UC Berkeley Library

Frequently Asked Questions

Content section: 

FAQ v2.0

Questions? Ask Us!

The book I searched for isn't available here. Can I get books and articles from outside the UC Berkeley libraries?

Yes, there are several ways to do this.

If the item you need is not owned by the UC Berkeley libraries but is owned by one of the other UC libraries, then UC Berkeley faculty, students, and staff may ask for it via the Request button in the Melvyl catalog.

If it is not owned by any of the UC libraries, then UC Berkeley faculty, students, and staff may submit Interlibrary borrowing requests, which allows you to check out materials delivered from other universities.

You will be notified by email when print Interlibrary materials arrive, and you can pick your items up in the Interlibrary Services office in 133 Doe Library.

Does the library provide document delivery?

Yes. Document delivery is provided via the fee-based BAKER document retrieval and delivery service, which locates citations in the Berkeley collection, checks out or photocopies material as appropriate, and delivers the material to your department. If an electronic version of an article you requested is available, BAKER will refer you to a web site where the article can be viewed and printed. If necessary, BAKER will place holds, searches and storage requests on your behalf. If the material is not in the Berkeley collection (and if you have pre-authorized BAKER to do so), BAKER will automatically forward your request to the Interlibrary Borrowing Service.

If you are not a member of the Berkeley campus community, please see the Interlibrary Lending Service website.

What is the Baker Service?

BAKER is a fee-based Document Delivery Service for UCB faculty, staff, graduate students, and UCOP staff with current UCB library cards that locates citations for you in the Berkeley collection, checks out or photocopies material you have requested, delivers items to your department, points you to web sites where the articles can be viewed and printed, and/or places holds, searches and storage requests on your behalf.