UC Berkeley Library

Can members of the public access materials from NRLF?

The Northern Regional Library Facility (NRLF) is a cooperative library storage site owned and operated by the University of California in Richmond, CA.

Members of the public can visit the NRLF Reading Room with a government issued ID (driver's license, state issued ID, passport) to access NRLF materials on-site. To ensure materials will be available at the time of their visit patrons are encouraged to email nrlfreq@library.berkeley.edu in advance with their specific material requests.

Members of the public with a government issued ID (driver's license, state issued ID, passport) can also request materials from the NRLF in person at the Circulation Desk in Doe Library (see below for exceptions). Patrons are encouraged to call the Circulation Desk at (510) 643-4431 before their visit to ensure that specific items will be accessible for library use. Items requested at the Circulation Desk in Doe Library before 10am will be available to view after 4pm on the same day. Items requested after 10am will be available after 4pm the next business day. NRLF deliveries are Monday-Friday only. Items requested after 10am on Friday will be available after 4pm the following Monday.

NRLF items listed in OskiCat with a Restricted Use status may not be available to members of the public via the Circulation Desk in Doe Library. Please contact the Circulation Desk for the Library listed in the OskiCat Location field to inquire about accessing any restricted use NRLF item.

Members of the public and UC Affiliates cannot request materials in OskiCat with the location of Bancroft (NRLF) or UC Archives (NRLF) in person. The Bancroft Library is a non-circulating library and archives. These materials should be requested using the Bancroft request link and all materials must be consulted in the Heller Reading Room. Members of the public and UC affiliates will need to create an account in the Bancroft’s online registration system. Please see detailed instructions on how to register to use materials. Please note that it can take up to 3 days for materials to arrive at Bancroft from NRLF. Please plan accordingly.

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