Directory and make changes in two places:
    Edit Person Information
    Edit Address Information

IMPORTANT: Do not update your information through My OskiCat as any changes will be overwritten by updates to the CalNet Directory.

  • Library cardholders: update your email address via My OskiCat.

Overdue and lost items
You are responsible for noting the due date and time of the item you borrow. If the item becomes overdue, your borrowing privileges may be blocked at all campus libraries. Patrons with outstanding charges may not be able to use library databases from off-campus. In addition, students with outstanding library charges may also have their registration blocked. See the library page for more information about overdue charges and payments. If you have lost a library item, you may be able to replace it in lieu of paying the replacement charge. More information about that option is here.

NRLF material
Due to space constraints, some older or rarely-used material is shelved at the library off-campus site, the Northern Regional Library Facility (NRLF).  You may page this material directly through OskiCat or you may request it at the library's circulation desk. The NRLF items you request may be from any campus library.  Allow two working days for the material to be delivered to the Social Welfare Library.  You may also go directly to NRLF and use the material there.

Document delivery
BAKER is a retrieval service offered to eligible faculty, students and staff.  For a nominal fee, the library will obtain library material requested by the user. An account with BAKER is required.

Interlibrary borrowing
The UC Berkeley Library maintains cooperative relations with academic and many non-academic libraries around the country. Eligible users may page material from other institutions if it is not in the UC Berkeley collection. Books may be requested using the "Request" buttons on the search results screens of OskiCat or Melvyl.  See the Interlibrary Borrowing Services web page for details.

Reference collection
The library maintains a reference collection which is shelved to the right of the circulation desk. The reference collection contains encyclopedias, dictionaries, statistical sources, directories, agency standards, and more. All reference books are for library use only and are identified by yellow tape over the spine. In-person reference assistance is also available.

   
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